Hey Neighbour…what’s growing on?
Dr.Clinton Beckford and his garden behind the Ecohouse
As the Wildflower group has been working away in the garden the last few weeks over at the Ecohouse, so have our neighbours! Dr. Clinton Beckford, Associate Dean of the Faculy of Education, has started a vegetable garden in the backyard of the Ecohouse. We met up with him recently to get the scoop on what’s growing on. Dr. Beckford told us that he started the organic vegetable garden in hopes of other faculty of education members wanting to join in and help. His hopes and plans for the future of the garden involve creating a garden where children can learn and help with the process of where our food comes from. The maintenance of his garden involves using compost and natural manure and individual watering of the plants with the intention of conserving water. The vegetables they are growing include tomatoes, zucchinis, eggplant, cucumber, a variety of sweet peppers and eventually spices and condiments. Dr. Beckford’s research area is in sustainable tropical food systems and security, so he is no stranger to the garden. He has worked with farmers in Jamaica and comes from a family of cultivators. It is so exciting to see the Windsor community getting green and healthy, especially when it is right in our own backyard!
Urban Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges
Landscape Architecture specialist Karen Landman will present “Urban Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges” to the public at 7pm on Thursday March 18 at the University of Windsor.
Ms. Landman will address the opportunities and challenges of sustainable living through urban food production while discussing urban agriculture, land stewardship, food systems and urban ‘greening’ projects in other communities.
A professor in Landscape Architecture at the School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph has a background in landscape architecture, planning and development, and cultural geography. Landman has had a design practice for over 20 years, specializing in planting design. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Ontario Agriculture College Distinguished Professor Award. Her current research interests include green infrastructure, urban agriculture, local food systems, urban to rural linkages, community landscape-stewardship planning, and especially the linkages between design and planning.
- Thursday March 18th
- 7- 9pm
- Room 115
- School of Visual Arts, LeBel Building
- University Of Windsor
(South West Corner of Huron Church Road and College Ave.)
All students and community members are encouraged to attend this event to gain valuable insight into establishing Urban Agricultural Projects for our West Windsor community.
This event is hosted by University of Windsor, Green Corridor in support of the Campus Community Garden Project.