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As the community prospered, people moved away from the
inner city and there are fewer and fewer of these gardens
visible. The gardening continues in suburban locations
now a part of a national trend fostered by television and
magazines fostering cocooning. Within Alberta's
Italian communities, the elders who came in the early 1950s and 1960s are
now nearly all gone and the challenge is to preserve these
traditions in ways that are relevant for today.
Italian language programs are entrenched in both Edmonton
and Calgary but the challenge of retaining cultural
traditions remains. One couple interviewed indicated
that it was their children who insisted that the mothers
learn to make the Italian Christmas baked goods once their
Perhaps the discovery of regional Italian cookery by
North American chefs will help to preserve those food
traditions in North America's immigrant communities.
But community members who watch these performances, remain
purists at heart. The old ways, preferably learned at
the knees of grandmother or mother, are the best.