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  • 06 Sep 2022 7:50 PM | Anonymous

    SOUL is seeking a new Executive Director.

    Our executive director is in the process of downsizing her commitments and has expressed her intention to move away from her current roll.

    We are seeking someone to take over the responsibilities of Executive Director in a open-ended contract position.

    Please see the full description of the role and other details here.

  • 20 Dec 2021 8:16 PM | Anonymous

    Starting January 11, 2022

    SOUL’s 2022 Year of the Ecological Garden

    Every Tuesday at 3:00pm Eastern, Noon Pacific

    Tickets are free or by donation

    Registration required

    A year-long series promoting ecological land care and the expertise of SOUL members.

    Hosted on Zoom, each session will be 45 minutes with a host and a guest, opening with an introduction or short presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A

    Monthly Topics:

    January: Developing Urban Ecology - Cultivating Ecological Relationships Close to Home
    February: Greener Greenspaces – Recognizing examples of greener public spaces and speaking with some of the people who have helped in their creation and care
    March: Trees in Urban Settings
    April: Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty
    May: Soil Care and Composting
    June: Ecological Turf Care – and turf alternatives
    July: Greener Greenspaces – Virtual tours of some of the 2021 recognition recipients
    August: Greener Greenspaces – Virtual tours of some of the 2021 recognition recipients
    September: Urban Biodiversity – Pollinators and Habitat
    October: Urban Biodiversity – Native Plants, Seed Saving, Stratification and Winter Sowing
    November: The Right to Garden – Land Access, Bylaws and other Barriers to Practicing Land Care

    December: Livelihoods in Ecological Land Care


  • 20 Dec 2021 8:14 PM | Anonymous

    We are very pleased to announce that the 2021 Greener Greenspace recognition recipients are now posted on the SOUL website. From tiny to extensive, volunteer led to municipally created and maintained, the sites are diverse and distinctive. Please check out these examples of sustainable, regenerative and ecological land care that we hope will offer inspiration and empowerment for everyone embracing and promoting land care practices.

  • 05 Jul 2021 7:39 AM | Anonymous

    We are excited to announce the launch of a Greener Greenspaces, a new recognition program promoting ecological approaches to urban land care.

    Greener Greenspaces encourages landscapers, groundskeepers and horticulturalists in cities and towns across Canada to care for publicly accessible greenspaces in ways that promote ecological health, resilience and biodiversity.

    We are living in a climate emergency and a biodiversity crisis. How we alter, create and care for greenspace matters. Healthier and biodiverse landscapes support climate adaptation and mitigation and provide enormous ecological services. 

    The program recognizes site-specific greenspaces, such as parks, school grounds, campuses, institutional grounds, community gardens and other spaces that demonstrate they are cared for in ways that:

    • increase biodiversity and support plant health

    • improve soil health and protect air and water quality

    • take steps to minimize waste and energy consumption

    • actively avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides

    The 2021 program is now open for submissions and we will be accepting applications until October 15th. 

    The program details and application form are now online at organiclandcare.ca

    If there is a greenspace that you would like to nominate, or someone in your community that you would like to put us in touch with, please do. The email for this program is greenspace@organiclandcare.ca



  • 21 Jun 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    On National Indigenous Peoples Day, I always reflect on the reality that, in doing the work we do, we are working with land.

    The historical, social and legal status of that land is complicated and, in many cases, troubling.

    I live and work in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on unceded Algonquin lands. My livelihood is directly, physically tied to stolen land. In many other places in this country, we work with lands covered by treaties that have not been honored.

    This map is a great starting point for finding the territories, languages and treaties of the places we live and work.

    It can sometimes feel like there isn’t much for us, as individuals, to do with this reality.

    As challenging as getting started can be, there are growing calls for learning more about the history and present of the places we live and the diversity of people and cultures that have the deepest roots in these places.

    There is a lot of critical work that needs to be done to create ecosystem health in urban spaces. This is important, healing work that needs to be completed in partnership with soils, plants and micro and macro-organisms.  We know that taking time to get to know the life we are working with is critical to practicing care-centered work with land. What many of are still in the process of learning about is the cultural and social ecosystem that we are working with.

    The SOUL series on The Role of Horticulture in Cultivating Social and Land Equity explored a range of experiences and voices on land relationship, directly relating to landscaping and horticulture. The sessions were recorded and are available for viewing on the SOUL website.

