Prairie Urban Farm was created as an engaged teaching and learning space in 2013, funded by a small grant through the University of Alberta’s Office of Sustainability. Prior to its formation, the primary focus at the University of Alberta’s teaching and research was on conventional agriculture, with not much room for alternative forms of production. “We’re interested in bringing members of the Edmonton region into a conversation about sustainable agriculture and food systems”, explains Debra Davidson, Director of Prairie Urban Farm. Debra is also a professor in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta … Continue reading Prairie Urban Farm: Building Better Food Systems in Alberta
I have a confession to make. I am in love: with seeds. Just had to get that out. I am gaga for plants, I revel in tubers, rhizomes, and cuttings; but seeds are different. Seeds feel like wealth. They look like jewels. They taste like wellness. They grow with a passion all their own, guided by the mystery as old as the universe. I got into this deep love affair by growing herbs on my tiny balcony. Soon, it was community garden furor, with long, dizzying bike rides over the bridge to show my plot some love. I devoured books … Continue reading Seed, Glorious Seed! Hot mescluns and mustards!