Society for
Organic Urban
Land Care

Upcoming events

    • 05 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 30 Apr 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Online

    An online discussion and learning series on the role of land care, horticulture and landscaping in cultivating social and land equity.

    Our initial outline of topics includes:

    October: 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

    November: Urban green space/land access for Indigenous and racialized peoples and across socioeconomic spectrums

    January: Food access and sovereignty in the urban landscape

    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 any actions or policies  to adopt as we go forward.

    Since the topics that will be explored are broad and complex, they can take time to process and integrate. With this in mind the series will take place over several months, in paired sessions. Each will include a learning session with a guest speaker and/or a specific topic, followed a week or two later by a roundtable discussion session (or sessions, if attendance levels are high enough) for participants to share questions, thoughts and ideas on that topic.

    We are currently surveying members to determine the best days of the week and times of day to host sessions. You can add your responses here.

    Registration links will be added to this page as soon as days and times are confirmed following the closing of the survey in mid September.

    Participation in this series if free for SOUL members (Annual public membership is $50) and pay-what-you-can for non-members, with a suggested contirbution of $10 per session pair if your budget permits.

    To receive email updates on this series, please complete the registration form and we'll add you to the email list. A seperate registration will be set up for the individual events and we will invite everyone to sign up once dates are finalized.

    Please help us spread the word about this series by sharing it with your contacts and horticultural network.

    • 08 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 22 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 55

    The first learning session in the SOUL Equity series, this one will be led by Sundaura Alford-Purvis, landscape designer and executive director at the Society for Organic Urban Land Care

    This learning session will be an introductory presentation to provide the background and context for the series and an overview of the topics we’ll be exploring over the next few months. We’ll also explore how, as gardeners, horticulturalists, designers and landscapers, we can take real, day-to-day, grass-roots actions that will help undermine inequities and cultivate stronger, more inclusive and more vibrant urban communities.

    Our gifts are also our responsibility. We have the most influence and capacity to enact change in our personal sphere of work and expertise.

    The related discussion session will be at the same time, two weeks after Sundaura's presentation.

    • 05 Nov 2020
    • (EST)
    • 19 Nov 2020
    • (EST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 85

    The second learning session in the SOUL Equity series, this one will be led by Isaac Crosby, Lead Hand in urban agriculture at the Evergreen Brick Works,

    Isaac is actively working to decolonize the landscape at Evergreen and, through the establishment of traditional food and medicine gardens and youth focussed programing, to reestablish the relationship between local Indigenous communities and the plant and land based ecosystems that have existed in the area for millennia.

    You can find more about Isaac's work here:

    De-colonizing: Indigenization at Evergreen

    Isaac Crosby and the gardens at Evergreen Brickworks

    Walking through the Indigenous Urban Agriculture Garden

    The related discussion session will be at the same time, two weeks after Isaac's presentation.

    • 07 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • 21 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 94

    The third learning session in the SOUL Equity series, this one will be led by Cheyenne Sundance of Sundance Harvest.

    "Sundance Harvest is a food justice centered, year-round, urban farm located in Toronto, Ontario. Sundance Harvest strives to provide resources, knowledge and guidance to start your own food and land sovereignty movements, create your own urban farming practice and to eradicate institutionalized racism within the food system."

    Read more about Cheyenne's work 

    Follow her on Facebook 

    The related discussion session will be at the same time, two weeks after Cheyenne's presentation.

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