Ron Berezan has been gardening organically in Alberta for over 25 years. He has been trained in the bio-intensive organic growing method and in permaculture design. Ron is a master gardener, a member of the Society for Organic Urban Land Care and writes for Going Organic Alberta’s newsletter. He operates The Urban Farmer, an organic gardening, edible landscaping and permaculture design business in Edmonton. Visit his website at www.theurbanfarmer.ca.
An edible landscaping approach looks for ways to incorporate edible species throughout the landscape in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing, functionally effective and that takes advantage of the different growing conditions and microclimates throughout a yard according to the needs and preferences of plant species themselves.
Turn on the tap and there it is; that shimmering, miraculous substance that flows through our rivers and lakes, our soils and plants— the rain that falls and the air we breathe, and indeed through the very eyes that read this text and the hands that hold this page.
When English horticulturalist Robert Hart set out in the mid-1960s to create a healthy and self-sufficient lifestyle for himself and his handicapped brother, he purchased a few acres of land in Shropshire near the Welsh border and began to farm.
Henriette (not her real name) greets me enthusiastically at the door of her large home in an affluent southwest Edmonton neighbourhood. “Come on in, the ‘girls’ are in the garage,” she explains.
"The challenges facing Cuba over the past few decades have indeed birthed an abundance of wisdom and inspiration for aspiring organic farmers the world over."