Head to the SWEFM annual Garden Festival!

Looking for a great way to green your kitchen and learn how you can grow food for Edmonton’s Food bank? Take a look at the annual Garden Market Festival coming up on Wednesday May 29th at the Southwest Edmonton Farmers Market!

Garden Festival
Another market day is just around the corner and it’s a special one! It’s our Annual Garden Festival! You will find lots of fun filled, informative and delicious things to do at this week’s market. Here are the highlights:
This is our annual kick off for Plant A Row, Grow A Row, our partnership with Edmonton’s Food Bank that is designed to collect fresh fruits and veggies and deliver them to the food bank in the fall. It is our opportunity to make a difference in a really important way, contributing “real food” to the Food Bank’s storage vaults: food that is fresh, nutrient dense and ever-so-healthy! To find out more about this important initiative, read these old blog posts:
The Edmonton Food Bank and its volunteers will be onsite collecting donations of:
  • Sealed Bags of Rice
  • Empty Egg Cartons
  • Boxed, Canned & Bagged non-perishable Food Donations
  • Any used shopping bags
Help us Grow A Stack of egg cartons at the SWEFM Info Tent for Edmonton’s Food Bank… how tall can we make it??? The food bank is always in need of empty egg cartons.
Help us Fill our Wheelbarrow to overflowing with sealed bags of rice for the food bank. Rice is something simple, nourishing & easy to store that many food bank clients would love to see in their hampers regularly. A familiar staple the world over, our food bank doesn’t see enough to meet its demand. Please consider bringing a bag of rice to our Garden Festival event… after all, a grain of rice is a “seed!”
Servus Credit Union will be holding a penny drive, collecting old pennies that we can no longer use here in Canada, converting them into “real” cash and donating the proceeds to Edmonton’s Food Bank. WIN BIG! Swap your old pennies for a draw ballot: you could win market bucks to use at your next visit to the market!

Our veggie growers will have plants ready for your gardens and hanging baskets all set to beautify your front porches, balconies and backyard decks. Most importantly, there will be little vegetable plants ready to put in your gardens and patio pots for Plant A Row, Grow A Row… our partnership with Edmonton’s Food Bank.

A number of organizations will be on site to answer any questions you might have and to help you take your gardening to the next level. Sustainable Food Edmonton focuses on ways to make our local food resources support our community, lessening our dependence on food trucked and shipped in from afar. Eating local food decreases the environmental cost of our food system, and increases the nutrient density of our food… find out more by stopping at their booth.

Master Gardeners will be on site in our Community Tent… ask them any questions you have about gardening! They will have the answers! At the same time, they have a children’s craft for your kids to do to help them participate in Plant A Row, Grow A Row. Stop by and have them make a newspaper pot and plant a seed for the food bank. Then take it home, plop it directly into a pot or your garden and.. voilà!… your kids are growing a donation!Master Composter will also be at our market this year, teaching us all how to compost our kitchen and yard waste easily, efficiently and effectively. Stop by their booth to see for yourself how easy it can be to turn your garbage into valuable, nutrient-dense goodness for your garden!

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About Environment Week Edmonton

Environment Week celebrates Edmonton’s environment. It is a great time for Edmontonians to host and attend events that include some learning, some fun and some action. Action is doing something on purpose to lessen your impact on the environment. Celebrating and action projects are great ways to bring a community together towards a greener future. Participating in local Environment Week events is a great way to discover easy things you can do for the environment. The choices you make – big and small – really do make a difference because your action counts!

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