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Our services do not include electrical, plumbing, or excavation. Clients may retain these services from other professionals. The photographs depicted on this website are for illustrative purposes only. 

Urban Farms

for All Abilities

"The rock doesn’t know what happens to the ripples in the pond"       J.P. Lynde

Our motto: Design, Build, Educate & Grow

Our mission: No Child Left Indoors!

Our mandate: All Abilities Included

Who We Are

We are passionate designers, educators and builders - women on a mission, using every tool in our belt to affect change! 

 
What We Do 

We design and build Outdoor Educational Wonderlands for schools, community centers, special needs organizations, elder care and private and group residences. Wonderlands include: gardens, greenhouses, green roofs & walls, fitness forts, educational playgrounds, chicken coops, observatories and so much more.

 

Universal Design 

We use universal design concepts to create environments inclusive of all abilities that are vibrant, engaging, fun, therapeutic, healthy and educational.

Beyond Structures

A traditional build company will leave you with only a structure. To maximize impact we customize thoughtful programs that pair our Wonderland structures with professional development for teachers, staff training, lesson plans, garden plans, workshops, and maintenance.

Education
We use garden-based learning techniques to teach STEM, social studies, language, arts as well as broader concepts like understanding our food sources, healthy eating, environmental stewardship and preparation for jobs in the new green economy.
  • Green Job Readiness

  • Promoting Health

  • Preventing Disease

  • Therapeutic

Impact
  • Understanding our Food Sources

  • Healthy Eating

  • Environmental Stewardship

  • Key STEM Lessons

No Green Space?

Our specialty is working with clients in urban settings that have little to no obvious green space. We work in classrooms, vacant lots, school parking lots, on walls & rooftops. Experience has taught us to be crafty. Let us help you find a solution. 

Budget?

Even a small budget can make a profound impact. A program can be as simple & inexpensive as a workshop where participants use old soda bottles to create mini windowsill garden. Or as comprehensive as the design and build of a year round greenhouse.

Funding?

We work with passionate educators and parents, non-profits, grants, private funding, PTAs, PTOs and grassroots initiatives like bake sales. 

  • Community Centers

  • Senior Care Centers

(Select your area of interest)
  • Rehabilitation Centers

  • Private Homes

Three steps to transform your space into an Outdoor Educational Wonderland

(Similar steps apply to all client types)

  • ​Set up an on-site visit with Ilona to:

    • Discuss your goals

    • Evaluate areas of desired impact (math, health, behavior, art)

    • Assess the space & take measurements

  • Analyze DOE, DOB and other requirements

  • Pick from our imaginative list of wonderland possibilities including structures and workshops. Or dream up your own idea and let us build it!

  • We will process your wishlist into a rendered design consisting of various components.  

  • Optional to build all at once or to stagger in phases

Step 1: Design

Garden Mazes

Fitness Forts

Green Fences

Observatories

Green Walls

Garden Beds

Greenhouses

Chicken Coops

Compost Systems

Educational Playgrounds

Interactive Musical Instruments

Step 2: Build

  • We are fully insured, licensed & bonded contractors

  • NOTE: If you wish to prepare your participants for jobs in the green economy, we are happy to integrate them into the entire design & build process

  • Participants learn to:

    • Navigate the DOE/DOB permit process - where apliciable.

    • Interface with design & structural engineers, electricians, architects etc

    • Become forewomen/men

    • Design & Build, Use Tools

    • Problem solve, Take measurements and use math

    • Discover challenging, fun, meaningful work

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Step 3: Educate & Grow

Once the foundation is laid and the exterior is up, it's time to cultivate the interior. 

  • Variety of growing techniques (Conventional, Hydroponic, Aeroponic, Aquaponic, etc)

  • Student Workshops

  • Professional Development

  • Garden-based lesson plans

  • Curriculum integration

  • Garden map & planting schedule for each teacher

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