July 17, 2015
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
One day my “green car” will have a rooftop vegetable garden. As we wait for automotive technology to catch up, I write about the importance and place of eating, food preparation, and agriculture in our lives. I’m the author of the 2012 book Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution and my next book, Food Artisans of the Okanagan, will be published spring 2016.I asked Leroy to photograph me with his globe-trotting Little Green Car in Urban Eden, one of my hometown’s lovely community gardens. I am a keen amateur gardener and I love to spend time wandering through the city’s productive landscapes.
Jennifer thought she’d be a world-traveler, but she lives just a few blocks away from where she was born, which is also the same neighbourhood in which one of her grandmothers grew up. She remarks, “maybe I’m not as adventurous as I could be.”
Her two huskies used to raid the garden. They especially loved buttercup squash and raspberries.
She’s the President of the Board of LitFest: Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival. Factoid: LitFest is Canada’s only nonfiction festival and one of only three in the world.
Her favourite food is whatever has just come from the garden.