|Official Launch at City Hall|
|Written by Jodi Peters|
|Friday, 16 April 2010 05:50|
In the gentle warmth of the April sun, the Backyard Bounty Collective sat down with Vancouver City Councillors (and a bit later, the Mayor) and enjoyed delicious food representing each of our backyard food production systems prepared by Bishop's restaurant executive chef Andrea Carlson. The launch marks the official "going public" efforts of our collective and our first chance to present our demonstration systems to the public. We had a nice sized crowd of supporters, media, and interested passersby. Trish Kelly of the Food Policy Council mc'd the event, Councillor Andrea Reimer spoke on behalf of the city about their support and excitement for the initative that we are taking. We thanked VanCity and Farm Folk City Folk, and of course the Environmental Youth Alliance for their respective roles in funding us, supporting us and creating us! And then we invited everyone to eat!
The menu (for those that missed it - just to make your mouths water and remind you that YOU could raise these ingredients right in your backyard!!) was composed of three canapes: Honey and woodruff roasted rhubarb tart Egg crepes with grilled mushroom salad Smoked Tilapia with radish and arugula After people had satisfied their palates, they took the time to observe and ask us questions about our systems that were on display at the event.
My micro-aquaponics system drew a lot of curious glances and provided a great object lesson in the principles of aquaponics.
I considered my goldfish (who bumped around in panniers on the bike ride to and from home) to be excellent ambassadors for more sustainable and integrated aquaculture!
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 14:54|