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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Calgary Food Summit on World Food Day, 16Oct09 @ 6pm

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Calgary Food Summit on World Food Day, 16Oct09 @ 6pm

The Calgary Food Policy Council & Big Rock present The Calgary Food Summit on World Food Day, 16Oct09

Register here for this free event... Calgary Food Summit

The Calgary Food Policy Council is hosting the groundbreaking Calgary Food Summit (CFS) on World Food Day, 16Oct09. The CFS is an inclusive opportunity for all those actively involved and working towards improving our local & regional food system.

The objective of the CFS, the first ever event of this type for Calgary, is to discuss progressive policy that will create and build an enhanced food security, food justice, food efficiency, urban ag, community garden & sustainable ag landscape in Calgary.

As we often conduct our community work independent of other local initiatives, bringing all the participants in our food systems together is an ideal way for our communities to celebrate World Food Day. The timing for a local convergence is fantastic, being on the heels of an amazing summer, harvest & the unparalleled growth, awareness and continued development of the sustainable food movement in North America.

If you are interested in attending or volunteering, please contact us... info@calgaryfoodpolicycouncil.ca

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blue Mountain Farm Fundraiser, Friday 18Sep09 @ 7 pm Crescent Heights Community Hall

Read more! Party to support a great cause!

Friday, September 18 at 7:00 pm Crescent Heights Community Hall, 1101 - 2 Street NW

Blue Mountain Bio-Dynamic Farm
has been providing food for our tables and in our restaurants for years. Kris Vester, owner of Blue Mountain, is a long time food security educator. The recent hailstorm in central Alberta severely damaged a
number of crops and buildings.

Come together to enjoy live music, silent auction, local art, to support education and advocacy for local food growers! Bid on a silent auction items donated by local organizations and artists.

Enjoy a great music lineup including:
* Matt Masters
* Stephen a. van Kampen of Beija Flor
* Jay Crocker and Ghostkeeper
* Laura Leif
* DJ Bruno

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. 100% C$ Accepted Children under 14 get in for FREE. Advance tickets available at The Coup (924b - 17 Avenue SW) and Sunnyside Natural Market (#10, 338 - 10Street NW).

They're awesome people doing awesome things for this planet! Let's help them out!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Calgary Bylaw 27: Calgary woman to fight ticket for keeping livestock in city - chickens

Read more! Calgary woman to fight ticket for keeping livestock in city - chickens


Woman runs afowl of bylaw


Calgary woman to fight ticket for keeping livestock in city - chickens
(CP) CALGARY — A woman is going to fight a ticket in court for keeping livestock in her Calgary yard.

The woman keeps a few chickens on her property for eggs and to reduce organic waste.

She's not the only one - Paul Hughes has four chickens in his yard and he is a member of the "Calgary Liberated Urban Chicken Klub," also known as CLUCK.

CLUCK wants changes to the city bylaw to allow people to keep six hens or fewer on their property.

Hughes says Calgary should be feeding itself and more people want the option to grow their own food.

But Ald. Bob Hawkesworth says the city is a long way away from making changes that allow urban livestock.

"There is an issue obviously around food security and the cost of food and it's a movement that's growing in cities all over North America," said Hawkesworth.

"But there are so many aspects to it, from community gardens to urban livestock and I think some of the easier issues to address are the urban gardens and how we can grow our food."

Woman runs afowl of bylaw
Members of a local group advocating for changes to a city livestock bylaw are crying fowl after a woman was fined $200 for keeping hens in her backyard.

The woman, a member of CLUCK, Calgary Liberated Urban Chicken Klub, was issues the ticket for keeping four chickens.

CLUCK, including founder Paul Hughes, whose group is advocating for changes to the bylaw to allow raising six chickens with no noisy roosters, plan to fight the fine in court next month.

"In light of a right to food and the fact the city of Calgary does not have a food strategy for all Calgarians, we think this is wrong," he said.


Friday, September 11, 2009

Calgary Food Summit (CFS) on World Food Day, 16Oct09

Read more! Register here for the Calgary Food Summit
For more info on the Calgary Food Summit
A first for Calgary!
The Calgary Food Policy Council presents The Calgary Food Summit on World Food Day, 16Oct09.

The Calgary Food Policy Council will be hosting the groundbreaking Calgary Food Summit (CFS) on World Food Day, 16Oct09. The CFS is an inclusive opportunity for all those actively involved and working towards improving our local & regional food system.

The objective of the CFS, the first ever event of this type for Calgary, is to discuss progressive policy that will create and build an enhanced food security, food justice, food efficiency, urban ag, community garden & sustainable ag landscape in Calgary.

As we often conduct our affairs independent of other local initiatives, bringing all the participants in our food systems together at the International Hotel for the Calgary Food Summit is an ideal way for our communities to celebrate World Food Day. The timing for local convergence's is fantastic, being on the heels of an amazing summer, harvest & the unparalleled growth, awareness and development of the sustainable food movement in North America.

If you are interested in attending or volunteering, please contact the CFPC: info@calgaryfoodpolicycouncil.ca

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The Calgary Food Policy Council & Big Rock present The Calgary Food Summit on World Food Day, 16Oct09