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National Co-op Challenge 2014
July 10, 2014 No Comments

Urban Eatin’ a Finalist in National Co-op Challenge 2014

Voting has begun! Go to the official National Co-op Challenge website to watch the videos and cast your vote (see us in the “Western” region near the bottom). See below to sign-up for email reminders to vote throughout this challenge (you can vote once per day).

We are excited to announce that with the help of your votes this fall, we could win $25,000 from the National Co-op Challenge (NCC)! Visit their website for details on the contest. All monies won must be used for the projects outlined in the co-op’s initial application to the National Co-op Challenge, designed to grow the co-op and improve services to the citizens they serve.

All 16 finalists are listed below (divided into 4 regions). We are the only co-op from Winnipeg this year. Each will produce a 90-second video for the public to vote on between September 3rd and October 1st, 2014.


August 29, 2013 No Comments

Recommened: “Edible City: Grow the Revolution” (free watch)

Edible City: Grow the Revolution is a feature-length documentary that examines the Good Food movement in San Francisco Bay Area, and around the world.

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the local Good Food Movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative work– from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies—  finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.


August 29, 2013 No Comments

Recommended: ‘The Botany of Desire’ (free watch)

“The Botany of Desire, a free PBS documentary on the evolutionary relationship between humans and plants. Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world, seen from the plants’ point of view. The program shows how four familiar species — the apple, the tulip, cannabis and the potato — evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty…” (from PBS website)

Watch for free on YouTube (embedded above) or PBS.

More about the film (from PBS website):

Flowers. Trees. Plants. We’ve always thought that we controlled them. But what if, in fact, they have been shaping us? Using this provocative question as a jumping off point, The Botany of Desire, a two-hour PBS documentary based on the best-selling book by Michael Pollan, takes us on an eye-opening exploration of our relationship with the plant world – seen from the plants’ point of view.


August 29, 2013 No Comments

Recommended: ‘King Corn’ Documentary (free watch)

From corn and subsidies to cattle feed, burgers, corn syrup, pop and more. A must (free) watch for those interested in the food system of the U.S. (not sure on exact differences in Canada).

Best quote from an Iowa corn farmer.. “You shouldn’t be [impressed]. You should be impressed at the stupidity. We aren’t growing quality, we’re growing crap. The poorest quality crap the world has ever seen.”


King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.


Creeping Bellflower, Campanula rapunculoides
July 4, 2013 2 Comments

Campanula: a weed or a green?

You may recognize this native Eurasian plant Campanula rapunculoides (a.k.a. Creeping Bellflower) as an invasive weed in your Winnipeg garden (or even your whole neighborhood). This is different than Campanula rotundifolia and other much less invasive varieties of Campanula (a.k.a. bluebells, harebells). Hand weeding Companula rapunculoides is difficult due to its dense and abundant roots and shoots. Any small roots left behind after weeding will spring back up within a couple weeks, and begin spreading again throughout your garden.


Open Source Ecology logo
June 29, 2013 No Comments

Great Idea: “Open Source Ecology”

“Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts…”

More information at http://opensourceecology.org/

June 3, 2013 No Comments

“Mixed Greens” Article in Winnipeg Free Press

Edible gardens feast for eyes and mouths

by Mark Klassen from Urban Eatin’
Updated: June 1, 2013 from the Winnipeg Free Press

Many of us in the urban environment would love to be able to provide more food for ourselves, our families and our communities, safely assured the seed saved from our own food plants will produce in future years, that our soil is free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and that our compostable waste aids the sustainable cycle of soil health.


May 29, 2013 No Comments

2-min Why Co-ops Rock! “Co-operatives are the antibodies of globalization” with John Restakis

Short and sweet — 2 minutes on why co-operatives can beat out capitalistic globalization. 2012: Year of the Co-operative!

Co-operatives by their nature are local. They’re controlled by members that live in the communities where they work. They are democratic, it’s in their DNA, and they have a primary focus on serving the needs of their members in their community; not the needs of capital that is concentrated in New York or London or Hong Kong.

See more at http://www.ilstv.com


Our Common Roots film
May 24, 2013 No Comments

Our Common Roots: A film on the Healing Power of Herbs (including many you could grow in your garden)

We may be able to grow beautiful gardens in our yards, and even produce gardens that fill our dinner tables, but can we identify which plants strengthen our immune system or combat an illness? Or which plants have been held as sacred with the indigenous people’s of the area? Learning about the medicinal aspects of the plants we grow in our gardens has never been easier than watching the film “Our Common Roots”. With a fellow local Winnipeg herbalist and film-maker, we hope you can help support this project and share it with your friends — gardens are more than a beautiful use of your yard, or even an indulgence of flavour and taste — they can strengthen our mind, body and soul and help generations balance the dis-order and dis-ease that continually challenge our health.


May 13, 2013 No Comments

BUILD Profile on Global Television

5-min video on BUILD (Building Urban Industries for Local Development) — a social enterprise non-profit contractor and a training program for people who face barriers to employment.

A member of the Canadian Community Economic Network, BUILD (Building Urban Infrastructure for Local Development) seeks a Winnipeg where bills in low-income housing are affordable and where the residents who live in this housing have gainful, family-supporting employment.



March 14, 2013 No Comments

Spring 2013 Newsletter

2013 Garden Planning!

Mid-winter is upon us, and the sun lingers longer and longer over the horizon. Garden dreams and schemes are germinating in the minds and hearts of gardeners Winnipeg-wide. Now is a great time to contact us or fill-out our online form to book a consultation and time for a garden design. An early start on the season gives more time to explore ideas, find specific varieties and have a plan in place for when the ground thaws…


March 14, 2013 1 Comment

Cob Oven Workshop 2013 at Nourished Roots


Join us 80km north of Winnipeg in Fraserwood, at Nourished Roots, where we will build a wood-fired cob oven over the course of this two-day workshop.

Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, binder and water. It is a natural building medium, and variations of this mode of building can be found all over the globe.

Cob is a wonderful thermal mass. It comprises the oven body, and also acts as a mortar to build the plinth of the oven. The cob oven we will build during this workshop is called a black oven. This means that the firebox and the cooking chamber are the same.


March 14, 2013 No Comments

Cob Oven Workshop 2013 at Harborside Farms


NOTE: This workshop has been cancelled due to insufficient registration. Apologies to those interested.

Join us on a beautiful farm, Harborside Farms, just outside of Pilot Mound where we will build a wood-fired cob oven over the course of this two-day workshop.

Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, binder and water. It is a natural building medium, and variations of this mode of building can be found all over the globe.

Cob is a wonderful thermal mass. It comprises the oven body, and also acts as a mortar to build the plinth of the oven. The cob oven we will build during this workshop is called a black oven. This means that the firebox and the cooking chamber are the same.


February 19, 2013 No Comments

Urban Eatin’ Looking to Hire for 2013

Position: Gardener

Urban Eatin’ Gardeners Worker Co-op
Job posted: February 2013
(View .pdf of this job posting)

Urban Eatin’ Gardeners Worker Co-op is hiring. We are a worker-owned and worker-operated business that promotes food security and urban food garden proliferation. We offer garden design services, design implementation, a variety of workshops, garden mentorship, and compost services. We work with both residential clients and community organizations including schools, youth centres and non-profits. We are looking for an individual who is highly self-motivated and willing to commit long-term to developing Urban Eatin’. We aim to include members that have varied and complementary skills and experience, as well as new ideas and passions to further the food security movement.