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Ground 59

President's Message
Editorial Board Message
Policy: Tree strategy
Public Realm: Sustainable sidewalks
Round Table: Urban spaces that feed us
Food Deserts: Promoting equitable access to food through policy and design
Food in Space!: Q&A with Mike Dixon
Book Corner: Bring back the bees
Grounding: Food is medicine
Notes: A miscellany of news and events
Artifact: No-dig, ya dig?



Glyn Bowerman

Photo Editor

Jasper Flores

OALA Editorial Board

Saira Abdulrehman
Chris Canning 

Tracy Cook
Everett DeJong 

Eric Gordon
Mark Hillmer
Helene Iardas
Eric Klaver
Sarah Manteuffel
Nadja Pausch (Chair)
Dalia Todary-Michael

Web Editor

Jennifer Foden

Social Media Manager

Jennifer Foden

Art Direction/Design

Noël Nanton/typotherapy

Advertising Inquiries

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Steve Barnhart

Vice President

Stefan Fediuk


Cameron Smith


Justin Whalen

Past President

Jane Welsh


Matthew Campbell
Aaron Hirota
Shawn Watters

Associate Councillor—Senior

Jenny Trinh

Associate Councillor—Junior

Layal Bitar

Lay Councillor

Karen Liu

Appointed Educator University of Guelph

Nadia Amoroso

Appointed Educator University of Toronto

Elise Shelley

University of Guelph Student Representative

Allison Neuhauser

University of Toronto Student Representative

Emiley Switzer-Martell

OALA Staff

Executive Director 

Aina Budrevics 


Ingrid Little


Sherry Bagnato

Membership Services

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About Ground

Ground: Landscape Architect Quarterly
is published by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas and information related to the profession of landscape architecture. Letters to the editor, article proposals, and feedback are encouraged. For submission guidelines, contact Ground at [email protected]. Ground reserves the right to edit all submissions. The views expressed in the magazine are those of the writers and not necessarily the views of the OALA and its Governing Council.

Upcoming Issues of Ground
60 (Winter) Neighbours
61 (Spring) Stayin’ Alive

Deadline for advertising space reservations: January, 2023

About the OALA

The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects works to promote and advance the profession of landscape architecture and maintain standards of professional practice consistent with the public interest. The OALA promotes public understanding of the profession and the advancement of the practice of landscape architecture. In support 
of the improvement and/or conservation of the natural, cultural, social and built environments, the OALA undertakes activities including promotion to governments, professionals and developers of the standards and benefits of landscape architecture.

Advisory Panel
Advisory Panel Message and a Call to All for Contributions

In an effort to streamline the editorial process for Ground, and after much deliberation, the Editorial Board has decided to dissolve the Advisory Panel. 

Ground would like to express heartfelt thanks to Panel members, past and present, for their contributions to over 50 issues of the magazine.

This was a difficult decision, but one we are confident will maintain the energy and imagination necessary for future issues.

 What is needed most, at this time, is a robust and diverse Editorial Board and contributing writers. Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to email [email protected], Subject Line: Volunteering.

You do not need to be an OALA member or landscape architect to contribute to either the Editorial Board or the magazine, and anyone who expresses interest will be seriously considered.