CUPS Leads Collaborative Social Innovation

Honey Apple Lemon Jam

Look for these delicious preserves at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmer’s Market.

Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) is creating partnerships that support our local food systems, the sharing economy and community economic development. This past week, Miriam Bankey, nutritionist with CUPS, led a creative collaboration between the Centre for Engaged Learning, Calgary Urban Harvest, [pre]serve foodskills and the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. It was a food rescue project that went beyond the charitable model of giving.

A bustling group of student volunteers from the Centre for Engaged Learning at the University of Calgary met up with Calgary Harvest and CUPS to harvest apples from local fruit trees in Sunnyside on Friday, September 5th. This past week, the apples were used at a canning and preserving workshop hosted by CUPS. Participants learned new food skills and the art of canning and preserving with Jessica Matthies of [pre]serve foodskills. Participants took home some of the bounty from the class including honey lemon apple jam and spiced pickled apples. Preserves from the workshop will be sold at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers Market this Wednesday, September 17th to support future CUPS food programming.

The organizations involved in this collaboration were brought together through the Calgary EATS network. The vision of Calgary Eats to create a sustainable and resilient food system for the Calgary region was brought to life through this initiative. Get involved and discover what bounty is available this fall in your own backyard.


  1. Head to the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmer’s Market this Wednesday, September 17th from 3-7pm and purchase fresh preserves from this unique collaboration. Profits from the sales go directly back to supporting food and nutrition programming at CUPS.
  2. Register for classes with [pre]serve foodskills and support a Calgary based social enterprise. Or, join the YYC Preservers Club.
  3. Follow Calgary Eats on Facebook or sign up for their email list.
  4. Volunteer with Calgary Harvest this fall and connect with our local food system.
  5. Help marginalized and vulnerable Calgarians by donating time or money to CUPS.

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