Future City Builders Calgary ran from March to May 2019, and examined Resilient Food Systems. With farmers’ markets on the rise, a burgeoning brewery industry, urban farms popping up around the city, locally sourced menus at restaurants, and community gardens and orchards gaining popularity, food is an important topic to explore. With that said, Calgarians remain dependent on a highly globalized food system, and the need for food aid in Calgary continues to grow.
Through the 30Lab experience, our cohort stretched their knowledge on food, from production to consumption, with community mentor presentations and our food survey (explore Session 1 and Session 2). Our cohort then brainstormed key youth audiences to innovate on and participated in a design jam. Five unique community projects were developed and entrepreneurship mentors came in to help in the development process. The concepts were presented at our Urban Action Pitch-Off. Feed Your Flat was the recipient of $5000 seed funding at the pitch-off.