Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.
Jamie Oliver has been drawn to the kitchen since he was a child working in his father’s pub-restaurant. He showed not only a precocious culinary talent but also a passion for creating (and talking about) fresh, honest, delicious food. In the past decade, the shaggy-haired “Naked Chef” of late-’90s BBC2 has built a worldwide media conglomerate of TV shows, books, cookware and magazines, all based on a formula of simple, unpretentious food that invites everyone to get busy in the kitchen. And as much as his cooking is generous, so is his business model — his Fifteen Foundation, for instance, trains young chefs from challenged backgrounds to run four of his restaurants.
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.
Supporting community enterprise
Urban Eatin’ would like extend our gratitude towards ACU’s financial support through the Community Enterprise Development Grants Program. Please read through their latest newsletter to learn more about their program and what we are up to as well.
ACU’s Community Grants Program looks a little different this year with the addition of a separate Community Enterprise Development Grants Program. This new grant stream is designed to help co-ops and social enterprises take the next step in their development and isn’t tied to the application deadlines of our Sustainable Community Grants Program.
DATES: August 18th and 19th, 2012 (Sat/Sun).
(these dates have been updated from the original, in July, to allow for more participants)
LOCATION: Morden, Manitoba. Specific location given upon registration.
TIME: Starts at 9am both days.
FACILITATOR: Paolo Riva.
REGISTRATION FEE: $175 + GST. (online registration available)
MAX. 15 PARTICIPANTS
This weekend at The Winnipeg Folk Festitval, join Urban Eatin’ Gardeners Worker Co-op in an adventurous project of Guerrilla Gardening. Our goal is to have you create and bring home a native prairie seed bomb, made from the finest materials.
What is a seed bomb?
Well, we’re glad you asked. These small balls of clay, compost, straw, and seeds will allow you, the explorative gardener, to garden in those hard-to-reach areas, spreading the biodiverse flora of Manitoba to otherwise abandoned lots, fenced in compounds, or any place that you would love to see a bit more colour and life. In keeping to this year’s theme of the indigenous life of Birds Hill Park, all seeds selected have been amazingly donated by the Living Prairie Museum and are species found growing happily amongst the meadows of the Folk Fest site!
Sowing Edible Landscapes
Urban Eatin’ Co-op makes it easy to grow your own food
by ANDREA GEARY
(excerpt from The Aquarian Summer 2012 online edition)
“It’s amazing to walk out into your yard and just pull out a salad,” says Sarah Kirby.
Sarah, who lives with her husband and daughter in River Heights, owes her culinary delight to the Urban Eatin’ Gardeners Worker Co-op.
(article in the Winnipeg Free Press, May 5, 2012)
By: Naomi Audia and Paolo Riva
Incorporating edibles into the landscape is a growing trend but one that has its practical roots in gardens dating back to the Middle Ages, when monastic gardens grew culinary herbs alongside flowers.
Raised beds made their debut in Tudor gardens in the 1500s and contained plants prized for their medicinal and culinary value. These utilitarian kitchen gardens were generally situated behind high walls, hidden by vines, shrubs, trees and herbaceous plants.
Making More With Microbes taught by Doug Weatherbee, The Soil Doctor
WHERE: Harvest Moon Learning Centre in Clearwater, Manitoba
WHEN: June 23-25 (three full days – cull curriculum at bottom of page)
COST: $480 (includes healthy meals, readings package, instruction, camping space and use of Harvest Moon Learning Centre facilities – showers, classrooms, hang-out space, kitchen, gardens, etc.
Mark Klassen, of Urban Eatin’ in Winnipeg, outlined the concept of community gardens, and believes the enthusiasm of portagers for the idea shows the building blocks are here, and just need to be put in motion.
With warmer than usual temperatures, April has been a busy month for Urban Eatin’. Our calendar is already booking ahead, so call soon to book your consultation, especially if you need work done by planting deadlines. You can leave a message at 770-2204, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our new online consultation request form.
Chris Mccarville has worked hard to create several Winnipeg worker coop videos, including this one on Urban Eatin’.
Click here for videos on other Winnipeg worker coops.
Thanks Chris Mccarville.
Book us for a consultation
Booking for a consultation now will assure that we can meet and discuss your dream garden, with plenty of time for planning and preparation.Or, if you already have a garden but just need some tips and brights ideas, give us a call at 770-2204 or email us (email@example.com).
Maintenance Packages & Garden Sitting
We offer monthly maintenance packages that include services like planting, weeding, watering, thinning, harvesting and pruning. We also offer our Silent Lawn Care service, using no gas-powered equipment, giving everyone’s ears a break! Contact us for pricing.
10% off Garden Designs for 2012
The 2012 season is quickly approaching so don’t get caught without a plan! Well it’s still a ways away, but it is a good time to start thinking about next season. To keep us going throughout the winter, we would love to come up with a design for your 2012 veggie patch and we’ll even do it for a rate that is 10% cheaper than normal. WHOA! WHAT A DEAL!!!! Book a consultation this autumn and the design will follow in the winter. Come spring we will be ready to get our shovels in the ground without any hold ups. Email us or call 770-2204 to set up a consultation before the snow falls.
We’d like to give a special thanks to Assiniboine Credit Union’s Sustainable Community Grant for 2011. This grant helped Urban Eatin’ successfully handle its busiest summer yet, engaging with the community of Winnipeg to help establish more sustainable garden practices in backyards and community spaces.
10$ off consultations in September & 10% off designs done over winter.
Save by planning for your 2012 garden!
Urban Eatin’ wants to keep working during the winter months, thus we are offering a discount to folks who want to plan ahead for next year’s garden. By booking a consultation for this September, you’ll receive $10 off our normal $30 consultation fee, PLUS you’ll receive 10% off your design fees, which we will do over the winter months. We could also schedule the work for next spring to assure you that the work can be done before the planting season, which is a great benefit to both us and you (this past spring we were too busy to accommodate all of the job request.
(in 2011) Learn how to turn household waste into perfect compost so that you can nourish your lawn, garden and the earth without having to buy soil or fertilizer ever again.
You will learn:
- Composting basics (what should go in the bin and when!)
- Common mistakes
- Troubleshooting techniques
- …and more
“We’ve started this year by building two more raised garden beds and connecting with people who have been successful in coaxing food from urban yards. They are the beautiful and funny souls at Urban Eatin’ Gardeners’ Workers Coop and Patrick Elazar – someone I worked with for years without realizing he was secretly a very wise, very eco-friendly urban homesteader. Thankfully, his secret was revealed when he made a presentation at a food security conference.”