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Golden Carrot Awards
KNOW SOMEONE WHO DESERVES AN AWARD?
CONSIDER NOMINATING THEM FOR A GOLDEN CARROT AWARD!
The Golden Carrot Awards is an annual event to celebrate and honour Community Food Champions who are working hard to create a just and sustainable food system. See below for description of categories.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR 2013 DISTINCTIVE NOMINEES!
Rural: Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative
Urban: Brandon Community Garden Network
Northern: Cheryl Cohan
Business: Ben Kramer
Media: Ismaila Alfa
Education: Debbie Versluis (Gillis School Salad Bar)
Youth: DR Hamilton School Students
Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative - DISTINCTIVE HONOUREE
Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative (HMLFI) is a community-driven project to bring healthy, fair, sustainable and delicious food directly from Manitoba farmers to eaters. Building on the growing local food movement HMLFI is building an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable food system in Manitoba
Julie's passion for local food and community development make her an integral part of the growing Manitoba food community. She has been involved in initiating and supporting many ground-breaking projects through her work with Heifer Canada - including Fort Whyte Farms, the Manitoba Farm Mentorship Program, and the Farmers' Markets Association of Manitoba, to name a few. Julie's tireless commitment, passion for people and food, and hard work to build sustainable and meaningful projects are highly commendable.
Kalynn is the Project Coordinator for The Manitoba Small Farms Directory project, a proposed website that will serve the function of profiling and direct-marketing farms in Manitoba. This website will be a tool for consumers, chefs and institutions to find locally and sustainably produced food through a Google-map of farms, each with its only profile page.
Signe is the founder of Fruity Manitoba Community Orchard. The orchard is in The Polonia river Valley on the Eastern Slopes of Riding Mountain. Built using a co-op model, Fruity Manitoba is a place to teach sustainable practices, grow local food and build community. Signe also volunteers with other community gardens while in the city and makes herbal soaps with her Ceromatis Herbal Skin Care company.
Brandon Community Garden Network (Ryan Graves) - DISTINCTIVE HONOUREE
Brandon's Community Garden Network has taken the fundamental link between gardens, food and community into the realms of health, culture and education. For over fifteen years, the Community Garden Network has been building and supporting Brandon's communities through the establishment and maintenance of community gardens. The initiative has budded to now include twelve gardens and an urban farm.
Jasmine works for the North End Food Secutiry Network as the Food Security Coordinator. She's been working to fulfill the need for equal food for all by helping the community to gain knowledge, learn about nutritional foods and to increase access to them through specially designed programs. Some of the programs she leads are the Main Street Farmers Market, nutritional cooking classes, community gardens, ongoing food and gardening workshops and much more.
Moneca has been a community food champion in Winnipeg for over twenty years. She is an artist, a mother, a nutritionist, a researcher, an educator and a First Nations woman who is passionate about healthy eating, helping others, and integrating traditional food and culture into food education programs. Moneca is a key staff member of the Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance and is the program developer for Community Tables, an innovative approach to building capacity in community-based organizations to serve healthy, affordable and traditional foods in Winnipeg's North End.
Sustainable South Osborne Community Co-op
The Sustainable South Osborne Community Co-op develops and supports local activities related to sustainable local food systems, active transportation, simplified living, and climate change. The co-op is a volunteer run, grant funded organization that was started in 2009. Individuals get to learn about growing food, purchasing food locally, and are provided with opportunities to volunteer in their community, as well as to become part of a larger group creating community sustainability in all areas.
CMU Farmers' Collective
The CMU Farm offers urban eaters healthy food alternatives. With close to 40 different shareholders the CMU Farm has inspired a love for fresh food and growing local. Whether through workshops or work days, they have had an impact on the dozens of people who have come through their gate. Deeply committed to better relationship, this shows in their respect for the land and for all those greeted with a smile who happen to wander onto the farm.
Iain is the founder of community gardening collective "Food for Folks" - a food security project based in Winnipeg's North End. Already a number of spaces have been converted into lush community garden. Iain's leadership has ensured that Food for Folks is a staple at the Winnipeg Folk Fest campground and at the weekly Main Street Farmers' Market. Food for Folks' success within these urban areas is a testament to the support and backing from within the community.
Cheryl Cohan - DISTINCTIVE HONOUREE
Cheryl is a certified horticultural therapist who is in her fourth year of facilitating programming in Sharmattawa. Her consistent presence, combined with her educational background and training in therapy, has allowed her to build trusting and supportive relationships with community members, many of whom are facing some kind of trauma in their lives and might otherwise have little time for food projects. Cheryl has helped many community members start their own gardens as well as a community garden at the nursing station and has been there to provide advice and support as the seasons have passed. As a result, interest in growing food has spread through the community to the point where people are now expressing an interest in raising chickens and keeping bees.
