Hey! I'm Luay and I'm an urban gardener, food grower, garden advisor, cook and photographer. Welcome to my slice of the web!
I grew up in urban settings for most of my life. Like most North American families, growing fruits and vegetables wasn't an option for us so we relied on grocery stores. As a child, I did not appreciate or understand how food made it to my table. As an adult, I developed an appreciation for local, seasonal food. Cooking is an enjoyable experience and allows me to experiment and try new things. So growing your own produce was a natural next step.
I grow my own produce because I believe that everyone should have a certain level of self sufficiency. I also believe it is important for all of us to know what we are eating and putting into our bodies. By growing my own organic fruits and vegetables I know for certain that I am feeding my family pesticide-free food and that is both tasty and healthy.
I founded Urban Farm and Kitchen as a way to share my knowledge of urban food growing and seasonal cooking with you all. I am also a Garden Advisor and offer consultations and garden plan reviews to help you achieve your most abundant harvests. The webshop includes a range of products including our Seed Collections and eBooks.
In 2021 I launched the A Year in the Urban Garden Master class, a fully immersive Seed to Plate gardening and cooking course.
If you are interested in living a more sustainable life, growing some of your own food is a good way to start. You don't need a big backyard. You can share an allotment plot with a friend or neighbor. Grow plants in containers on your balcony. You can even grow food indoors using a hydroponic kit. Don't be afraid to fail because that's how you'll learn and grow. I promise you that you'll get better with each passing season.
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We have worked with Brands including Kubota Canada, Daily Harvest, Home Hardware, PRO-MIX and several others. Let's talk!
Media and Interviews:
Toronto Life Magazine
The Grow Guide podcast - Maximizing Your Garden Space with Luay from Urban Farm & Kitchen
Steven Biggs Garden Life Podcast - Luay's Urban Farm and Kitchen
Humans Who Grow Food Feature - Aug 6, 2018
Humans Who Grow Food Feature - Nov 19, 2019
Interview for Gardening Documentary by Fleck Productions
Growing Tomatoes with Luay and Jaz | ASK gardenstead 006
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