Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The first backyard wasn't actually a backyard, but a front yard which, apparently, had caused quite a stir in the neighbourhood. The neighbourhood's ideas of aesthetics were challenged by the neat rows of peppers and eggplant. Personally, I thought it was beautiful.We continued on to another house where hot peppers grew close to the ground and sunflowers towered over our heads. We spent the last hour in another yard full of delicious greens. What a sight! We filled buckets full of fresh greens, much of which was to be delivered to The Cornerstone. I love hearing that restaurants are supporting local, urban agriculture projects, such as this one. One of the down sides of dining out is not knowing where the food comes from. I can put that worry on the shelf when I sit down to a fresh salad at the Cornerstone now.
Innovative and eco-minded, Backyard Bounty is an extremely unique urban agriculture project, operated by a small team of three, Robert Orland (founder), Scott Williams (Head Farmer) and Shannon Lee Stirling, Project Coordinator. Throughout the season they also relied on the kindness of volunteers, of which there never seem to be enough.