A recipe to #ToastAFarmer on #WorldFoodDay – a gold and green fall salad from Alberta family farms

Poplar Bluff Farms organic beets - photo - Karen Anderson

Poplar Bluff Farms organic beets – photo – Karen Anderson

It’s World Food Day.

Family Farms: feeding the world and caring for the earth is the theme of World Food Day as the United Nations is celebrating 2014 as the International Year of the Family Farm.

In this post I’m going to give a recipe for a Gold and Green Salad to celebrate the bounty of produce we can access from Alberta family farms but first I’m going to talk a bit about what World Food Day is really all about – ending hunger.

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My @AlbertaatNoon podcast #WorldFoodDay and #ToastAFarmer – How about starting with John Mills of @eaglecreekfarms

Will you join the World Food Day campaign to #ToastAFarmer ? I am happy to. photo - Cole Anderson

Will you join the World Food Day campaign to #ToastAFarmer ? I am happy to.
photo – Cole Anderson

Today on CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon with host Donna McElligott I talked about World Food Day’s 2014 theme of family farming – feeding the world and caring for the earth. You’ll find the podcast here. You’ll find my Aunt Muriel’s Farmhouse Carrot Cake recipe using lots of local farm ingredients here.

One of the things you’ll see trending on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram tomorrow is the hashtag #ToastAFarmer along with #WFD2014 and #IYFF. It’s all about showing appreciation for family farmers and especially – for here in Alberta – the next generation. I’m going to start toasting farmers today.

One of my favourite Alberta farmers is a man named John Mills. Read on to find out more about this amazing YOUNG farmer.

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Oct 16, 2014 – #WorldFoodDay – what can you do to help end world hunger? #ToastAFarmer Listen to #FarmVoices

I was once in a book club for people with short attention spans…we went to movies of books. If you found my last post on World Food Day too long to read, this post is for you.

Farmers feed the world and care for the earth.
Here’s a few few videos to learn more about them and why they do what they do for us.

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My @AlbertaatNoon column – #WorldFoodDay – #toastafarmer and support #farmvoices – the family farming movement

photo credit to www.farmon.com

photo credit to http://www.farmon.com

October 16 is World Food Day and this year’s theme is Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.

My Alberta at Noon column this month will share what kinds of challenges family farms are facing and what’s going on with the family farm movement right here in Alberta. This post will provide some background information.

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A recipe to celebrate the Oct 16 – 2014 #WorldFoodDay theme of Family Farming #toastafarmer

Definitely homemade - Aunt Muriel's Farmhouse Carrot Cake - photo - Karen Anderson

Definitely homemade – Aunt Muriel’s Farmhouse Carrot Cake – photo – Karen Anderson

When I was a little girl I loved to visit my great Aunt Muriel.

She lived in a big old farmhouse high on a hill overlooking the St. Croix River near my hometown of St. Andrews, New Brunswick. I remember her huge vegetable garden and a tire swing hanging from the bowed branches of an old willow tree across the yard from the creaky screen door of her kitchen. She used to make this carrot cake for my cousin Debbie’s birthday party each year and when I moved away to college I asked her for the recipe as it was definitely my favourite cake growing up.

I’ve lived in Alberta 30 years now and I know many of the farmers that grow my food. Now when I make Aunty M’s cake I use as many things from their farms as I can. I know she would’ve loved the golden hue and rich flavour of the organic canola oil I can source here. She farmed organically because that’s just how you did things.

Once in awhile when I’m on a farm in Alberta, I’ll catch sight of a tire swing hanging from a tree and my mind will race back in time to meet a little girl swinging with all her heart – her cotton dress fluttering and flying up around her. She’s laughing and throwing her head back to catch the rays of the sun as a warm summer breeze rustles the soft leaves of the giant old willow above.

Twirling, twirling, twirling – today I iced my cake with swirls and twirls and remembered again the joy of time on a family farm.

Read on for my Aunt Muriel’s carrot cake recipe. I’ve noted all the farms I was able to support in the making of the beautiful cake. It’s my small way to toast a farmer – the social media theme for the World Food Day – and the International Year of the Family Farm. Enjoy.

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Let there be light! – Art installation #7 (cool thing #25) – A new central Calgary Public Library for @calgarylibrary

From the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation’s press release today…

“The New Central Library has been a long time coming, and moving forward with this project was a key part of my platform when I was first elected,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “When City Council created the Community Investment Fund in 2011, we also created a mechanism to finalize the funding of a New Central Library that will serve the needs of a growing population now and into the future. I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved together—The City of Calgary, CMLC, Calgary Public Library, and all citizens. The New Central Library will be a new icon for Calgarians and a jewel of public space and opportunity for all.”

The prime design consultant team, Snøhetta + DIALOG, deeply understand that a library is far more than just a building with books – something that’s evident in every aspect of the final design.

“Since embarking on this project, one of the things we’ve kept reminding ourselves is that we don’t just want to build the best library in the world. We want to build the library that’s best for Calgary.” Craig Dykers of Snøhetta explains, “At this moment in time, with the city conditions that surround us, with the different needs of all of you in the community, we continue to ask ourselves, how we are going to make the right library?”

From me…

The City is laying a bridge with this architectural icon to connect the long neglected East Village to downtown Calgary. City Hall was built with its back to East Calgary. This new building brings the area back into the fold and celebrates it as a beacon for our bright future as a whole with no area left out. That’s Nenshi building a different legacy for the city.

When East Village is completed in 2027 there will be more than 11,000 residents. They will have the RiverWalk, St. Patrick’s Island Park, the National Music Centre and an urban shopping centre to enjoy along with this inspiring gathering place that will be our new Central Calgary Public Library. This isn’t the first time a new library has acted as a beacon of light for our city.

The first library in Calgary at Central Memorial Park was opened in 1912. The Women’s Literacy group of Alberta applied for a building grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. Carnegie had come from nothing in Scotland to become the wealthiest man in the world. He was a firm believer in the ability of learning, books and free libraries in inspiring and lifting humanity to its full potential. He funded over 2500 public libraries in the world and our first library was one of them. That building was built in a feminine Beaux Arts style and raised on a pedestal in honour of the women who got it built. It was Alberta’s first library and brought some balance to our “rough and ready” existence at the time. Central Memorial Library is set in a park, is still open and still very beautiful 100 years later.

It’ll be exciting for our children’s children to see what the next 100 years and this new library inspire. And isn’t it right that all this new light is rising from the East…Village.

I like these two libraries. They are beautiful bookends in our city’s history. Libraries truly shed light and help us savour it all.

Central Memorial Library

Central Memorial Library

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My latest @AlbertaatNoon column podcast – #pintxos #tapas #paella and a trip to #Spain

Lots of fun talking about Spain and “what I ate on my summer vacation” today on CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon with host Donna McElligot.

Here’s the podcast in case you missed it. I’m on at the 10:05 mark in the show.

paella on my plate photo - Karen Anderson

paella on my plate
photo – Karen Anderson

You can find the recipe for this delicious paella here. Watch for posts on pintxos and tapas coming soon.

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