Welcome to SOUL
SOUL is the Canadian hub for organic land care accreditation, news and resources.
SOUL was formed in response to the growing need for ecologically responsible land care practices. We cultivate knowledge of organic land care and support its practice.
If you would like to get involved with SOUL, you can become a member through this website. We rely on our members to promote SOUL's goals in their communities; there are many ways to contribute and have fun, too!
SOUL is excited to announce ‘Greener Greenspaces’, a recognition program for urban land care. This new program awards sites from across Canada that exemplify greener greenspace stewardship. The purpose of this award is to showcase the best examples of ecologically-focused land care as a means to inspire others and to further the movement across Canada.
The 2021 program is now closed and all sites achieving the Greener Greenspace recognition will be publicized in November.
Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations! We received applications from eight provinces for sites ranging from urban parks, to ecological centres, hospice grounds and community gardens.
The Role of Horticulture in Cultivating Social and Land Equity
This series is a starting point for a conversation about the garden, landscaping and horticultural world and how the spaces that we cultivate are experienced by people who work with land and plants and the people who occupy, or are excluded from, those spaces.
Over the course of six sessions, we introduced some of the challenges and opportunities around how the urban landscape is currently cared for, we heard from Black and Indigenous speakers about their work and experiences in the horticultural world and we explored some ways to address the root issues to some of the challenges described.
The sessions were recorded and can be found here.
If you would like to organize a viewing of the recorded sessions within your own community, whether that community is professional, social, geographic or virtual, we are happy to pair this with a live, virtual Q&A or discussion session, since our hope is to seed the beginnings of conversations around how we can practice caring for the urban landscape in ways that also cultivate space for all of the life, including human life, that makes up thriving communities.
The Organic Land Care Standard is a technical and goals based document that was first introduced by SOUL in 2003 to address the need for a tool to support a successful transition toward sustainable land care practices by individuals, community, industry and government.
The Organic land care standard is updated regularly to remain in alignment with the Canadian Organic Standard.
Organic land care is the design, construction and maintenance of landscapes using practices and products that preserve and support the health of ecosystems and human communities.
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.