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Growing Food, Jobs & Hope
Sun, 23 April 2017, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM MDT
“This thing we now call a food system - is food really a "system? - is about relationships: interpersonal, ecological, biological, social, and political. Each one of those relationships has to be nurtured to function well.” - Michael Ableman
The first event of Down to Earth week 2017 brings one of Canada's most recognized and renowned social entreprenuers to Calgary. Michael Ableman is an educator, organic farmer, author and advocate for urban agriculture. His fourth and latest book, Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs and Hope on the Urban Frontier, is the focal point for for the evening. Michael will give a keynote presentation that outlines his experience creating urban farms in Vancouver's east end, based on a simple idea: rehabilitation through meaningful work.
Everyone in attendance will receive a copy of Street Farm, and Michael will be available for signing both before and after his presentation.
Following Michael's presentation, a panel of Calgary's leading sustainable food experts and community developers will discuss the opportunities and challenges at the intersection of urban food production and poverty, showcasing local initiatives that are opening doors to change. Panelists include:
Mark Van Engelen from Boks Farms
Paul Hughes from Grow Calgary
Renee MacKillop from The Alex Community Food Centre
Moderated by Ward 8 City Councillor, Evan Woolley
Doors open at 2:30 pm. Program begins at 3:00 pm.
Growing Food, Jobs & Hope is sponsored by Deane House, Fort Calgary, Hotel Arts, River Café, and Ward 8 & Council Colleagues. Bullfrogpowered with 100% green energy.
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