Living Cities Company in Kingston, Ontario
The Living Cities company, created in 2008 by Queen’s student Nathan Putnam, aims to bring urban agriculture to the city
By Janina Enrile
The Journal – Queen’s University
Oct 22, 2010
Living Cities has helped to create many changes in the Kingston community. Providence Care Hospital, for example, has allowed Living Cities to use some of the unused space on their property for their urban farming.
“They’ve been very receptive to our ideas and very supportive of the ideas we’re trying to make [happen],” Putnam said, adding that the overall feedback from the community has been very positive.
According to their website, Living Cities has also taught in schools about green efforts, and has designed and built rooftop gardens for winter use. During the summer, they grow vegetables and pre-sell them offering farmers a secure income and patrons a weekly selection of fresh organic produce. One of the most notable accomplishments of Living Cities was their creation of Canada’s first university-wide vermicomposting program, Worms to the REScue.
Vermicomposting is an innovative way of composting organic materials using earthworms. Personal vermicomposters were available to students in the 2009-2010 year, along with several for common space areas like residence common rooms.