GRFF is excited to suppport & share this Epic Journey
"SANKOFA 100 MILES TO FREEDOM TOUR" 2022
CELEBRATING THE
AFRICAN DIASPORA WOMAN OF SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

LAND OBSERVATION, PRESERVATION, REGENERATION IN RECONCILIATION

ACHIEVING GROWTH

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ECO
HEALTHY
LIVING
IS WITHIN REACH

Ecological Landscape Design
Our Services

 Forests are a great example of nature’s capacity to thrive in diverse conditions.

As our need for more Restorative and Regenerative land practices grows, the forest is an excellent guide for building Ecologically Sound Landscapes & food systems. 

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Nicola Jane Thomas
About Me

Meet Nicola Jane Thomas

Ecological Landscape Designer

Permaculture Teacher & Community Agitator

 

 

 

Nicola Jane, is an award-winning Ecological Landscape Designer whose land practices mitigate climate change, increase biodiversity & address’ food sovereignty.

She champions  community capacity building, supporting ecologically sustainable projects.  Specializing in underutilized public / private green spaces, inclusive community engagement, land acknowledgements, reconciliation, restoration, sustainability & spiritual ecology. 

Her substantial achievements are rooted in mobilizing community, in mitigating climate change, connecting people to soil through permaculture practices, global indigenous agricultural knowledge & connecting with our agricultural herstory.

Nicola Jane received the (2016) Canadian Black Women Award (CIBWE), City of Kitchener Environmental Leader (2019), a Heart of the City National Park Delegate (2017), Transformative Cities Nominee (2017), is a Permaculture Design Teacher & has delivered many keynote address'

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  • Canadian Horitcultural Therapeutic Assocition of Canada

       Speaker (2021)

  • BSW, Ryerson University

       Keynote Speaker (2021)

  • ECO Boosters

       Speaker (2020)​

  • Carolinian Canada Toronto Conference

       Speaker (2020)​

  • Local Food and Farm Co-ops          Keynote Speaker (2020)

  • Toronto Horticultural Society

       Keynote Speaker (2019)

  • Guelph Organic Conference

       Speaker (2019)​​

  • Baden Horticultural Society

       Keynote Speaker (2019)​

  • Heart Of The City Conference 

       Speaker (2019)​

  • Living Soils Symposium 

       Speaker (2019)​

  • EECOM Conference, University of Saskatchewan

       Speaker (2019)

  • Agricultural Show​​

       Guest Speaker ​(2018)

  • Place Based Food Systems Conference Presenter (2018)

  • Environmental Geography, University of Waterloo

       Keynote Speaker (2018)​

  • Faculty & Staff, Laurier University

       Keynote Speaker (2018)

  • Waterloo Horticultural Society

       Keynote Speaker (2018)​

  • Kitchener Horticultural Society

       Keynote Speaker (2017)

ECOLOGICAL WELLNESS
Talks

Global Indigenous Land Practices, Climate Mitigation, Increase Biodiversity, Spiritual Ecology & Land Reconciliation

ECOLOGICAL PLACEMAKING
Projects

FORESTS ARE A GREAT EXAMPLE OF NATURE'S CAPACITY TO THRIVE IN DIVERSE CONDITIONS.

AS OUR NEED FOR MORE RESTORATIVE & REGENERATIVE LAND PRACTICES GROWS THE FOREST IS AN EXCELLENT GUIDE FOR BUILDING ECOLOGICALLY SOUND LANDSCAPES, AS WELL AS FOOD SYSTEMS.

CONNECTING COMMUNITY TO SOIL,.CREATING SPACES OF INCLUSION, REFLECTION, RELAXATION, EDUCATIONAL TOURS, MEDICINAL HERBS, WILDLIFE HABITAT, POLLINATOR HEDGES & PERMACULTURE TEACHINGS.

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ASANTE
Our Supporters

"NICOLA IS A TRUE "COMMUNITY BUILDER" SKILLED AT TEACHING AND LEADING. BOTH PROJECTS WERE EFFECIENTLY ORGANIZED. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE NICOLA INCLUDE KIDS, OLDER FOLKS AND PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE DISABILITIES. IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BUILD COMMUNITY AND TEAM SPIRIT,

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NICOLA.

- STEVE SNIDER

   Horizons

- AMANDA FARQUHARA

   Meadowlane School Council

"LEARNING ABOUT BIOMIMICRY, PERMACULTURE, AND THE EASE OF NO TILL GARDENING FROM NICOLA INSPIRED ME, NOT ONLY TO CREATE MY OWN FOOD FOREST IN MY GARDEN, BUT ALSO TO CO - LEAD ANOTHER COMMUNITY PROJECT TO BUILD A LARGE POLLINATOR GARDEN IN A LOCAL PARK."

"NICOLA'S GARDEN WAS FEATURED ON GARDEN KITCHENER JULY 2018 TOUR WHERE MEMBERS COULD SEE MANY OF HER PRACTICES INCORPORATED INTO HER GARDEN. SHE WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE STONE SOUP FOR BUTTERFLIES PROJECT 2019-20. NICOLA HAS EDUCATED, MOTIVATED AND INSPIRED MANY PEOPLE TO ACT IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY BENEFICAL WAY."

- SUSAN FULOP

   Kitchener Horticulural Societ

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