Friday, March 23, 2012

Foraging Adventures 2012

Over the past couple months I've been trying to quietly trying to see how many people were interested in spending a day tramping around the bush learning about edible plants, local wildlife, etc.

I gathered some names, sent out a facebook message.  Then, I sent out a tweet to see if anyone else out there would be interested...

Well, there's enough people to move ahead with phase2!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hungry for Change

The latest film from Food Matters about the lifestyle of North Americans and Western society, Hungry for Change, is a series of interviews from various experts (yes, that word again) giving healthy lifestyle, not diet!, advice that the average person can truly relate too.
Yes, it will probably end up just preaching to the choir. That's usually what's happens with these films.

The free viewing is available online until March 31st. The film is about an hour and a half, take some time out of your day to watch. But make sure you do it, as with all things in life, with your brain turned on.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Eat Alberta 2012

 Eat Alberta: Your Real Food Survival Guide

Hey boys and girls!
Remember my last post about living sustainably? Well, here's the next step... 

This is the second Eat Alberta conference of what we hope to be many that will celebrate such local food heroes. Our Real Food Survival Guide focus this year will provide insight into tasting, preserving and preparing food while living in our Winter climate. 
As we are so passionate about the local food opportunities our city provides as well as acutely aware that food expertise (in a variety of forms) lies within each of our neighbourhoods.

Check the site often for when registration opens (should be sometime today, Monday March 12th).  Last year it sold out within 3 DAYS

Thursday, March 8, 2012

... Organic Farming, Commerical Agriculture, Sustainable Food Systems...

What does it all mean?!

I follow lots of different folks on Twitter. Some are pro-organic no matter where it comes from. Some support local over anything, even if it's commercial agriculture (or Big Ag is what I usually call it), which usually means pesticides/herbicides/gmo/etc.
Others use a bullseye to decide what to support first (I'll get to my personal version later).

I stumbled upon a twitter conversation involving an organic farmer and a marketer/something who was/is attending a Farm Fair in Western Canada (I'm trying to be discreet. And I don't remember all the exact details and I'm not about to go searching for them).
She (the marketer) was someone who I thought supported local, organic, heritage foods. She did volunteer to help with the upcoming Slow Food National Conference Gala.
Her and the organic farmer (who's products I fully support) were in an argument about what will feed the world (that was the basis of it, as far as I could tell).

I was confused. I thought we were all on the same side.

But does eating LOCAL mean ONLY organic?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring is coming!

Are you ready?

I placed a potato order with Eagle Creek Farms which included my new favourite, French Fingerlings! YUM!
Oh, and I'm really looking forward to getting out to the farm for some spring-time foraging. But that's still a couple months off.

I meant to get a post up on my attempts at making a Homemade Fruit-Filled Cereal Bar for my toddler (I have pictures and even measured as I did it!) but it involves turning on my old noisy -about to explode any minute- desktop to edit/upload the pics, so I'll do that tomorrow while working on photos from my latest shoot.