Landscapes & Urban farming

 
Flooded community in Alberta via Calgary Sun
The effects of our changing climate aren't just coming anymore, they are here. How and where we build has to change as well. . 'Future-proofing' homes: Anticipating future challenges and building to withstand them.  While it is impossible to know exactly what...
Cedar deck and stairs under construction
How to build decks with greater durability - material choices and construction techniques for longer lifespans. Deck building topics: Meeting setbacks and getting permits in Canada Creating a solid base structure: cement pillars (Sonotubes), screw piles, floating deck...
Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
With a little creativity and ingenuity small spaces can be maximized for a greater harvest and look great doing so. As summer approaches, many of us look forward to the unmistakable taste of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruit, especially those that come from our own soil. For...
Natural backyard swimming pool (NSP)
Say goodbye to chlorine and hello to beauty, by using plants for filtration and oxygenation of natural swimming pools. The origins of natural swimming pools Inspired by the beauty and joy of swimming in mountain lakes, a team of Austrian researchers are credited with launching a...
Living green roof on the Edelwiess house
A living green roof can last far longer than many other roofing systems when installed properly.   Watch more videos The most common building material used for roofing is asphalt shingles, and because of their poor durability they may spend only 15 or 20 years on your...
7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
The year round off-grid greenhouse demystified, a Guest Post by Lindsey Schiller. As a native Californian transplanted into a much cooler climate (Western Quebec), I find myself mourning the loss of fresh local seasonal fruits and veggies all year long, which I understand is...
Flow Frames: A father and son revolutionize beekeeping and put honey on tap.
Imagine siphoning honey straight from the hive, no muss, no fuss, with little to no stress on the bees. Can you imagine having honey on tap straight from your beehive? That is exactly what father and son team Stuart and Cedar Anderson aim to bring to market with an...
 Bosco Verticale, The World's First Vertical Forest
Vertical forests and vertical agriculture have long been dreamed of to help meet the need for urban food production and green space, but nothing ever got past the blueprints. Bosco Verticale in Milan is the first to break ground. Canadian cities are relatively clean, green and few are...
Shaded vegetable garden
Lack of direct sun exposure should not stop you from growing your own food, there are many vegetables that grow in the shade. . If like me, you love to grow your own food but have limited access to all day sun, do not fret - a bountiful harvest is still well within your reach. Just...
Urban Farm Unit
Designer Damien Chivialle re-imagines how we feed our cities, one container at a time.   So, urban agriculture. It's important, right? That’s certainly the conclusion I've come to when pondering the future of food production, our future on this planet, and sustainability in...
Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden
Introducing BioCity's indoor vertical veggie garden. This beautiful installation made with reclaimed wine bottles allows you to grow arugula, chard, strawberries, cherry tomatoes and more all year round in your very own home. . Introducing BioCity's indoor vertical veggie garden. This...
Urban farming
Sustainable home landscaping has permeable surfaces, doesn't require a lot of watering, and ideally incorporates rainwater collection. Urban farming means you can eat what grows there, and that's even better. Plants survived long before humans were around to water them, so we aren't...
Edible Perennials
Whether or not you're interested in edible landscape design, permascaping, or creating a food forest, this list of cold tolerant edible perennials is a great place to start. . When beginning to think about permanent edible landscape design and forest gardening, taking in the general...
Start your won seedlings and begin growing your own foo with Kinburn Farms
Learn which seeds to start indoors, how many to plant, when, and how to care for them. . There are few things more staisfying than growing your own food and with rising food prices a home garden is also a great way to save money on groceries!  At the completion of this...
Sowing Your Seeds with Kinburn Farms
Learn which seeds to start indoors, how many to plant, when and how to care for them. There are few things more satisfying than growing your own food, and with rising food prices a home garden is also a great way to save money on groceries!  At the completion of this...
Get the tools to need to plant your garden, care for your growing veggies, and harvest them. The workshop, as desciribed on the Kinburn Farms...
This workshop which will break down what you will need - from start to finish - to raise your own chickens for eggs or meat. What are your needs – Birds for eggs or meat? Purchasing – Day olds vs. two or three week old chicks? When to get them? Heat...
Learn all about raising your own backyard chickens. What are your needs – Birds for eggs or meat? Purchasing – Day olds vs. two or three week old chicks? When to get them? Heat lamps Organic vs. conventional – What are the different requirements for...
Kinburn Farms Workshop: Sowing your Seeds!
Hands on experience getting seeds started for your summer garden.   In this interactive workshop you will learn which seeds are best for you and your family, then you'll pot up trays, plant a variety of vegetables, label and chart them. Topics covered...
During this workshop, participants will learn the theory of how the ovens are designed and how to use them for cooking. . Adobe ovens make incomparable food! Easy to build from natural and local materials, these ovens are a great addition to any back yard, campground or park…...
A forum for sharing ideas, innovations and successes about Ontario Food. . You're invited to take part in the Greenbelt Fund's Local Food Symposium on February 3 and 4, 2015. A forum for sharing ideas, innovations and successes about Ontario...
Keyhole Garden
How to get this drought-resistant efficient growing method working for you, a five step process. . A keyhole garden is a circular raised garden bed with a compost basket at the center and a keyhole-shaped path that allows access to the entire garden. The compost basket can...
Permaculture workshop
A theory and hands-on workshop for those interested in learning about permaculture gardening. Topics include: organic gardening basics permaculture design and practices companion planting (plants that compliment or protect each other) dynamic accumulators...
building with recycled shipping pallets
built with 105 recycled shipping pallets, this innovative structure by b sq. Design Studio Inc. included walkways, a playhouse, a water feature, and vertical herb gardens that delighted visitors at the flower and garden festival. b sq. Design Studio Inc. is a Toronto based landscape...
Chicago green roof
Toronto will soon see an explosion of green space in the downtown core as residential and commercial buildings comply with new bylaws. In the process we will see a cooler city, cleaner air, cleaner water and lower utility costs. All that and a great place to sit and eat your lunch. ...