Phillip Collins, BLA, OALA
Co-Owner, Educator, Landscape Architect, Farm Manager
Phil is the lead Landscape Architect and Farm Manager at Foggy River Farm. He holds a bachelor of landscape architecture from The University of Guelph, and is a fully licensed member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects. He co-founded Fresh City Farms in Toronto, which is Canada's largest urban commercial farm.
Phil has re-imagined landscape architecture, and uses it as a tool to transform properties - from small backyards to large acreage lots - to be healthy, food producing ecosystems, incorporating his knowledge of horticulture and organic agriculture into each design. He believes a connection to the natural world is of utmost importance to our survival as a species and that today’s youth need help connecting to nature and all it has to offer them as an educator. Phil taught in the Food & Farming program at Durham College and speaks regularly to community groups to inspire more people to grow their own food while respecting their land.
Phil is the Co-Chair of the Crossland Environmental Foundation.
Kate Collins (nee Minden-Webb), BBA
Kate is the Co-Owner of Foggy River Farm. She holds a Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. As a marketing and business development specialist, she has a diverse background working with non-profit’s, start-ups, and large corporations and has crafted a mixture of entrepreneurial spirit and practicality which she applies to the farm. She is involved in local social & economic development projects to help spread entrepreneurial thinking in rural communities.
Emma Brandy, BSc, MSc
Outdoor Educator, Permaculture Designer
Emma holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University as well as a Masters of Science in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh. When traveling in Scotland after her Masters she took an Ecovillage Training program at the Findhorn Foundation and acquired her Permaculture Design Certificate. After this exploration, Emma returned home to Ontario and has since pursued ways of finding a deeper connection to the land and sharing her knowledge with others. Her advocacy of a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle has spanned many avenues in her life. She has worked with vulnerable youth as a staff member at Trails Youth Initiative, and also co-founded a Community Supported Agriculture program for her family and friends which is now in its 3rd year of operation. In 2015 she joined the Foggy River Farm team, bringing her wealth of outdoor leadership experience. She skillfully integrates agriculture and permaculture into our client’s educational projects. Not to mention her ability to whip up a delicious meal incorporating seasonal, nutritious ingredients.
Emma sits on the Board for the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (COEO).
Cody & DJ Shadow Jim
Cody and Jimmy are the dynamic farm duo responsible for coyote and mouse patrol.