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Rat Routes to Berried Treasure: Recipes as Alternate Narratives of Urban Agriculture

  • Author / Creator
    DeLano, Sarah
  • This thesis considers the constitution of urban places, futures and belonging through foraging, urban gardening and recipe creation. Adopting a community-based research approach, the research embraces values of inclusion and is an active attempt to diversify the ways in which urban greenspaces are planned and imagined. At the heart of this research is the co-creation of a recipe book by a group of culinarily-inclined English language learners and a Métis instructor from Edmonton who is the author of this thesis. This thesis considered how participation in a community urban agricultural and recipe project could increase belonging as well as aid in building more inclusive futures for its participants and for the City of Edmonton. The recipe book created in this project is the culmination of a year of urban gardening and foraging within the City of Edmonton, Alberta; of experiencing and reflecting upon the ways in which we relate to the land, and our imaginations for our future. Our recipes-as-stories offer a window into who and where we are, and specifically on green and wild city spaces where planning, policies and histories do not always include our voices as women, mothers, immigrants, and Indigenous people. As urban food spaces continue to rise in prominence in cities such as Edmonton, how these spaces are defined, managed, who has access to them, and whose voices and experiences are underrepresented in the planning and use of such spaces are essential questions. Through the narratives, experiences, and reflections that we gathered as we created place-based recipes, we carved out spaces of belonging and agency for ourselves and presented our own imaginary of urban agriculture. This imaginary draws from the magic of the everyday to visualize an inclusive and sustainable future in our City. Our vision and our recipes-as-practice reach beyond the generally understood boundaries of urban agriculture and include not only current and local gardens, but also global places, urban forests and intergenerational connections.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2021
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-d8rs-tf72
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.