Leaving a Legacy: Part One

The Winter Goji Berry Hunt (photo credit: Kathryn Lennon)

The Winter Goji Berry Hunt (photo credit: Amber An)

On 7 January 2014, Terra Informa broadcast live from Edmonton’s City Hall to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our home station, CJSR 88.5 FM. This week is Part One of that show. Hear stories about artist Richie Velthuis’ delicate carvings in ice and the echoes of Chinese immigrants on Edmonton’s food culture. Join us next week for Part Two with Linda Duncan – Alberta’s sole NDP MP, an environmental lawyer, and a recurring guest on Terra Informa over the past few years.

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Before the Melt

It’s only natural for Edmontonians to complain about the winter. This year was no exception, but for some it’s an opportunity to create something magnificent that takes hours of precision and dedication albeit for a unique experience that may only last a couple of hours. Ritchie Velthuis, a local sculptor, spoke to Natalee Rawat at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre in downtown Edmonton, about the challenges of ice sculpting and the rewards of embracing the snow before it melts.

Links: Silver Skate Festival Feb. 14- 23

Dried goji berries. Photo credit: Kathryn Lennon.

Dried goji berries. Photo credit: Kathryn Lennon.

Descendents of the Goji

This story began with a question: could we find goji berries growing wild in Edmonton’s river valley? A search for the plants led us to broader questions about how the historical presence of Chinese vegetable growers in the city has shaped the social and ecological fabric of a place. Terra Informa’s Amber Ann and Kathryn Lennon go searching, under the snow, for the descendants of the goji. References:

  • City of Edmonton Archives/Edmonton Journal: “Chinese church benevolent landlord”, Edmonton Journal article, May 5, 1973, courtesy of City of Edmonton Archives.
  • City of Edmonton Archives/ Edmonton Journal: “From China”, article in Edmonton Journal, October 3, 2004, courtesy of City of Edmonton Archives.
  • City of Edmonton Archives: Henderson’s Edmonton City Directory, 1932

Music Credits: I Wanna Go Back – Onra, from the album Chinoiseries, Empty Space -Yes Nice, from the album Blindfolded 

Links: Edmonton Chinese Garden Society, Edmonton Journal, City of Edmonton Archives

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