All posts by Sierra Bilton

Sierra is a Communications student specializing in Journalism at MacEwan University. She has a particular love of the art and culture found nestled in Edmonton's Alberta Avenue communities and beyond.

Growth is in the future for community gardens Expansion of current community gardens is needed

What goes into a meal that feeds 80 people with leftovers to spare? Parkdale-Cromdale’s community garden volunteers from last year’s pilot project can tell you: construction skills, a big pile of dirt, lots of seeds, and a little tender loving care.

Last summer, Parkdale-Cromdale’s Grower’s Dozen Community Garden tested their chops with four 3-by-7 foot raised-bed boxes that yielded enough food for a harvest meal for over 80 people, all grown from donated seeds and plants.

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Delton School stops ignorance with education Fighting prejudice with food, history, and culture

Ignorance is a well-known root cause of prejudice. To combat this, Delton School is offering a refreshing solution.

The goal is to educate not only students, but also their families and the broader community about the many cultures in their neighbourhood. Since January, Delton School has dedicated one night per month to celebrating culture with its Intercultural Family Night. Continue reading Delton School stops ignorance with education Fighting prejudice with food, history, and culture

Developing Abundant Communities Fixing big problems on a small scale starts at home

In a world of increasing social isolation, neighbours can be a great asset for social support, resources, help, and safety. A book called The Abundant Community by John McKnight and Peter Block champions collective efficacy to create more capable and effective communities. Continue reading Developing Abundant Communities Fixing big problems on a small scale starts at home

Choosing to stand up and be bold for change Solidarity is a choice on International Women’s Day

The wave of political populism currently sweeping the West is increasingly beckoning a response, especially when moral values are challenged.

Though many struggle with appropriate responses, solidarity has proven to be an accessible and powerful one. Solidarity refuses to normalize actions with which we disagree and generates momentum behind a cause. Continue reading Choosing to stand up and be bold for change Solidarity is a choice on International Women’s Day

French-Vietnamese eatery to open on the Ave Jasmine Belle Cafe to offer bubble tea and more

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Next month, the building that housed Natalia’s Hair Salon will re-open as Jasmine Belle Cafe, a French-Vietnamese eatery and coffee shop.

Located on the northwest corner of 87 Street and Alberta Avenue, across from Handy Bakery, the cafe will serve breakfast and lunch with fare from both cultures, said owner and operator Joanna Nguyen-Savoie.

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Mesopotamian cuisine available off the Ave Zar Zor Restaurant offers an authentic palate of flavours

Fresh from opening, Zar Zor Restaurant, located on 121 Avenue and 90 Street, offers flavours drawing from long-ago Mesopotamia.

Mesopotamia is the ancient name for the land that once encapsulated large chunks of modern-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey as well as slices of Iran and Kuwait. Mesopotamia made up a significant portion of the “cradle of civilization,” known for its rich soils that fed the first cities of early civilization.

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Cooking healthy meals on a limited budget Rising food costs have exposed a need for education

After Edmonton Food Bank’s shocking realization that some clients didn’t know how to use the staple ingredients in their food hampers, the organization teamed up with Shaw TV Edmonton.

The result was Cook it Simple, a show hosted by chef Stanley Townsend, who was chair of NAIT’s culinary arts program for 25 years. The show’s purpose is to inspire Edmontonians to cook delicious and healthy food on a limited budget.

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