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BREAKING NEWS!!

With only 3 more days left in our campaign, we're super excited to announce that on June 16, Spurse will be competing against Danny St. Pierre, the famed chef of Auguste and Le Cabane restaurants, in our finale cooking competition, the Sidewalk Throwdown. The clincher? Spurse's team will be made up entirely of amateur foragers, gleaners and foodies who've participated in the week-long Eat Your Sidewalk! challenge. It's the ultimate moment of truth for our challenge participants who, in all their newfound mastery, help us take on Danny in this Iron Chef-meets-Survival event. Put your bets on the underdogs!!

Check out the rules of the Throwdown:

  • Make a meal that includes at least 3 courses, and that can feed a hungry public of spectators!
  • Earn points for 1) originality, 2) presentation, 3) taste; and finally, 4) use of the entire ingredient (think "nose-to-tail").
  • Use only ingredients that have been foraged, gathered, hunted or found within a designated boundary. This boundary gets determined at the start of the competition by a string and a map of downtown Sherbrooke.
  • Do this all in 3 hours!
At the end of the competition, judges will vote on each team's culinary creations and don the winning team with bragging rights. Stay tuned when we announce who the judges will be for this event!

Want to see what Danny is made of? Catch him in action, going tete-a-tete against his old friend and chef rival Martin Juneau. 

Who do YOU think will win in the ultimate extreme challenge to eat sidewalks??

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What is Eat Your Sidewalk? It’s a movement to revolutionize our concept of the local that does not rely on simply changing our shopping habits.

How does this happen? At the core of Eat Your Sidewalk is an outrageous  community-wide dare: it’s a challenge where for one week the means to live and eat are limited to what is found right under your feet.


Picture this: a wild mash-up of the 100 mile diet meets your grandmothers foraging skills meets MacGyver for seven intense days. At the end of the week things ratchet up even further as your new skills get put to the test in a hybrid foraging cooking competition we are calling the “sidewalk throwndown”.

Catalyzing this challenge is the second key component of Eat Your Sidewalk: a practical set of tools for civic engagement to revolutionize your new concept of the local. There will be code books to fit in your back pocket, cookbooks with recipes for social, and ecological possibilities, and a set of stencils to reactivate your environment. And to fully round out this kit of tools there will be how-to posters on tool making as well as work gear, aprons and bags -- all designed to be powerful catalysts to support you as you co-shape your local.

Accompanying this project is an online crowd-sourced platform which will grow as the movement evolves. It will host bloggers telling the stories of the challenges, as well as a hub for wayfinding and mapping all of our interwoven locals.

With all of this developing we are really thrilled that Eat Your Sidewalk will launch in two cities this summer: In Sherbrooke Quebec which is in the heart of Montreal’s food region and in Detroit (a city that is pioneering ways to transform the post industrial landscape in relation farming and foraging).
And so this should give you a good sense of  what the money is for: the city-wide challenges, the design, development and production of the remarkable tools, and a robust web infrastructure..

Please join us on this adventure to reinvent place and further the possibilities of a richer path through life.

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OK, so I get the challenge but say more about why I really need to“Eat my Sidewalk”?  

For us it is in the very words:
EAT: eating is what links us to all life -- when we eat a dandelion growing on our street what has happened to it now happens to us. Our health and its health are linked. Its concerns and ours meet. We can no longer separate our fates.
YOUR: You are not alone as you pick this plant -- others want it (both human and non-human), you have to negotiate, work together -- this means forming a community based on shared concerns (health, sustainability, pleasure...). Not a top down community, or a community in name only, but a co-evolving community of partners.
SIDEWALK: So often we talk about local but we skip over our actual place to get to the parts of our environment we more easily recognize because they are more like products or have been defined for us as important. But this means we are not addressing our actual environment fully. How do we do this? Begin with where you are -- your sidewalks, yards, neighborhoods, and the systems that they are part of -- and pay attention to everything. When this really happens a place comes alive.
!: Lets not forget the thin bit of punctuation! The exclamation mark is there because it has to be as urgent and as it is fun. (It can’t be all doom and gloom). Eating your sidewalk is an occasion to celebrate (and work on a dare!): For 7 days, you’ll be tuned into a frequency of life where old habits are broken and new skills are learned. Where blind faith rules and new futures get hatched. As each day’s events fold into the next, you’ll be thinking and making on your feet, with collaborators of all kinds, to push your capacities beyond anyone’s expectations. Eat Your Sidewalk! celebrates the excesses that just might come with a less dependent way of life.

Please join us on this adventure to reinvent place and further the possibilities of a richer path through life.


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    Eat Your Sidewalk! Code Book: Feeling the urge to challenge your current worldview, but don’t know where to start? Bring our handy pocket-sized guide along, and try out our 9-point approach - the same one that we’ll be bringing to Eat Your Sidewalk! Simple, direct and groundbreaking.
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    AND... whether you donate $5 or $10,000, you’ll immediately receive a link and passcode to watch “Eat Your Sidewalk! Outtakes,” a hilarious collection of bloopers while shooting our Kickstarter video. After a hearty meal of dandelions, a little comic relief goes a long way.

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    “Future Garden” PDF Stencil: The world beneath your feet is teeming with potential, but just how do you change perceptions of your grass fringes? Print out this full-scale template, cut along the dotted lines and tag your curbs (specify French or English for stencil).

