Edging Towards Diversity.
Edge: verb. 1. Provide with a border or edge. 2. move gradually, carefully, or furtively in a particular direction.
Edge Effect: In ecology, the tendency for increased variety and diversity at community junctions.
Situated at the edge of the city, we have been gradually building up the soil on marginal land to grow an abundance of food for our rural/urban community. Our tiny, yet ambitious farm now produces over 40 varieties of vegetables, herbs, berries, flowers and vegetable starts, as well as habitat for birds, bees and countless other living organisms. We continue to learn as we go about how best to nurture the land, capture carbon as we build up the soil, and create a healthy agro-ecosystem that can be resiliant in the face of so many challenges to come.
Sol Kinnis, Founder, Farmer
My journey to farming started in the city, with a passion (or obsession?) for turning monoculture lawns into thriving food gardens. I’ve been growing food since I first entered adulthood, growing in my own backyard wherever I was living or participating in urban gardening projects. I made it a career when I co-founded an urban farming co-op, growing in other people’s backyards for restaurants and farmer’s markets.
What I love most about growing food is that it is an endless opportunity for learning and experimentation, not only about how to grow healthy food, but how to restore and nurture healthy soil.
After 25 years, I feel like I’m just beginning to understand the complexities of working with soil and the cycles of life.
Marlene Simmons, Flower Sales & Design
People say that what you would do for free, that is your true life purpose. Starting gardens on abandoned city land, growing in the city, that was always something I did for free. My passion for cultivation is a conversation between myself and the land, serving what it asks for and needs to express as it's full potential. I shifted from food to flowers mainly when I acquired my first home and it had a very shady garden - which became a whole new passion of mine. Flowers got a hold of me and that was that. Flower farming allows me to share the intense beauty that is possible and arises from an ongoing engagement with the earth and the incredible diversity of what can be expressed. Today I balance cultivation and restoration - which is a great mix for what is already being done at City's Edge Farm!