Upcoming Workshop: Permaculture 101 – Working with Nature

The Campus Roots Garden Club presents Permaculture 101 — Working with Nature; Wednesday, 2012 January 25 @ 7pm at the University of Lethbridge, room AH116 .

Learn the fundamental concepts behind permaculture and how it can be applied in daily life with Jason Baranec of Southern Alberta Permaculture (SAP). There is no question that this session will get you thinking about confronting cultural, environmental, and energy-supply change and provide new perspective in becoming a more sustainable and energy efficient member of the community.

All the information here.



Workshop: Preserving your Garden for Year-round Eating

I know I have been posting about a lot of events lately- there’s just too many great things going on not to!  (and be sure to check out the other events they are hosting at the bottom of the page)

I stumbled upon this upcoming workshop, put on by the CampusRoots Community Garden Association (CRCGA) on October 26:

The CampusRoots Community Garden Association (CRCGA) is pleased to invite you to the second workshop in our series.

In this workshop, Barb Whitelaw of Saucy Ladies Inc. will demonstrate how to make Red Pepper Jelly while she covers the basics of preserving and canning. After the demonstration, Barb will answer any remaining questions you have about preserving your produce for year-round eating enjoyment.

Barb Whitelaw has owned and operated “Saucy Ladies Inc. since the year 2000. Barb started working out of her home producing 5 products and only sold at markets, Christmas shows, and craft sales. Today, she operates out of a certified kitchen and produces up to 17 different canned items as well as cabbage rolls and several flavours of perogies. She uses all fresh vegetables with no added preservatives. Each of her recipes all have their own unique flavor.

Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Details to be provided upon confirmation of registration.
Cost: Free to CRCGA members; $3 for non-members

TO REGISTER: RSVP to Leona Jacobs, CRCGA Director & Workshop Coordinator (email = jacolm@uleth.ca; please include the Subject Line: CRCGA workshop RSVP) by Tuesday, 2011 October 25.

For more information see: http://campusroots.ca

Mark your calendars for other upcoming CRCGA workshops:
November 23: Vermicomposting – Putting Worms to Work!
December: No workshop! Happy Holidays to you!
January 25: Permaculture 101

Important Things to know about Eating & Drinking in Lethbridge

If you are interested in the local food movement (which I’m guessing you are if you are reading this) and you are interested in art, check out the latest exhibitions and programs at the U of L Art GalleryCereal Gen ( Food Series); two exhibitions in the main and Helen Christou Galleries, and The important things to know about eating and drinking (in Lethbridge); a public site project.

The Important Things to Know About Eating and Drinking (in Lethbridge) – (Food series)

Dodolab (Lisa Hirmer and Andrew Hunter)
October 1 – October 6, 2011
Public-site project

The UofL Art Gallery commissioned Dodolab, an internationally renowned art and design group, to produce a project to engage the public around issues related to food. Inspired by their research into local cookbooks, menus and almanacs in the Galt Archives as well as key businesses in Lethbridge’s history, such as Sicks Brewery and Crystal Dairy, Dodo lab will create a series of playful events that will provoke critical reflection on food as a key component of community identity and social interaction.

I ran into a member of DodoLab during Arts Days this weekend.  He was walking around with chits of paper asking what local ingredients you’d like to see on a pizza- the list included things like chickpeas, cactus, bison, bean sprouts, and potatoes.  Apparently they will take the top two ingredients and make pizzas at the university this Thursday:

The Not Yet Famous Lethbridge Pizza

What’s on a Lethbridge pizza? Well, if pineapples and ham make a Hawaiian pizza, and olives and feta make a Greek pizza, then…well, we aren’t yet sure what makes a Lethbridge pizza. But we plan on finding out! And once we do, we will share the results.

DodoLab needs your help to create a representative pizza for Lethbridge. We’ll be on campus from October 1st – 4th running a secret ballot survey to determine what items should go on this unique dish. Then, on Thursday, October 6th, we’ll serve this custom culinary creation in University Hall at a lunch/social co-hosted with the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. We’ll also be distributing copies of The Important Things To Know About Eating and Drinking (In Lethbridge), a complimentary collection of recipes, food tips, advice and collected wisdom to help you navigate the tricky culinary terrain of your post-seconday experience.

Food Politics Talk at U of L- Sept 21

If you aren’t harvesting, canning and cooking like a crazy person, there’s an interesting sounding lecture tomorrow night- sorry about the short notice- I just heard about this:

The Discovery Lecture Series presents

A lecture by Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her research focuses on how science and society influence dietary advice and practice.

She is the author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health and Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism. Her book What to Eat was named as one of Amazon.Com’s top ten books of 2006.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
7:00pm in the Recital Hall, University Hall, U of L campus

Free admission – no tickets required

OWC Prairie Urban Garden Tour: this Sunday


Exciting news for all you gardeners!  The OldMan Watershed Council and the Galt Museum are presenting a free tour of Urban Prairie gardens this Sunday!

OWC Prairie Urban Garden Tour

Join us for a FREE tour of Prairie Urban Gardens in Lethbridge!
Tour is self guided and begins at the Galt Museum’s Native Prairie Garden.

At 10am and again at 1pm, local expert June Flanagan will be presenting/leading a tour of the Galt Museum’s Native Prairie Garden.

Pick up a copy of the addresses and a map from the Galt Museum anytime between 10am – 2pm. Plant suppliers will be selling native and drought tolerant plants on-site. Informational displays and refreshments will also be available.

How it works: Using your own mode of transportation, visit the gardens at your leisure between 10am-4pm. A guide will be at each garden.

Click here for registration information.

What is a Prairie Urban Garden?

A Prairie Urban Garden is a yard or garden that follows the 7 principles of xeriscaping. They are attractive and have a low environmental impact because they are designed and maintained in harmony with our dry prairie environment. Xeriscaping principles allow people to create beautiful, drought tolerant and low maintenance gardens right here in southern Alberta!

Visit www.prairieurbangarden.ca for more information.

Meatless Monday: UK National Vegetarian Week 2011

You may be sad the long weekend is drawing to a close, but one good thing in sight is, it’s the beginning of the UK National Vegetarian Week!

National Vegetarian Week (NVW), sponsored by Cauldron Foods, is the UK’s annual awareness-raising campaign promoting inspirational vegetarian food and the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle.

Created by the Vegetarian Society and celebrated since 1992, the Week gives organisations, schools, community groups and individuals the free promotional tools and inspiration to give vegetarianism a go while highlighting their activities to the public through the popular What’s Happening page.

After a quick search, it doesn’t appear as if Canada has our own National Vegetarian Week 😦  And who’s this Cauldron Foods?  Sounds like a better version of our Yves veggie cuisine here in Canada… So we have a few reasons to be jealous.

But I say let’s join the Brits, regardless.  It looks like they have some pretty yummy recipes on the NVW site and even Jamie Oliver is putting a few recipes out there for the occasion.

Have you ever participated in a vegetarian challenge such as NVW?  If you are already vegetarian, did participating in a challenge like this assist in your decision?