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    Interventionist Kit: Ready to hit the pavement? Mark your beat with this Eat Your Sidewalk!/ Mange Ton Trottoir! stencil (5” tall by 24” long), featuring the very same design we’ll be using in our guerilla ad campaign throughout Sherbrooke. Your kit will also include the Code Book and the PDF Stencil (specify French or English for stencils).

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    “Tools to Make Tools” Poster: If necessity is the mother of invention, then Jason Krpan - a long time back-to-the-lander, and collaborator on this project - is the father of extreme repurposing. In this signed, limited edition poster (18” x 24”), Jason lays out 40 years of secrets to make tools from anything... literally!

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    The Sidewalk Cookbook: There was The Futurist Cookbook, The Modernist Cookbook, and The Anarchist Cookbook - manifestos disguised as cookbooks. Now, it’s time we concocted new recipes for social, ethical and ecological possibilities, from knotweed cakes to mashed potentials. One part culinary to two parts conceptual, this cookbook chronicles the how’s and why’s of every meal we serve during Eat Your Sidewalk!

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    Tool Kit: Get tooled up with this basic bundle that includes the Code Book, the Stencil, and the Poster. Ink, paper and great ideas never worked so hard for your support! Signed with a personalized thank you (specify French or English for stencil).

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    Complete Kit: Arm yourself with this deluxe set of tools, including the Code Book, the Stencil, the Poster and the Cookbook. Put these all together and you’re ready to leap across fences and make like MacGyver (specify French or English for stencil).

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    Workaphile’s Apron: The concept of work takes on a whole new meaning when you’re eating your sidewalk, and so should the concept of work gear. Dress the part with this work apron, fashioned out of durable and repurposed materials that give “pragmatic” a new spurse design sensibility. Limited to 20, each one is designed and made during Eat Your Sidewalk! Please add $15 shipping fee.

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    Jason’s Tool: Behind every great tool is a great problem worth having! No one knows this more deeply than our collaborator and extreme back-of-the-lander Jason Krpan. Inspired by his unique collection of tools come this limited edition of handcrafted tools; each one will be designed and made during Eat Your Sidewalk! Please add $15 shipping fee.

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    Essential Tool Box: So you think a box is just a box? Think again, with this custom-designed tool-box that doesn’t just hold one of Jason’s tools, it helps you make your own tools. In case you need to jump start your tool-making, we’ll also throw in the Code Book and the Poster for good measure. Please add $15 shipping fee.

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    Tool Bag: Eating your sidewalk calls for a subtle street flair; this shoulder bag is the ticket to coming prepared AND never letting on! Designed and stitched exclusively with Eat Your Sidewalk!, this sturdy bag is made from recycled bicycle inner tubes by Sherbrooke’s brilliant folks at Ressac (one of our partners on this project). But don’t wait! This stylish, one-of-kind sack has a limited run of only 20 (specify French or English for stitching). If not picking up locally, please add $20 shipping fee.

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    Complete Tool Kit: This boxed edition is chock full of wares that help you carry out even the most challenging of challenges: the Code Book, the Stencil, the Poster, the Cookbook, the Tool, and the Apron. All carefully packed in a compact field box with shoulder strap. Please add $20 shipping fee.

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    Fieldwork: Slip on your hip waders and go out in the field with spurse and 11 of your friends! Spurse will lead a 3-hour exploratory adventure to rethink your region. You choose the area - or let us choose from one of our favorite secret spots - within a three hour drive of New York, Austin or San Francisco. For distances and group sizes beyond that, travel and material expenses will be covered by the backer. (Led by 2 spurse members).

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    Crash Course: This is the Code Book, brought to you live, unedited and completely decoded! Designed to jump start a plan for change with our 9-point approach, spurse will conduct a workshop that accommodates specific questions, problems or issues (up to 15 participants). We’ll come to any area within a three hour drive of New York, Austin or San Francisco. For distances and group sizes beyond that, travel and material expenses will be covered by the backer. (Led by 2 spurse members).

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    Boot Camp: Get down into the trenches with spurse, as we eat sidewalks with you and 9 of your friends. This full-day event will kick off with a crash course to rethink our ideas about the commons, and will culminate into an exquisitely experimental meal. We’ll come to any area within a three hour drive of New York, Austin or San Francisco. For distances and group sizes beyond that, travel and material expenses will be covered by the backer. (Led by 2 spurse members).

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    Sidewalk Throwdown: Sometimes it takes a little friendly competition to turn a skeptic into a believer, and spurse is no stranger to that! spurse will bring the “Sidewalk Throwdown,” a unique cooking challenge, to your community. Spurse will face off against a local chef and their team, racing to turn foraged mystery ingredients into culinary delights. Local judges will choose the tastiest, taking place in a festive atmosphere. It’s a chance to celebrate what is right under our feet, and to open our eyes to new practices. We will come to any area within a three hour drive of New York, Austin, or San Francisco. For distances beyond that, travel expenses will be covered by the backer. (Led by 2 spurse members).

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    Eat Your Sidewalk! Challenge: Bring the challenge to your city! Spurse will help you develop a custom Eat Your Sidewalk! event that catalyzes existing practices and communities into new states. Spurse will help with the planning, development and offer logistical support. Please contact spurse directly for more details.

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