    In Urban Green Space and Land Access Isaac Crosby shared stories about his work and experiences in horticulture as a Black and Indigenous person and about his projects and plans relating to the Indigenous gardens he has been creating at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto. If you don't have time to watch the entire series right now, this would be a good session to check out in honour of Indigenous Peoples day.

    By taking the time to learn about the historical and present human relationships and experiences with the land and the spaces we work with and in, our work can also help to heal human and cultural ecosystems.

    Happy Solstice Everyone,


    Sundaura Alford-Purvis

    Executive Director

    The Canadian Society for Organic Urban Land Care



  • 21 Mar 2021 8:20 AM | Anonymous

    Since 2005, Sunnybrook’s groundskeeping team, led by Head Groundskeeper Rohan Harrison, has worked to optimize the ecological health of the grounds. This has resulted in the adoption of 100% organic land care practices to build soil health, which in turn contributes to plant and tree health. As described by Mr. Harrison, “like in humans, proper nutrition (soil management) is the foundation to create and maintain a healthy, environmentally-friendly and sustainable landscape – that heals!”

    We are pleased to be able to share with you this Case Study of the Use of Organic Land Care Practices at a Health Care Campus.


  • 21 Dec 2020 8:26 AM | Anonymous

    We’ve been working on adding expanded member profiles to the SOUL website. Please check out the stories of your land care peers and some of what they have been working on. 

    I was particularly taken with some of the work that Cate Henderson is doing for the Kenhteke Seed Sanctuary and Learning Centre, which is centred around the Rematriation of an heirloom seed collection to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory-a Haudenosaunee community near Prince Edward County.

    Read more here...


  • 16 Oct 2018 12:30 PM | Anonymous
    The 2018 SOUL AGM is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 at 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern time.

    Are you passionate about organic land care? Have ideas that can help SOUL grow nationally? Want to be a part of the future of organic land care? Join the Board of Directors! We are looking for passionate people to join the 2018-19 SOUL Board to help us navigate the major change of becoming a federal organization. 

    To nominate someone (or yourself), please submit your name and contact info to adminATorganiclandcare.ca by midnight PST Sunday, October 21, 2018.

  • 12 Sep 2018 7:03 PM | Anonymous

    This week we are joining Canada’s organic industry in celebrating Organic Week - a celebration of organic food, farming, and products. For over a decade now, Canadian Organic Growers (COG) and Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) have drawn attention to all the wonderful aspects of organic Canada has to offer.

    There are many ways to celebrate Organic Week from recipe challenges to BBQs with organic food to offering a composting workshop. One of our favourite ideas is opening up your organic garden to your neighbours and showing them just how vibrant and healthy it is with it’s lack of synthetic fertilizers and chemical inputs. Our other favourite way to celebrate is to talk about organic, and not just food or farming but organic land care as well. With our Organic Land Care for Your Community guide, it’s easy to start the discussion about organic land care with your neighbours, municipal council and gardening friends. Or, you can always talk about the weather - dry spells or periods of heavy rain - and how gardens maintained organically are more resilient to these events.

    Whatever you do, take time this week to let people know that you support the Canadian organic industry and let’s get people excited about all aspects of organic food and land care, including the microbes keeping the soil healthy and the care taken to plan for the future.

    We are all stewards of the land, whether it be as a certified organic grain farmer or a SOUL accredited or certified professional, we have a duty to the earth and future generations.

  • 20 Aug 2018 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    If you enjoy having a weed infested garden, then mulching is not for you. Mulching is not only good for your yard and aesthetically pleasing, but it is also good for your lawn's soil and the plants you have living within your garden. Mulch can be made from anything organic - meaning that all the materials you need are readily available and can be collected from all around. You can start by collecting leaves in the fall. Regardless of the other organic materials you are planning on using, leaves will definitely make for a strong base for your mulch, add essential nutrients to the soil and protect the new plants from weeds. 

    Mulch prevents weeds from proliferating in your yard by forming an artificial barrier between your soil and their space above it, landscapers far and wide should be familiar with its benefits. These benefits include a unique ability to maintain soil temperatures and conserve water, while stifling weed growth and promoting garden health. 

    These abilities allow mulch to control the level of moisture present in the soil and stop water from evaporating from the soil, moderating the temperature of the soil and making it easier for plant roots to stay cool. 

    There is no standard mulch, however, so it's all about taking into consideration the number of factors at play in your yard when it comes time to choose what to include in the mulch for your lawn and how much to use for a given area.

    Check out this infographic for reasons why you should use homemade mulch on your garden and lawn. 

    ~Submitted by Timberland Tree Care

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