Toronto may soon be home to a chain of DIY backyard bee hotels and a natural forest in a downtown alleyway. Those were the winning designs selected in the first Homegrown Design Challenge, launched this spring by Workshop Architecture and the David Suzuki Foundation. The two winning designs and eight invited submissions were shown at the Project Wild Thing event at Fort York?, on July 9, and are on exhibition at Urbanspace Gallery from July 10 to Aug. The hope is that these design ideas will inspire homeowners and property managers to re-imagine what’s possible for their balconies, yards and neighbourhoods. In the meantime, the David Suzuki Foundation is working on pursuing permissions and funding to realize a few of the ideas in the exhibition as demonstration projects within the Homegrown National Park.
At the exhibition, viewers will be able to see the additional eight submissions that were not selected as winners but still demonstrate innovative ideas for easy-to-implement green design solutions. For viewers that live in condominiums and don’t have a yard of their own, TIC TAC FLO, by archiText, proposed a modular water, shade and garden system that allows for balcony and roof-top gardens on buildings that in turn create a potable water source for the building.
Another proposal took an entirely different focus and developed an idea to improve the schoolyard at Ossington Old Orchard Public School into a positive outdoor learning experience.


The school is located on the Garrison Creek Watershed and is part of the green network of the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood; however, the schoolyard currently consists of crumbling asphalt and dangerous slopes. The proposal, rePLAY, by Elise Shelley Landscape Architect, is a playground renovation that would involve a natural playground area, garden spaces that foster habitat and integrate storm water management, a hillside slide and a climbing structure made from locally sourced tree logs. The exhibition may inspire you to develop a green project for your home, garden or local park. David Suzuki is the host of the CBC’s The Nature of Things and author of more than 30 books on ecology. Lucas Brower Indie Dad Jesse Kamm HOme Micro Farms - Wanna eat well, do the right thing for the environment and support a local small business, well you can do all that with Grow Micro Farms. Low FODMAP leftovers, quickly nuked in the microwave, are perennially popular but it’s always useful to have something ready that can be thrown in a lunchbox with some free-from crackers and salad.
I baked the aubergine (eggplant, melanzane, any more names?!) whilst I was already making some roasted vegetables. Wash the aubergine (eggplant), lay a piece of foil out large enough to completely wrap it in.


Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15mins (unless you have given up on ever having nice hands and can take the burning).
Using your trusty hand blender whizz everything together, check the seasoning – ta dah! It needs very little attention and was happy to sit in the bottom of the oven while the other dishes took all the glory.
I always used to try & catch all the juices then wonder how to make it less bitter and a bit more stable. Lightly squeeze the aubergine flesh (with the foil to catch the juices) as sometimes the juices can be bitter.



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