I help people grow food
MY PASSION is incorporating edible crops into the landscape to create beautiful, edible landscapes with a long and varied harvest. I was recognized by Garden Making Magazine as one of the “green gang” of Canadians making a difference in horticulture.
My yard includes a driveway straw-bale garden, rooftop kitchen garden, wicking beds, an edible-themed front yard, and fruit plantings.
My gig is communications. I work as a horticulturist, college instructor, broadcaster, speaker, and author. The common thread is that I share ideas about how to creatively use edible plants in the landscape. And I make it fun.
I have worked in horticulture and agriculture for more than 25 years.
After getting a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph, I worked in greenhouse and nursery production, plant propagation, biological controls, horticultural supplies, and farm marketing.
• Children. Raising three children (my teenage daughter Emma and I co-wrote the book Gardening with Emma, a book to inspire kids to garden).
• Food. Admission—I actually enjoy grocery shopping. Food really interests me. So I’ve been known to do unconventional things like make parsnip wine or come home with a few laying hens.
• The Outdoors. I love foraging for mushrooms with my kids, camping, or just going for a picnic.
• Community. Toronto is an amazing city for food. Southern Ontario has diverse agricultural and horticultural operations, giving me lots of neat things to write about. I live in a part of Toronto called Willowdale, where I’ve found that one of the best ways to meet my neighbours is to garden in my front yard.
• Music. I’m no musician … just a hack. But I have fun jamming with my boys (they play electric guitar and drums, and tolerate me on bass guitar.)
I NEVER THOUGHT I’d be a writer or speaker. I’m a horticulturist.
But every so often I get impulsive (and that can drive my wife, Shelley, crazy). Luckily for me, one of those impulsive moments brought me to where I am today.
I can still picture the look of surprise on Shelley’s face the day I came home and casually mentioned that I’d quit my job as a recruiter. I sucked at that recruiting job. I left a job….
Here’s the rest of Steve’s story about that!
- In 2017 I was honoured to be featured in the Garden Making Magazine garden-makers issue as one of 20 people helping to make the Canadian landscape green for this generation and the next
- My book Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association
- Monthly Press Reporting Award, Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation
- Best Press Feature Award, Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation
- Outstanding Article Award, American Society of Journalists and Authors
I first promoted Steven Biggs when he co-authored No Guff Vegetable Gardening with Donna Balzer, who has been a guest on Reading Recommendations. Since that time, Steven has written several books of his own and has recently helped his daughter Emma write and publish a book (see below). Steven and Emma agreed to to be promoted by me in a 3-part series on my blog that I called The Next Gen Authors, featuring Authors whose daughters had gone on to write and publish their own books. I also promoted Anna and Catherine Porter, and Ken and Keriann McGoogan in this series. (Anna Porter and Ken McGoogan have both been previously promoted as well on Authors-Readers International.)
Grow Lemons Where You Think You Can’t
THE Lemon BOOK FOR COLD CLIMATES
Grow Lemons EVEN IF YOU’RE IN A COLD CLIMATE!
In this fun, plain-language book, I share my passion for growing lemons to help other gardeners in cold climates see that lemons are a fantastic potted plant in cold climates—and that they are much easier to keep over the winter than many people expect.
Get tips, techniques, and anecdotes—along with the insights of other lemon experts in Canada, The USA, and the UK. This book simplifies lemon growing in cold climates.
DID YOU KNOW that some gardeners store lemons in a cold, dark garage for the winter? Others keep them as houseplants. Ever thought of Christmas lights as a way to help lemons overwinter? That’s in the book too.
Steven Biggs was recently featured on this blog, along with his daughter Emma Biggs, as part of the series The Next Gen Authors.
Steven Biggs is now Working on Growing Figs in Cold Climates: 150 of Your Questions Answered, for release within the month.
Steven was a guest on Reading Recommendations in Apr. 2015.