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Guest Blog: Chef Dale MacKay

"Food security in their local community might seem like a strange thing for a chef to be concerned with. While we do our best at Ayden Kitchen & Bar and Little Grouse on the Prairie to minimize food waste, the truth is that the restaurant industry can be pretty wasteful.

This is why we, as restaurateurs and chefs, have to do what we can to give back to the community. Supporting local doesn’t just mean local food providers, but also to build up a positive culture of food in the city – and working with the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre helps us to do that.

The programs and services offered by the food bank help to instill a positive and healthy view of food for those who are food insecure in Saskatoon. Programs like the Garden Patch create gorgeous green space in the city's downtown while educating the community about growing their own food. The garden's ability to provide fresh produce is so important to providing a source of high-quality, nutritious food to those who can’t always afford it.

Dale MacKay with SFBLC staff and volunteers after delivering almost 6,000 lbs of Catelli Pasta this past spring.  Part of a national campaign that Dale contributed his time and skills to. 

Dale MacKay with SFBLC staff and volunteers after delivering almost 6,000 lbs of Catelli Pasta this past spring.  Part of a national campaign that Dale contributed his time and skills to. 

Knowing what great work the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre does for the community in Saskatoon made choosing them to be the recipient of all proceeds from our upcoming Prairie Feast: Street Fair event a no brainer. We’re bringing a group of talented and local-minded chefs from around the country to cook for attendees, and we’re going to make sure to have lots of information for attendees about what they can do further to help create greater food security for everyone in Saskatoon.

Our title sponsors, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and specifically Federated Co-op, have worked extensively with the food bank in the past and are proud to continue this with Prairie Feast."

Dale Mackay
Chef/Owner
Ayden Kitchen & Bar and Little Grouse on the Prairie

If you're interested in learning more about Prairie Feast: Street Fair or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE

SRC Digs in at the Garden Patch

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Thank you Saskatchewan Research Council!

We are celebrating our AMAZING Garden Patch Adopt-A-Plot teams with a weekly spot light. This week we salute the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) for all of their dedication and hard work at the Saskatoon Food Bank Garden Patch. SRC has been sending employees (over 400!) to help out at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre for the last 2 years.

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Q1: Tell us about your team, organization of business.

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) is one of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and technology commercialization.

SRC launched its Employee Volunteer Program in 2013, as a way for SRC to directly contribute to and have a positive impact on the communities where we live and work. Volunteering at Saskatchewan food banks was selected based on a survey of SRC employees.

Our team is likely larger than most! We’ve set up a weekly volunteering schedule and anyone within our Saskatoon office can sign up to participate. Last year, we had 21 individuals help out in the Garden Patch!

Q2: Why does your team participate in the Adopt-A-Plot Program?

After our first year volunteering with Saskatchewan food banks, we received a lot of positive feedback from our employees and many in Saskatoon expressed interest in the Adopt-A-Plot program. Overall, the experience has been positive. Volunteers have enjoyed seeing how their hard work is having a benefit in the community, while also getting out in the sunshine, learning new skills and meeting colleagues that they wouldn’t typically work with.

Q3: What is your favourite part of digging in at the Garden Patch?
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It’s difficult to choose a favourite thing, as it’s been a positive experience all around. Having volunteered in the warehouse, we saw the tremendous need for fresh, healthy foods first hand. Knowing that our work is helping to fill the more than 65,000 emergency food hampers that go out each year is one of the top reasons that we continue to participate.
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Summer Garden Program at the Garden Patch

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Summer Gardening Program starts Friday July 10th 10-12PM

The Summer Garden Program, facilitated by Agriculture in the Classroom runs until August 14th, every Friday from 10AM-12PM.

Children of all ages welcome. No need to register, you may drop in to each session. Parents are free to stay at the session, dig in or enjoy the garden or drop off.

Please contact 

Kyra Mazer: kyra@aitc.sk.ca or Kara Friesen: Kara.aitc.sk.ca

for more information

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The Two Twenty Digs in at The Garden Patch

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Thank you to The Two Twenty!

We are celebrating our AMAZING Garden Patch Adopt-A-Plot teams with a weekly spot light. This week we salute The Two Twenty for all of their dedication and hard work at the Saskatoon Food Bank Garden Patch.

Q1: Tell us about your team, organization of business.

Based in Riversdale, the Two Twenty is Saskatchewan’s first co-working space; home for many of the city's creative and progressive industries and businesses. Our team, Urban Planters, is a mix of companies working within the Two Twenty along with some friends and family members. This is our second year participating as a Garden Patch Adopt-A-Plot team.

Q2: Why does your team participate in the Adopt-A-Plot Program?

At the very core of the Two Twenty's philosophy, is belief in the power of community and a love of urban lifestyles. We connect, we collaborate, and we create. What better way to do this than by getting together to give of our time and energy to nourish our community.

Q3: What is your favourite part of digging in at the Garden Patch?
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It’s a great opportunity to step away from the screen and the hectic pace of our lives to reconnect with nature and get a little dirt under our fingernails. Many members on our team are new to gardening as well, so the learning and sense of achievement are the gold stars that leave us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
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