Nature City Fest 2013This past weekend marked the start of the Nature City Festival in Saskatoon, which runs until this Friday. Produced by volunteer collective Wild about Saskatoon, the festival explores some of the natural wonders going on right in our own back yards and parks.

CFCR correspondent Franny Rawlyk will be attending as many events as she can, doing interviews with event organizers along the way. Join her on her daily adventures by tuning into The Buzz from 5-6pm to hear her latest 5-minute review.

Franny is also writing a blog about her adventures, which you can check out here.

To learn more about the festival and what events are taking place, visit their official website.

Missed The Buzz? Well, you can stream the feature below each day after The Buzz has aired.


Episode 1 (Monday, May 27th) - Franny Rawlyk chats with Candace Savage, one of the main organizers for the NatureCity Festival about what festival goers can expect from the various events happening all week long (the festival runs May 25-31). They also talk about tonight's free keynote lecture featuring the award-winning landscape architect Douglas Olson, happening at 7pm at the Broadway Theatre.

Listen to Episode 1


Episode 2 (Tuesday, May 28th) - On today's episode of the NatureCity Review, Franny interviews Gary Pederson, the naturalized area supervisor of the parks branch with the City of Saskatoon about Donna Birkmaier Park and other initiatives the city is taking to incorporate more natural areas in the city. She also speaks with Allyson Brady, the executive director of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society about the event that took place at the Mendel Art Gallery in tribute to Stan Rowe and his work on ecology in the city.

Listen to Episode 2


Episode 3 (Wednesday, May 29th) - Franny speaks with Penny McKinley of Slow Food Saskatoon. Slow Food Saskatoon and CHEP hosted a delicious local food dinner earlier this week and we hear all about it. We also hear from a local woman who keeps chickens in her backyard year-round, as a bit of urban agriculture.

Listen to Episode 3


Episode 4 (Thursday, May 30th) - On today's episode of the NatureCity Review, we go back to the beginning of the NatureCity Festival and hear a bit about one of the seven opening ceremonies of the festival. Franny interviews Elizabeth Bokelay, the community garden coordinator for the Caswell Hill community garden. We also hear a bit of a song that was performed at the opening ceremony.

Listen to Episode 4


Episode 5 (Friday, May 31st) - On the final episode of the NatureCity Review, Franny interviews the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, Keith Gerue. Keith gave three different presentations about birding in your backyard throughout the festival. We also hear a short clip from the festival's keynote speaker, landscape architect Douglas Olson.

Listen to Episode 5