Leslie is inspired by the current trend of people growing food everywhere, from guerilla gardening in alleyways to school gardens, in other people’s backyards and on city lots in temporary garden boxes. Her mission is to propagate and pollinate. For her, growing is not just about delicious food—it’s about growing rich relationships and a sense of place (connection to ourselves, to other people, to our health, to the land). Leslie brings a diverse background that includes teaching youth in school garden programs with Green Thumbs Growing Kids, starting her own backyard farm project in Toronto, and facilitating community garden spaces. Peas are her favourite veggie (the sprouts and tendrils, sweet anne snap peas, and purple shelling peas–she loves it in all its forms)!