Sarah Elton

Sarah Elton: Author of short-listed title "Locavore"

Sarah Elton, author of the short-listed title Locavore, is a journalist and writer who focuses on food and agriculture, science and sustainability. She is the food columnist for CBC Radio’s  Here & Now and writes regularly for publications across North America including The Globe and Mail,  Maclean’s, and

Elton speaks regularly at universities, colleges, libraries and at all sorts of events about food and the building of sustainable food systems.

Elton grew up looking for earthworms in her dad’s compost heap, has volunteered on organic farms, fought the raccoons to grow her own back-deck container vegetables, and is currently an urban hunter-gatherer, foraging for local foods where she lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.


Amy Jo Ehman

Amy Jo Ehman: Author of short-listed "Prairie Feast"

Amy Jo Ehman, author of the short-listed title Prairie Feast, grew up in Craik, Saskatchewan surrounded by big gardens and vast fields of wheat. She left the farm for university, studying first at the University of Saskatchewan then completing a BA in Journalism at the University of Regina.

Today she is a freelance writer based in Saskatoon. A regular contributor to CBC’s “Blue Sky” and Prairies North magazine, Ehman also has a monthly column for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and has written for Harrowsmith Country Living. Her blog, Home for Dinner, chronicled her “year of eating locally” and continues to showcase the local food scene.

An accomplished speaker, Ehman is invited to local food festivals across the province to speak on the advantage of local eating.


Sonia Day

Sonia Day, author of the short-listed title "Incredible Edibles"

Sonia Day, author of the short-listed title Incredible Edibles, writes, talks and breathes gardening. Gardening columnist for the Toronto Star and well-known speaker at events such as Canada Blooms, Day has won several awards including one for Best Writing  from the Garden Writers Association.

Day lives on 48 acres in rural Ontario where she maintains a huge garden. She considers big fat globe artichokes to be her greatest gardening achievement.

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