Local Foods Action Team

Friday November 2nd…City Still Listening

Public Hearing Part 2 – Friday, November 2,at 9:30 a.m 

This is the process as best we understand it at this time:

– The final panel of speakers will be heard.

– Council may or may not ask questions of citizens in the panel.

– Then questions will likely be asked to Administration (Peter Ohm et al)

– Then the Executive Committee (Councillors Sloan, Leibovici, Diotte, Krushell and Mayor Mandell) will decide what to do next. They could send it back for more work or approve it in principal.

– If they send it to the full City Council, they can then decide it to send it back for more work or approve it (in principle or other).There is no opportunity for presentations or a Public Hearing. If approved, then it will give the green light for the Public Hearings for the Horse Hill (NE) Area Structure Plan in mid-January.


Mark October 26th on your Calendar’s!

October 26 Poster for City Action

Here is a brief clip by Mark Winne, one of the top food system and food policy council consultants in North America explaining why we need to be both food consumers and food citizens. He presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta on September 13 and was sponsored by the Way We Green, City of Edmonton.
The draft City Wide Food and Agricultural Strategy and supporting documents will be released for Public review on Monday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m. (www.edmonton.ca/foodandag). You have a number of ways to engage and shape the formation of the Strategy over the next few weeks to ensure that all Edmontonians access to healthy food, that our local economy and food system is strengthened and that we preserve some of the best agricultural land for growing fruits and vegetables in the Capital Region.
Stakeholder Open Houses (must register) http://yegfoodag-estw.eventbrite.com/
Monday, October 1 at 4:00 p.m.
Centenniel Room, Edmonton Public Library – Stanley A. Milner Library (downtown)
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Tuesday October 2, Drop-in between 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Edmonton Room, Edmonton Public Library – Stanley A. Milner Library (downtown)
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Public Open Houses (do not need to register)
Wednesday, October 3
10:00am – 8:00pm – City Hall
Thursday, October 4
4:00pm – 8:00pm – TransAlta Arts Barns (10330-84 Avenue)
Non- Statutory Public Hearings before Executive Committee
Friday, October 26
9:30 to 5:30 (Lunch break most likely from 12:00 to 1:30)
Council Chambers, Edmonton City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Citizens who wish to speak at the Public Hearing can register in advance online (www.edmonton.ca/meetings), by phone (780-496-8178), or in person the day of the meeting.

Questions?? Please email us at office@greateredmontonalliance.com


OpEd: A fork in city’s path to future: pave or save prime northeast farmland


Farming in the City Guided Bus Tours

Live Local and the Greater Edmonton Alliance (GEA) are proud to present the Farming in the City guided bus tour Sunday August 26, 2012. This will be your chance to tour some of Edmonton’s treasured agricultural lands and meet the farmers who nurture the soils and supply us with their amazing bounty! Click here to learn more!

Each informative and entertaining 3 hour tour will be led by a guide who will share the history of the northeast food lands. You will have the opportunity to visit a number of producers who will tour you through their farms, allowing you to see, smell, touch and taste the fruits (and veggies) of their labour! Tours depart every 45 min from Northlands SE parking lot.

Don’t miss this unforgettable experience to sample some of the delicious products that thrive in our fertile soils and learn about the future of our urban farms!

Buy Tickets Now.

$30,000 Grant awarded!

GEA’s work in organizing citizens in the Capital Region around the issues of a local food economy and urban agriculture will be greatly enhanced over the next 10 to 12 months. Alberta Ecotrust has awarded the Greater Edmonton Alliance a $30,000 grant to support a project called Working toward Environmental Health through Urban Agriculture. A huge thank you to Laura Jeffreys for writing the Letter of Intent, and to Monique Nutter and Debbie Hubbard who wrote and submitted the full grant proposal!  Also we extend our sincere gratitude to Alberta Ecotrust for recognizing and supporting this valuable work! Please visit there website for more information about the great work they do and other organizations they support www.albertaecotrust.com
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Food, Agriculture, and the Battle Over Edmonton’s Future Growth

Mack D. Male’s well researched piece gives a powerful overview of the North East farmlands debate. For more information check out Mastermaq’s Blog. 

An update from the Local Food Team…

Work continues at many levels on “keeping the deal” that was agreed to in the passing of the Municipal Development Plan in February 2010.

City-Wide Food and Urban Agriculture StrategyThe first meeting of the Advisory Committee for the City-Wide Food and Urban Agricultural Strategy was held on November 23. Mayor Mandel and Councillor Dave Lokken are the Council sponsors to this project. Debbie Hubbard is the representative for the Greater Edmonton Alliance on this Committee. The scope of the work is quite extensive with the key outcomes being the development of:  a City-Wide Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy, a Food Charter and the recommendations for the formation and governance structure of the Food Policy Council. The timeline for this work will be to have these documents presented to City Council for decision by the end of September 2012. We will keep you informed as to opportunities to be part of the dialogue and public input for this project

The Northeast Agricultural Producers (NEAP)one of our GEA members, has been busy working on their vision for the Northeast and organizing their Friends of the Farmer action. Check out their website to learn more.http://friendsoffarmers.ca

Two ways to become engaged in the Local Food action:

  1. Join the Local Food Team.  Contact Monique Nutter (mnutter@interbaun.com) if you are interested and would like more information.
  2. Sign up to become a Friend of Farmers (http://friendsoffarmers.ca).

Organizing for Strong and Sustainable Local Food Economy

Click here to read about GEA’s Campaign, published in the Edmonton Journal.

The Greater Edmonton Alliance has spent much of its time in the past year organizing toward making the Greater Edmonton region food secure for the coming generations.

GEA’s member institutions have done this for the following reasons:

  1. To create a local food economy that is ecologically wise- as buying food locally cuts down significantly on transportation and subsequently reduces green house gases. Currently the Greater Edmonton region imports at least 90% of its food.
  2. Food security is an issue that is truly about the common good. It transcends partisanship and economic class. It affects everyone, although if a region is food insecure, it is the poorest among us who will feel the greatest impacts.
  3. Good stewardship of our land, particularly valuable farmland is a critical social value for many of our members.
  4. To build a sustainable local economy that creates stability and prosperity for our local entrepreneurs.

Click the photo below to read GEA’s strategy for a local food economy in Edmonton.

The Way We Eat - Sustainable Food Strategy for Edmonton

Click here to download report