Sherry has been a great Community Food Champion not only in her community of Barrows Manitoba but in the surrounding area as well. She is a reliable volunteer with the Northern Healthy Foods Initiative in helping to coordinate the purchase of seeds, plants, trees and other needed items for the communities nearby. She is always ready to help by hosting workshops on many topics, encouraging community members to come out and by helping to turn dreams in realities.`
Jennell Marjeran & Amber Johnson
These two ladies work tierlessly as advocates for Northern communities and have accountabilitly overseeing the dispersement of support from NHFI. They both endeavour to really get to know the communities they support and to understand the opportunities and challenges of Manitoba's North. They are the difference-makers that ensure that NHFI is an impactful program.
Larry has volunteered alot of his time to work with NHFI to assist members of community. From securing the construction materials for raised garden beds, to bringing other materials, seeds and soil for the garden, to helping the gardens grow Larry is a key participant in his community's gardens. Larry continues to work towards a greenhouse and garden shed for community gardeners.
Ben Kramer - DISTINCTIVE HONOUREE
Ben is a talented Chef who devotes his career and personal time to supporting local food, products and businesses. He is known among his Chef peers to be an outspoken advocate for using local sustainable food. You can find him volunteering his own time at local food related events.
Johnny, the owner of Saigon Jon's Vietnamese Kitchen, ensures that if possible, every ingredient used at his restaurant is either from a local source or grown in-house. He not only believes in the power of supporting farmers within the community, but he believes that his customers deserve the highest quality of ingredients. Saigon Jon's also boasts its own 'Urban Cultivator' which allows it to grow its own herbs within the four walls of the restaurant.
Derryl & Alix Reid
Derryl and Alix are devoted to providing ethical, fair trade, sustainable and delicious coffee. What sets Green Bean Coffee apart from other businesses is that they have a personal relationship with their provider and frequently visit Bolivia in order to maintain those connections and reconnect with the coffee farmers. Furthermore, though the coffee beans themselves are internationally grown, the beans a locally roasted in Ciandeboye Manitoba.
Bessie's Best! (Bessie Hatzitrifonos)
Bessie's Best! is a line of premium healthy, natural/organic Mediterranean dips and sauces. Bessie's Best products are all natural/organic Mediterranean dips and sauces, which are currently handmade, gluten free and mainly vegan. They are fresh and delicious and extremely healthy. This hard working woman is bringing healthy and delicious food to Manitobans. Her passion and love for food and health is admirable, and you can taste it in her products
Food for Folks
Food for Folks is a volunteer driven community based non-profit coorperative social enterprise founded in 2010 by Iain Brynjolson. Food for Folks connects the inner city and the arts/culture scene to local food and uses the revenue to invest in local and inner city food production projects bringing the food even closer to the people.
Ismaila Alfa - DISTINCTIVE HONOUREE
It seems through multiple means, Ismaila Alfa does what he can to contribute to food issues in Manitoba. From a history of working in the food industry, growing herbs, and doing restaurant features, to his more recent contributions to the food dialogue by hosting panel discussions as a CBC representative, Alfa has made a significant contribution to Manitoba food awareness.
Peg City Grub
Peg City Grub is a popular culinary tourism blog launched by Tourism Winnipeg in April 2012. From the beginning, the blog has focused on increasing awareness about food culture within Winnipeg and across the province. Through twice-weekly posts and daily Tweets, Peg City Grub has been an enthusiastic ambassador for the local food movement. The blog covers food news and the regional cuisine movement in Manitoba. Local chefs who embrace made-in-Manitoba ingredients are also profiled regularly.
Ciao! Magazine (Erin Bend & Jenn Zoratti)
In 1997 Fanfare launched Ciao! to celebrate the food, chefs and restaurants of the region. they magazine is distriubted ever second month, with four regular issues and two special issues (Holiday Gift Issue and Summer Travel Issue). Ciao! has made it clear that they love to promote local food through their own annual awards program "Good Food Manitoba" which celebrates producers, retailers and restaurants for their creative use of local and seasonal ingredients. The magazine also consistently highlights those within the region who strive for a more healthy, local and sustainable food system.
Debbie Versluis (Gillis School Salad Bar) - DISTINCTIVE HONOUREE
Run by "canteen lady" Deb, the Gillis Salad Bar grew out of a desire to give kids the best foods available. Every Tuesday at lunch, about 35 students from Kindergarten to grade 8 line up to get their plates, and are able to make their own salads from a choice of 14 different fresh ingredient options. In addition to being healthy, the ingredients are prepared from scratch by Deb, and many are locally and organically grown.
