Sustainable Food Edmonton is excited to announce this year’s Golden Wheelbarrow Awards. Until the first week of August, you have the opportunity to vote on who you think should win these fabulous awards. Check out below, for our finalists in each category. The winners will be announced at our Fall Harvest Fair (date TBD).
Voting ends Friday, August 9, 2019.
Favourite Environmentally Conscious Small Business
Earth’s General Store
Opened in 1991 as an environmental store, food products were not added until 2010. Earth’s can help you on your journey toward a zero-waste lifestyle.
Carbon Environmental Boutique
Offers toxin-free, beautiful, and healthy alternatives for every room of your home: kitchenware, personal care, décor, organic mattresses, linens, cleaning supplies, paint, flooring, air and water purification.
Earth Warrior Lifestyle
Striving to “live in harmony with our planet and take action towards a more sustainable future”, EWL’s clothing products are created in a zero waste studio by re-purposing textile waste into new everyday items.
Favourite “Locavore” Restaurant
Started in 2017 Chef Scott’s restaurant “pays homage to the places he’s lived, worked and explored, while showcasing seasonal ingredients from Canada’s distinctive landscape" -- by “replacing global sources of familiar flavour with unique ingredients from our home and native land.”
Kind Ice Cream
Made in small batches, in house, Kind Ice Cream’s goal “is to use the best ingredients we can sourced as locally as we can.” Sourcing local Alberta milk, cream, and eggs while also offering dairy-free options.
A Canadian cuisine restaurant in the 124 St Shops district, RGE RD sources from Western Canadian farms and small-scale producers, using seasonality to dictate menus.
FAVOURITE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Urban Eden Community Garden
This organic downtown garden, working with the Partners in Parks program, have a mission to: (1) build a sense of community among downtown neighbours, (2) use and enhance vacant land within the downtown core, and (3) allow people to produce their own food. Additionally, UECG hosts community events including potluck suppers, group visits, walking tours, cycling tours, meditation groups, and an annual open house.
Dovercourt Community Garden
This north-west garden, is constantly working to improve their space, increase food security, and improve community building through events like their annual Harvest Fair, photo contests, perennial exchanges, etc.
Strathcona Rail Community Garden
This side-south garden’s mission is “to provide gardening opportunities and education for members committed to the work and enjoyment involved by providing support, structure and governance.” They state cooperation is a big part of group -- sharing resources and knowledge; working together for common benefit, while also empowering people to be self sufficient.
favourite yeg agriculture business
Committed to ecological and socially responsible farm practices, Riverbend Gardens partner with local businesses and work to build Edmonton’s food economy through selling their unique local produce through farmers markets and CSAs. https://www.riverbendgardens.ca
Reclaim Urban Farm
Growing right in the heart of Edmonton, Reclaim partners with local landowners, and uses low impact and organic practices to grow seasonal salad mixes and unique varieties of greens, radishes, beets, carrots, and squash. You can find their produce throughout Edmonton farmers markets, in select stores, online, and through their CSA program
Sundog Organic Farms
With a passionate and strong focus on organic and sustainable farming practices, Sundog organic products can be found throughout the city. In addition to being open to the public during ‘open farm days’, this family farm also offers young agrarian farmer apprenticeships.
SUSTAINABILITY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Jocelyn’s passion for sustainability is focused on local food production. In 2014, Jocelyn helped organize the founding of the Sunshine Garden, a community garden in the Fulton Place neighbourhood, where she volunteered as the Compost Coordinator until becoming the Garden Coordinator in 2018. Jocelyn also volunteers with the City of Edmonton Master Composter Recyclers, where she supports waste reduction by helping others set up traditional outdoor compost bins, as well as bokashi (fermentation), and worms (vermicompost).
Jocelyn also co-founded the urban beekeeping advocacy group (YEG Bees), helped change the Edmonton’s bylaw to allow urban beekeeping in 2014, and established the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald beekeeping program in 2016. Jocelyn spends her summers inspecting her backyard honeybee colonies, catching swarms, mentoring new beekeepers, and re-homing bumblebee colonies. She has given bee talks in a variety of contexts including Smithsonian Magazine's ‘Future is Now’ conference in Washington, DC.
Finally, Jocelyn’s front yard is an urban food forest designed using permaculture principles with more than twenty varieties of fruit and vegetables, which won 2nd place in the 2016 ‘Edmonton Yards in Bloom’ awards for the ‘Edible Yard’ category. She is part of an urban chicken co-operative with her neighbours, and spoils four hens in exchange for eggs every other week.
Chef Blair Lebsack
Chef Blair Lebsack’s philosophy of using local Alberta, ‘healthful’, and ethical food was the foundation of his dream to build a restaurant where the farm dictates the menu. At the heart of Edmonton’s RGE RD (pronounced “Range Road,” an abbreviation for Western Canada’s north-south survey roads) you’ll find a wood-burning oven using birch and maple at 700°F during service six days a week, and during off-service hours – smoking cured pork from nearby farms and mussels from BC's Salt Spring Island, while even dehydrating milk.
Since 2013, the 60-seat restaurant located just outside of Edmonton's downtown core invites guests to "eat off the beaten path", sourcing ingredients from farms and small-scale producers across Western Canada. On any given day, the menu boasts wild game, sustainable seafood, seasonal vegetables, and local grains alongside Okanagan wines and local Alberta craft beers.
Chef Blair, and partner Caitlin Fulton, have also developed an urban-rural partnership with Central Alberta's farming community by hosting long-table pop-up dinners held at local farms. From organic farm ‘Peace on Earth’ in North Edmonton to ‘Nature’s Green Acres’ by Viking, AB, guests are hosted to a farm-to-table experience showcasing wood- fire cookery, stories from the fields, and a glorious prairie sunset – each course featuring ingredients found just steps away from the dinner table.
Michael Kalmanovitch is driven by his passion for the environment, and works tirelessly for the planet and the wellbeing of all. Having previously worked in mining, oilfield supply, and the service industry, in 1991, Michael opened Earth's General Store. It is a zero-waste oriented environmental product and organic food store. Michael considers his store to be an expression of his values - reduced impact, reduced waste, organic foods, bulk foods, plant-based living, living wages, community hub, respect, social justice, etc.
Aside from being an environmentally-focused small business owner, and managing an eco-grief support group, Michael has been involved as an activist in a plethora of environmental issues over the decades – including climate change action, city-wide single-use plastic reduction, sustainability in business, etc. -- because he believes that we must use our voice to achieve the world we all want.