Durham Catholic District School Board

The Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) and Foggy River Farm have been working together to co-create outdoor learning environments with students at several schools. Working from an experiential outdoor education approach, the team at Foggy River plays, designs and builds with students, all the while peaking curiosity so that students become the stewards of their own schoolyards.

Education Intentions

  • To distil student connection to the landscape through direct experience, hands-on projects, observation and exploration
  • To help students understand their role in their local ecosystem, which includes their classroom, their entire school, the schoolyard and the larger landscape
  • To foster a deep sense of stewardship through helping students design and build outdoor environments where they can explore their curiosity
  • To encourage self-awareness through the sharing of this curiosity and land-based action with others

Project Features

  • Small food forest/perennial gardens
  • Annual vegetable gardens
  • Cultural/spiritual gardens specific to each school
  • Student-led design processes, reflected through storytelling and maps, graphics and anecdotes
  • Constructed areas completed with mainly raw and local materials, where possible

FRF Role

  • Custom creation and development of student workshops
  • Creation of content for curriculum-based learning
  • Project Management (tracking budgets, material sourcing and sharing this process with the students)
  • Direct facilitation of workshops with the students
  • Responsible for the physical safety of the students during the construction phases
  • Lead the creation of safe and functional designs

The Second Wedge Brewing Co.

After a few too many beers one night, co-founders Rob and Joanne from The Second Wedge hired Foggy River to design and install a beer garden, converting an old gravel parking lot into an accessible and welcoming outdoor oasis.

Location: Uxbridge, Ontario

Design Intentions

  • Represent the culture of Second Wedge by utilizing local artists, contractors and materials
  • Create comfortable social gathering opportunities for groups up to 25
  • Design planting solutions that support brewery activities and functions
  • Be accessible and create privacy from adjacent road

Project Features

  • Raised planters using all reclaimed and re-purposed materials
  • Woodworking by Jeff Baker Woodworks
  • Hardscaping by Valleyview Landscapes
  • A living wall, with cedar post and cable trellising for beans, grapes and kiwis
  • A naturalized cedar hedge showcasing various berries, herbs and hops

FRF Role

  • Concept design facilitation
  • Project management for design & build (budgets, material sourcing, integrating contractors and artists, scheduling)
  • Testing beer, frequently

Foggy River Farm North

Foggy River Farm North, is a homestead, experimental permaculture farm, and design studio located on 12 acres of land in Sunderland, Ontario.

Location: Sunderland, ON

Design Intentions

  • To be a flexible space that can support a family home, design studio, workshop venue, and permaculture farm.
  • To create a financially sound model for perennial crops on small acreage

Project Features

  • Ecosystem remediation using experimental methods of hugelkultur style planting and polyculture design with medicinal and nutrient dense crops
  • Restorative woodlot management
  • Forest mushroom production

FRF Design Role

  • Site Analysis and Goals Articulation
  • Concept Development
  • Zoning and Phasing
  • Planting Plan
  • Landscape Amenity Details
  • Project Management and Construction

Tycoed Restorative Farm & Family Ecovillage

Located in Uxbridge, the Tycoed project has been a great source of inspiration and delight for the Foggy River Farm Design team. This 17 acre property has forests, ponds and creeks, diverse plant and animal life and amazing views to the north and the Lake Simcoe Watershed. The space is shared between three families living in “recycled” log homes from the 1840’s. Foggy River Farm Design has worked with the Tycoed family to undertake a multi-phase restorative farm project. 

The master plan of this property now includes both annual and perennial vegetable garden spaces, a large terraced hillside orchard, a small apiary and accompanying pollinator garden, mushroom production, woodlot management and successional strategies, and a greenhouse and yoga studio.

Location: Uxbridge, ON

Design Goals & Intentions

  • Create a beautiful landscape
  • Create a master plan for the 17 acre property
  • Become a teaching space to showcase the broader concepts of ecovillage and intentional community living, inspiring others to take action
  • Create a sustainable business model

Project Features:

  • Annual and perennial vegetable gardens
  • 3-acre terraced hugelkultur hillside polyculture orchard
  • Mushroom production
  • Small apiary with accompanying pollinator garden
  • Woodlot management and successional planning
  • Freshwater pond to accomodateskating and stand up paddleboarding

FRF Design Role:

  • Site Analysis and Goals Articulation
  • Concept Development
  • Zoning and Phasing
  • Planting Plan
  • Landscape Amenity Details
  • Project Management and Construction

Community Farm & Garden

The Nourish and Develop Foundation ‘TNDF’ brought in Foggy River to enhance the scope of the Maple Tree Community Garden through the development of a small ‘mother orchard’. This small collection of 75 fruit trees and berry shrubs will be used to propagate thousands of new plants, eventually transforming this 5 acre community farm into an edible oasis over the years to come.

Location: Cannington, Ontario
 

Design Intention

  • Design a small for the community farm that will serve as a foundation for future propagation and expansion

Features

  • A unique collection of 75 cold-hardy, disease resistant trees and shrubs

FRF Design Role

  • Site Observations and Analysis
  • Mother Orchard Planting Plan
  • Community engagement and empowerment 

Urban Edible Ecosystem

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This small urban backyard in North York, Toronto, will soon be a lush temperate jungle of edible plants. The client approached FRF with a vision of turning her backyard into a productive space that she could enjoy with her family. She is now surrounded by over 100 edible shrubs, trees and vines and has since opened a dessert catering company, Desserts Studio, which will soon be able to serve delicious treats made from the fruit grown right in her backyard. 

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Design Intentions

  • Create an entirely edible urban ecosystem
  • Create opportunities for youth to experience and learn about plants
  • Create opportunities to propagate additional plants in the future
  • Create a beautiful space for leisure and relaxation

Features

  • Herb Spiral
  • Dwarf Food Forest Ecosystem
  • Annual Vegetable Garden
  • Clover pathways
  • Stone Seat Benches with overhead Pergolas for vines
  • Permeable Patio (maximum water infiltration)
  • Rainwater collected and filtered through garden or store

FRF Design Role

  • Site Analysis and Goals Articulation
  • Concept Development
  • Planting Plan
  • Landscape Amenity Details
  • Project Management and Construction
  • Ongoing Suppor

 

Uxbridge Rural Homestead

Inspired by a workshop on Orchard Design with Foggy River Farm, FRF Design assisted this young family in creating an edible landscape to surround their rural homestead. Installed in 2014, this property is bound to look and taste incredible in years to come as the plants and family mature together.

Location: Uxbridge, Ontario

Design Intentions:

  • Plant a diversity of fruit and nut trees

  • Design areas for smaller shrubs and vegetable gardens closer to the home

Features:

  • Orchard inspired landscaping

  • Nut tree lined driveway

FRF Design Role:

  • Site observations and analysis

  • Concept plan

  • Planting plan

  • Garden bed and soil preparation

  • Sourcing and installation of plants

 

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