Edmonton food incubator two years in the making receives good news with municipal and provincial funding

For Immediate Release, March 4, 2019

The Public - Alberta’s Food Incubation Hub, received good news that grant funding from both the City of Edmonton and the Province has been confirmed today.

Edmonton City Council voted to approve $600,000.00 for a facility in Central Mcdougall to cultivate local food entrepreneurs. It was a unanimous vote from the Executive Council. This amount will complement the $231,500 recently confirmed from the Government of Alberta.

The total $3,000,000 dollar project will support businesses by providing a production focused hub that will house provincially and federally inspected commercial kitchen spaces, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities to create real and lasting economic change for the Edmonton food industry. It will give Edmonton’s local food economy the boost it needs to get locally made food products with regional ingredients, on the plates of all Albertans and Canadians.

This funding stream will unlock other opportunities and allow for Phase 1 of construction to start as early as Spring 2019.

Once all phases are complete, the building will offer a total of 13 commercial grade kitchens, specialty equipment, a packaging and labeling area, storage, distribution, business support, co-working spaces, and research and development for all products incubated, as well as a consumer facing retail, cafe, grocery and event space.

For full details, please feel free to review the The Public Business Case available at the City of Edmonton. The Public and its affiliates would like to thank everyone for their support and to Council and the Government of Alberta for helping us to take the first step in this necessary facility for the food community.

The Public, which has been 24 months in the making, is a new collaborative venture by Wild Heart Collective, Makespace Group and Wild Heart Society for Vibrant Communities.

Stay updated on The Public:

Global News: Food incubator for entrepreneurs, producers to fire up Edmonton’s local food scene
CBC News: Edmonton invests $600,000 to turn old warehouse into new food hub
Edmonton Journal: New commercial kitchen plays to Edmonton's traditional strength

CTV News: City approves $600K in funding for local food production hub


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We're Growing Our Team!

**EDIT: This position has been filled. We are grateful to everyone who applied (you are all so incredibly talented!) We look forward to introducing you to our new team member!

Wild Heart Collective LTD. is seeking a motivated, vibrant individual with a background in Events Management and Marketing.

The Events and Marketing Manager will oversee and coordinate the operations of both Grand Market locations, special events production, as well as assist the marketing and social media team. Reporting to the General Manager, the Events and Marketing Manager will ensure the successful operations of the weekly markets, vendor communication and market programming. The Events and Marketing Manager will also be responsible for running other Wild Heart and contracted events such as Grand Taste Tour, Grand Market Beverage Garden, and other items as needed with client work. This is a full-time position with site and office hours.

Job Title: Events and Marketing Manager
Work Location: On-site, in office.
Proposed Start Date: Immediately

Click the link for a full job description! Please email amy@wearewildheart.com with your applications. Please write “Events Manager” in your subject. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Edit: Our summer team is confirmed and we are looking forward to an exciting year! Thanks to everyone who applied, you are all SOO TALENTED!

With all the snow on the ground, it’s hard to think about summer and market season but we are preppin’ now for what we already know will be a busy year!

We are still seeking an Assistant Market Director for our Sunday location. This is a PAID internship via SCiP. See details here!