Backyard Bounty provides food bank with donations of fresh, seasonal produce | December 18, 2014
Any mention of food banks generally conjures up images of canned soup and other non-perishable items. But this stereotype is precisely the image that a new non-profit initiative called Backyard Bounty wants to change.

Collaboration Works – Backyard Bounty, The Guelph Food Bank, Terra View Homes & (Insert Your Business Here!) Help Feed Those in Need

Guelph Sustainable Solutions Group | March 12, 2014
Today’s post focuses on another phenomenal local cross-sectoral community collaboration – one in which local social enterprise Backyard Bounty, local non-profit the Guelph Food Bank, and local green builder Terra View Homes have put in place a partnership that, with just one more engaged partner that finds corporate social responsibility an important part of corporate identity, will produce and feed fresh organic produce to thirty people in need this season!

Partnership supplies fresh produce to needy

Guelph Mercury | June 18, 2013
GUELPH — A bountiful anonymous donation has partnered the urban agricultural organization Backyard Bounty with the Guelph Food Bank, helping to meet a pressing need for fresh vegetables among the needy.

Organic farm hits pay dirt

Guelph Tribune | August 7, 2012
Good food grows in Ontario, and more specifically, in Guelph. This is the second summer of the Peri-Urban Farm – a project put together by three organizations to grow local, organic food in Guelph. A Guelph urban farming business called Backyard Bounty, Toronto’s Future Watch and the Salvation Army are all involved with managing the farm.

Backyard Bounty business – 41 city properties growing food for Guelph

City Farmer News | 2010
Backyard Bounty is a unique community-based agriculture project. We cooperate with participating community members to convert their yard space into productive vegetable gardens. We currently have over 40 lawns being cultivated throughout Guelph!

Backyard Bounty: Guelph’s Urban Agriculture Project

International Journal of Healing and Caring | 2010
Backyard Bounty is a unique community-based agricultural project that began in the spring of 2008 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.  Our small business is partnering with community members to use their yard space and convert them into productive vegetable gardens.

A bumper crop of Guelph farmers markets emerging

The Guelph Mercury | September 16, 2010
Eating locally grown food in Guelph has never been so easy — nor has shopping for such fare.  Gone are the days when the only farmers’ market in town was the Guelph Farmers’ Market. Several such operations now complement the downtown Saturday-morning Guelph institution.

Backyard Bounty: an urban agricultural enterprise

The Examiner | March 25, 2010
The Urban Agricultural movement is developing across Canada. To get a closer look at one the enterprise involved in this industry I interviewed Robert Orland, the founder of Backyard Bounty.

Guelph Urban Agricultural Symposium

Home Grown Harvest | 2009
On November 20th 2009 Backyard Bounty and the University of Guelph will be hosting the first symposium on urban agriculture in Guelph. Opportunities for Action: An Urban Agriculture Symposium has arisen out of a need to bring together and build the capacity of the Urban Agriculture movement.

New Guelph business to turn backyards into organic farms

The Ontarion | March 19, 2009
This spring, a local Guelph organization, Backyard Bounty, will be converting landowners’ yards into organic “micro-farms.”  The organization consists of a team of gardeners who, upon being hired by landowners with fertile land, create a “thriving, organic, highly productive, sustainable micro-farm.” The landowners receive their share of the produce, while the rest is sold to local markets, grocers and restaurants. The initiative is in part meant to increase awareness about sustainable food and gardening practices.  Fostering economic, environmental, and socially sound farming practices is at the core of Backyard Bounty’s existence.

Program creates bounty of food

Guelph Mercury | March 18, 2009
Ian Mason and his wife, Leslie Rye, created their own small garden several years ago, planting cantaloupes, squash, beans and peas.  But they wanted to turn it into a larger garden. “We aren’t super at it,” Mason said of gardening. “We just plug away at it.”  So when Mason heard about Backyard Bounty, a program designed to reduce fossil fuel use, offer healthy locally grown produce and reduce waste, he wanted to take part.  The program seeks volunteers who will offer up green space to be converted to productive vegetable gardens.  Project coordinator Shannon Lee Stirling said in return, homeowners receive about five to 10 per cent of the food and are alleviated from yard work.

Backyard Bounty Launch – March 22: Using Backyards As Mini-Farms

Royal City Rag | March 17, 2009
This is a fabulous idea. Guelph is the perfect community to initiate this urban farming model….“Not everybody wants to mow grass.” says Project Co-ordinator, Shannon Lee Stirling. “We are offering a better alternative so homeowners can relax while we grow chemical-free food for the community.”

Local is better when it comes to food farming

Guelph Mercury | February 24, 2009
The practice of SPIN (small plot intensive farming) is becoming more popular across North America, as the demand for locally grown, organic food increases. Backyard Bounty, a new Guelph company, plans to bring the concept here, and will sow vegetable crops this spring on a number of under-used garden plots and converted lawns in the city….”We have a number of restaurants and chefs who are really interested in the idea,” Stirling said. “Local has become such a big issue. We have people going out to restaurants who want to know where their food is coming from. They want local for so many reasons.”