In her talk, she will weave together issues of climate, food security, social equity, resilience, and quality of life.
Sundaura Alford-Purvis has been working in the horticultural industry since 1998 and was an avid gardener for over a decade before that. She has worked for the last 15+ years as a landscape designer and has taught sustainable landscape design through Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario.
She is now preparing to launch a hands-on course on cultivating healthy land relationships through A Cultivated Art Inc., while continuing to work part time as the executive director for the Canadian Society for Organic Urban Land Care.
Her particular focus these days is on the role that horticulture, an industry that is effectively the gatekeeper of the vast majority of urban green spaces, can play in restoring healthy, equitable relationships between humans and the rest of nature, especially in urban environments.