In a time where it has become very dangerous to trust the food industry, growing some of what you eat is green gold. This small urban family decided to transform their backyard and quality of life with a little help from Biophilia ;)
Small urban families often struggle to afford good food.
For any city dwelling family, it can be a challenge to figure out how to live a healthier lifestyle whilst bringing down their costs of living. Canadians spend an average of around $200 a month per person on food bought in stores, according to Global News' analysis of Statistics Canada data. Therefor groceries account for a big part of expenses and organic foods are even harder to fit in the budget. Celeste and Edouard, were looking for solutions and came to us, curiosity to know how permaculture could be of help.
As with any project, it starts with a preliminary conversation about: lifestyle habits, needs, goals and means. For Celeste and Edouard, the main concern was to food because they love to cook. They have a backyard but had not seriously considered an edible garden because of the shady conditions, limited gardening space, pesky squirrels and the family dog named Pixelle. However, with a bit of adjusting we felt there was a lot of potential for them to grow some of their own fresh food. After a few more discussions on what they would be interested in growing, it was time to start our observations of the backyard.
Observation is key!
The most important step in designing any permaculture space is observation. In the case of a garden project, from figuring out what is already growing, soil type, what kind of wildlife frequents that space, the sun's trajectories, temperature gradients across the yard, how often the space is used...these are all critical details to take into consideration. After compiling our own observations, we asked Celeste to confirm them by circle in turquoise the areas with the longest sun exposure in the summer season.