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Sundaura Alford-Purvis

The areas of experience and expertise I bring to this new process: 
  • Working with urban and suburban spaces and small scale rural sites; I’m not qualified to design a farm, even a regenerative one. 
  • Restoring soil health 
  • Maximizing the inclusion of native and edible plants 
  • Prioritizing repair before replacement 
  • Prioritizing investing in labour before materials 
  • Making the most of available resources; use less, use what you have, or use what is going to waste, before purchasing new materials. 
The rest of my resume: 
  • Lifelong relationship with all things green and growing 
  • Began working in the horticultural industry in 1998 
  • Took a short side trip into Architectural Technology, completing my diploma in 2002 
  • Returned to horticulture and began to specialize in landscape design in 2003 
  • Became a Certified Landscape Designer (CLD) in 2006 
  • Received several landscape industry Awards of Excellence for garden and landscape design over the following years
  • Launched A Cultivated Art Inc in the fall of 2012 
  • Served as an executive board member of the Ottawa chapter of Landscape Ontario from 2011 to 2017 
  • Completed the Gaia College Organic Master Gardener course and related certification in 2016 
  • Began working part time as the executive director for the Society for Organic Urban Land Care in 2017 
  • Began teaching in the Horticultural Industries program at Algonquin College in 2017, updating and revising the landscape design course material and working with roughly 50 students each year. 

An important note on my availability: 
  • Weekdays are my preferred time to meet, but I can meet in the early evening on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 
  • I am not available to meet on weekends except in exceptional circumstances. 

Using resources sustainably also includes my time and energy: 
  • I teach Sustainable Design at Algonquin College from mid October until early April 
  • I have a garden that requires care and attention 
  • I dedicate a portion of my time to assisting other local professionals and businesses to develop sustainable business practices 
I have, in the past, pushed myself to the point that I have become physically ill. This isn’t healthy or sustainable. It also doesn’t result in me providing my best work for you or your project. 
With this in mind, I have concluded that I can effectively support ten to fifteen clients working through the development of a relationship with your space each year. When I've reached my client limit, I'll post my next expected availability here and on the home page of this site.