Online series running from October 2020 to April 2021
October 8th: Working from Where We Are An overview of some of the ways that horticulture, landscaping and land care intersect with and can support social justice and equity efforts -The recording of this session is now posted here.
November 5th : Urban Green Space and Land Access for Indigenous and racialized peoples and across socioeconomic spectrums. Presented by Isaac Crosby, Lead Hand in urban agriculture at the Evergreen Brick Works.
January 7th: Food Access and Sovereignty in the Urban Landscape Presented by Cheyenne Sundance of Sundance Harvest. Register for this session here
February: Cultural values and how they frame horticultural norms
March: Cultivating awareness within the land care and horticultural industry
April: Cultivating relationships within diverse communities
This series is open to the entire horticultural community. There will be additional sessions at the end of the series for SOUL members to discuss the role of SOUL in relationship to these issues and what actions or policies for us to adopt as we go forward.
A Step-by-Step Guide for Community Members Working to Change Municipal Policies for a Greener Future
Organic Urban Land Care is much more than simply restricting the use of synthetic chemicals, it is working with natural systems to create healthy and resilient landscapes. It is a process of planning and caring for spaces with an ecosystem approach, relying on various elements of that ecosystem to support each other so there are fewer inputs needed and less waste produced. At its core, Organic Land Care is about increasing the biodiversity and subsequent resiliency and function of landscapes.
Most municipalities have recognized that diverse urban tree canopies are less susceptible to pest and disease pressures, both by breaking up pathways for the travel and transmission of pests and diseases and by minimizing the chances that a single pest or disease will cause extensive damage to an entire urban forest. There is growing awareness and acceptance of the fact that mixed species turf areas are less bothered by pests and diseases than monoculture lawns and are usually the first to return to active, lush growth at the end of a drought.Read More...
We now have an information pamphlet that introduces organic land care and outlines what we have to offer for the general public and for horticultural professionals. This PDF copy of the pamphlet has been formatted to be home-printer friendly. On most newer printers there is sufficient margin set into the layout that you can print set to 'actual size' and it will sit nicely on a letter sized page. The pamphlet is double sided so there are two pager to the file. If your printer has two sided printing as an option, simply set it to 'flip on short edge' and set it to the number of copies you would like. Otherwise, print as many copies as you need of page 1 and then flip them and print page 2 on the back. Try one first though, to make sure that you know which way your printer feeds the paper so everything comes out on the correct side and the right way up on the final product.
If you need larger quantities, please email us with your address and the quantity that you need and we'll send you some professionally printed copies in the mail.
If there are horticultural professionals that you know who you think would be interested in joining SOUL's Organic Land Care Advocates directory, we have a template email that might be helpful for starting a conversation.
Organic advocates, experts and activists available to support, participate in or offer their experience or resources to local efforts to increase the adoption of organic land care practices within their community. Membership is free and does not require certification. SOUL does not certify the level of knowledge for members at this level. Member names, areas of expertise, website (if provided) and town or city are publicly listed. Email addresses are visible to other SOUL members.
Annual Membership Fee: $0. Annual renewal is required to ensure that contact information remains current.
Join SOUL as an Organic Community Advocate