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My April column for CBC Radio One @AlbertaatNoon – @mysoilmate

My April column for CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon was all about a new website called Soil Mate.

The Soil Mate website acts like a match making service between consumers and farmers. Just as internet matchmaking services helps people find their soul mate, this site will help you find your “soil mate”. But, it’s all brand new and Soil Mate needs help building a directory of farmers, farmer’s markets and wineries that will span North America. We can all help. Here’s a bit more information and my podcast.

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If you like #LocalFood #LocalFarms and #FarmersMarkets then you’ll love finding your #SoilMate

Watch the video above to learn about this new agri-enterprise that has the potential to change the way we source our food.

Recommend your favourite farms, farmer’s markets and wineries/meaderies. Spread the word, like farmer’s spread manure.

Let’s see all our soil mates get listed and help get this great seed of an idea growing at the same time.

Local food, farms and farmer’s markets help us savour it all.

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Savour food – Calgary’s Crossroads Market expansion news- @CalgaryHerald piece by @JohnGilchrist

Crossroads Market gets snazzy makeover.

If you read John Gilchrist’s article above, I think you’ll agree it’s nice to see that one of Calgary’s three year round markets is refurbishing and expanding. Now that we have three farmer’s markets open year round in Calgary it is so much easier to source your food locally and directly from a great local food producer.

Here are the links to our three year round farmer’s markets as follows:

Crossroads Market

Kingsland Farmer’s Market

Calgary Farmer’s Market

I’ll be speaking about lots of ways to #EatLocally for the Calgary Public Library at three sessions this week and next. The schedule is as follows:

Louise Riley Branch – Thursday, April 4, 7 – 8:30pm

Nose Hill Branch – Monday, April 8, 1 – 2:30pm

Southwood Branch – Wednesday, April 10, 7 – 8:30pm

You can contact those library branches to see if there is any room available. There’s just so many ways to savour food and our local food scene. I hope you’ll join me as I share a few of my favourites.

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Savour Food – Calgary Co-ops could face challenges going cage-free, industry warns

My friend Greg Spragg of Spragg's Meats - I call him the Pig Whisperer - he is kind & will only raise pastured, hormone and antibiotic free pigs

My friend Greg Spragg of Spragg’s Meats – I call him the Pig Whisperer – he is kind & will only raise pastured, hormone and antibiotic free pigs

Co-ops could face challenges going cage-free, industry warns.

Things, they are a changing.

The proposed changes outlined in this article from today’s Calgary Herald gives me hope for a better food production system in Alberta. Slowly but surely it can happen.

The headline in the above article “warns” that it will take time and be costly for farmers to change to more humane ways of raising their animals. But, here’s the thing, if they never start, we’ll never get there. It sounds like the writing is on the wall (or at least a brief memo) for the industrialized food system that treats our food like widgets in a machine. People are finally becoming aware that you can’t crank out pigs, chickens, eggs, cattle, goats, lambs, bison and elk without harming them and without harming the health of our populace. All food takes time, care and attention to produce.

I start my week of grocery shopping at one of our three-year round Farmer’s Markets – Kingsland, Calgary Farmer’s Market and/or Crossroads Market. It’s changed my life. I buy less more often. I plan what we are going to eat for a few days at a time. I find I waste much less this way. When I need a bit of milk or bread in between, I stop at the Calgary Co-op by my son’s school or one of the brilliant independent organic grocers we are blessed to have in Calgary. I cut up my Costco card. I will go to Superstore for paper goods and some bulk things. I respect the quality of some of their products but I don’t buy Galen Weston Jr’s sales pitch about the mothership of Loblaw’s being truly local. I’d love to learn which of my small careful Alberta farming friends they are buying from. The commodity “widget beef” they buy from XL meats does not count.

Do you want to know why this is a priority for me?

It’s because my life changed when I started volunteering for Slow Food International’s Calgary Chapter. I finally realized that farmers who are actually my neighbours are dedicating their lives to growing my food. I visited them at their farms. I saw the work it takes. It blew me away. It still does.

I take people to farms every summer to meet our wonderful growers. Sometimes they cry. Sometimes the farmers cry. Everyone is so amazed about the love and care that goes into growing food. By the time we leave a farm, everyone cares and their buying practices are changed forever just like mine. There’s no going back and I would not have it any other way.

The future of our food lies in the health of our farmers and what grows on their farms. Every time I sit down to eat something my farmer friends have grown for me, I think of all the farmers I know and how hard they work. Believe me when I tell you, I savour my food.


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