Robert Orland, President of Backyard Bounty, will be delivering the presentation “Backyard Bounty: Transforming Urban Lawns into Local Food Havens” August 25, 2014, 10:15-11:45am, as part of the Grey to Green Conference in Toronto. Backyard Bounty is Ontario’s premier urban farming social enterprise that converts urban lawn into organic vegetable gardens that feed the community.

Urban agriculture connects city-dwellers to food production and encourages conversations surrounding sustainable production models in rural settings. Backyard Bounty is Ontario’s premier urban farming social enterprise that converts urban lawn into organic vegetable gardens that feed the community. The program has been serving nutritious, local, organic vegetables to the citizens of Guelph since 2009. Transitioning unproductive lawn into workable land encourages sustainable land use and food security in a landscape where farmland is being rapidly lost to development. Supported by sponsorship from corporations, Backyard Bounty partners with developers and non-profit food distributors such as the Guelph Food Bank to create a unique multi-partner collaborative agriculture model that helps the community get ‘up close and personal’ with the growth of their food. Learn about the successes and challenges to implementing such a unique program and ways to create similar positive change in your community.

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Robert-August-2014-225x150pxRobert Orland

Robert founded Orland Conservation in 2003 as a social enterprise that offers a range of services in land conservation, sustainability planning and environmental communications to municipalities, conservation authorities and land trusts. Acquiring over 25 years of experience in land conservation, Robert began his career as an environmental planner with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and worked in a variety of positions before specializing in land securement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. In 2008, Robert formed Backyard Bounty, an urban farming organization that promotes community-based sustainable urban gardening and organic food production in partnership with local residents and business owners in Guelph. A skilled strategist, public speaker and accomplished entrepreneur, Robert has delivered presentations and workshops as an expert on land securement across southern Ontario and abroad. Working in partnership with municipalities and government agencies for many years, Robert has facilitated and advised on the protection and creative stewardship of nearly 10,000 acres of environmentally significant natural heritage lands and parks in Ontario’s urban and rural communities. Robert is committed to making a sound contribution to the land conservation and sustainability movement in Canada.