“Mom I’m hungry!!” How many times a day do we get that one? I’m a Dad and am regularly left scratching my head trying to come up with a productive answer to that question or a creative food choice to offer. 

However, this time of year provides me with the best and most satisfying answer I’ve found. “Go outside and pick something! There’s raspberries, blueberries, carrots, apples and help yourself to anything else that looks ready”. 

As a former athlete and father I know the importance of good nutrition and how it can affect the body and mind. Being able to feed my kids food that we’ve planted and watched grow, in an environment that we control and care for has to be one of the most gratifying things I do on a regular basis. I know with confidence that nothing strange has been added to the soil or sprayed on the plants and my children have had the opportunity to see where their food comes from. So many valuable lessons are learn’t in the garden for everyone involved. Patience, nurturing, loss and seasonality are all key elements to a thriving garden. Seeing butterfly’s, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators at work dancing around your garden gives real meaning to the importance of a healthy ecosystem. 

At Foodscape we try to create spaces that integrate all the wonderful parts of nature in a functional and holistic way. Why not pick some fresh grapes on your patio while they provide dappled shade for you overhead in summer? Need fresh salad for dinner but forgot to buy some? Why not step outside your kitchen and pick a bowl full of fresh greens and edible flowers to enjoy. 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the thought of maintaining a bountiful garden and all the things involved with it. But rest assured there is hope. Through permaculture, a designed based system utilized to maximize output and minimize input, it’s possible to have a productive garden with minimal effort. I personally love to fill the bulk of my garden with perennial food producing plants like fruit trees, grape/kiwi vines, herbs, asparagus, raspberries, strawberries and only allocate a relatively small portion for annuals veggies. Life gets busy and it’s not always easy to tend to things but with a garden designed specifically to your demands it isn’t hard to incorporate food into the landscape. Also as my kids get older they’re becoming more capable of planting seeds and harvesting the bounty of the garden which is really great to see. 

My hope with Foodscape is to not only create a connection for people to their food and environment but to also inspire the next generation to grow their own food and be connected to the land through their food choices. There is something deeply fulfilling and innate about growing something and sharing it with your children and loved ones that I hope to impart with anyone willing to try. No matter the scale it is a worthwhile journey to embark on. 

Levon Kendall

Co-founder and CEO of Foodscape, Levon is an East Vancouverite with a long standing passion for the environment. A former athlete turned certified permaculture designer who has now embarked on a mission to nourish, rebuild, and transform the current food scape in his hometown and beyond.

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