Esan Omari Azore
Esan offers a credibly, wholistic approach to self and community health through food awareness. Education is key, and Esan himself continues to expand his understanding, relentlessly experimenting with miso production, kim chee and kombucha making, and dairy culturing. He has become a local celebrity among purveyors of these items and receives calls and email inquiries on a regular basis. He is driven to share these skills with others so that they may be able to produce their own food with confidence, safety, and fun.
Chantel Duecy (Agape Table)
The weekly Agape Table for Kids (ATFK) programming focuses on educating pre-school aged children and their parent or caregiver about healthy, balanced nutritional choices and in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Chantal plans activities to engage children and their caregivers in learning about nutrition, making better choices, and in being physically active. The programming includes a snack time when Chantal encourages parents and children to visit with each other and exchange experiences, challenges, and ideas.
Kenton models a commitment to sustainable food systems in many ways as an instructor at Canadian Mennonite University. He is the driving force behind the CMU Farm - a CSA farm that provides vegetables for customers while educating university students. He is passionate and outspoken about food justice in the classroom and encourages his students to do the same in addition to teaching a full course on sustainable food systems and jood justice.
Brian runs the daily breakfast program at the 130 student strong Collicutt School. He is passionate about the program and uses the time with the children to teach nutrition, health (both physical and mental) but more importantly his message to the children is about relationships. Brian teaches the kids to care about each other, show empathy, treat others with respect and how to be a good person. Brian offers these children a warm breakfast and a warm and caring place to share a healthy meal with an adult who really cares about them.
Lauren spends a lot of her own time personally connecting with many students and to inspire these young minds to do better for the environment, from using and supporting local farmers and organizations, to techniques to reduce the amount of waste production. Ms Sawchuck has taught the students how the things we do create an impact on the world.
F.W. Gilbert Elementary (various staff members)
The outdoor garden at F.W. Gilbert Elementary School has plots for all grades, including Kindergarten and Nursery School. It also includes garden space for the “Little Green Thumbs” Garden Club. Garden plots have been used to grow vegetables, grains, flowers that are used for various projects and education opportunities, as well as contributing ingredients for an annual harvest supper, after school snacks and canning sessions.
D.R. Hamilton School Students (Andrea McIvor's class) - DISTINCTIVE HONOUREE
The students of D.R. Hamilton School have been involved in all aspects of the Chicken Club in their community. Recieving 50 meat birds and 25 layer hens, students learned responsibility by raising these animals collectively. Watering, feeding, cleaning litter and the final slaughter and consumption of the birds are all a part of chicken raising.
Ida was an incredibly eager participant in the Youth for Eco Action program (an environmental program with a focus on food security issues) at the Boys and Girls Club over the fall of 2012. From picking apples to share with the community, to lessons on baking and cooking, Ida was always engaged in the program and working hard. She demonstrated a love of learning, and was able to share some of her own family's food skills and traditions with the rest of the group. Ida is 12 years old and her commitment to the program and passion for food (whether it be growing, harvesting, cooking or eating).
Josh, a life long resident of Winnipeg's North End, has been working for four years as a core volunteer on the Euclid Community Gardens in Point Douglas. Also, he worked with Food for Folks in 2012 on the mobile farmers market in Point Douglas. He is now working with The Boys and Girls Club as an intern with The Youth for Eco Action program.
The RURAL CATEGORY acknowledges the devoted farmers, producers and community members contributing to local, sustainable food and healthy, vibrant communities in rural Manitoba.
URBAN CATEGORY nominees are those individuals or community groups that facilitate gardening, healthy eating or equitable food distribution in urban Manitoba.
People or groups nominated in the NORTH CATEGORY are working to ensure access to nutritious food, promoting locally cultivated or wild food products or sharing their food traditions with others in northern Manitoba.
The BUSINESS CATEGORY recognizes innovative businesses and co-ops that are striving to bring healthy and sustainable food options to their customers.
Community Food Champions in the MEDIA CATEGORY may be reporters, television and radio personalities, bloggers or other organizations that promote and discuss food security issues.
The EDUCATION CATEGORY highlights the efforts of individuals and institutions that are sharing their knowledge to, and teaching food skills with Manitobans.
Nominees in the YOUTH CATEGORY exemplify ingenuity, motivation and a passion for food. While they may be under 18 years of age, they are already on their way to becoming our future food leaders and entrepreneurs.
2012 Golden Carrot Awards
2012 awards were designed and created by Laurie Green.