"BUFCO has taught a generation of parents, kids and teachers at the school pretty much everything we know about creating a thriving growing space."
"(The Raised Raised Bed) is just light years better than any of the raised beds we usually use, so the in-studio crew has been particularly thankful for having something so much easier to move that's also much more aesthetically pleasing."
Kyle S. – Production Coordinator, the Marilyn Denis Show, where a BUFCO Raised Raised Bed was featured in the 2012 episode "Mother's Day Backyard Makeover"
"Marc and Arlene got us started over five years ago and we have been delighted with the results ever since: ultra-fresh vegetables picked just after we get home from work, and on the table for dinner! Arlene has assisted us every year with selecting interesting new varieties of beans, greens, and tomatoes – her enthusiasm is contagious and we have really enjoyed working with BUFCO!"
Jane W., Toronto, long-time BUFCO client
"What an amazing intro to urban gardening! You guys rule and I can't wait for the season to start again!"
Alison H. after her first season with BUFCO
"Thank you for giving us veggies!!! Stephen and I loved, loved, loved our garden and can't wait for the new season to start in the spring. We also loved seeing BUFCO Gardeners Arlene and Carrie in our backyard once a week, like proud parents surveying their lot. We are blessed to have met you and wish you a wonderfully warm, cozy winter. See you next spring!"
From Gabriole J., Toronto, long-time BUFCO client
"Just wanted to thank you and the guys who delivered and explained over and over again how to build the garden bed. I really appreciated the extra help. We love our new garden and my daughter is having blast growing seeds and getting it ready. Thank you!"
From Nora B., Pickering, who purchased a BUFCO DIY Raised Bed Kit
"The raised bed installation looks great!"
Catherine G., Toronto, BUFCO client
"The beds worked out great, very easy for our volunteer team to assemble. Thanks again for the quick turnaround time."
Stuart M., Project Manager, Urban Ecology, Evergreen Brick Works, on BUFCO Signature Series DIY Kits
"Thanks again, your whole crew is amazing. I'm so happy with the visits, service, and education I receive from you guys! Looking forward to more great gardening."
From Galya O., North York
"Working in a Montessori School, I was looking for a way for the children to connect with nature and learn about where food comes from. A parent at the school recommended Marc and Arlene and The Backyard Urban Farm Company. We were delighted with their organic gardens. Marc and Arlene are fantastic at meeting the individual needs of their clients and ensuring they are more than satisfied with the end result. Our children are now avid gardeners and delight in watching plants grow and harvesting the wonderful fruits and vegetables. All of the people who work with Arlene and Marc are excellent with children and of course, making things grow! I highly recommend them to anyone who wishes to get their hands dirty."
Meg Kahnert, Principal, Bannockburn Montessori School, where four BUFCO Signature Series Beds were installed and are maintained by the BUFCO gardening team
"We would highly recommend the Backyard Urban Farm Company Team to anyone who is interested in ecological and sustainable garden projects. Both the owners and their team are very knowledgeable and helpful with an incredible work ethic. Approximately 2 years ago we contacted The Backyard Urban Farm Company to have two of their own design raised vegetable beds built and also to enquire about their vegetable planting and maintenance services. We were extremely pleased with the service provided and although we are total novices in vegetable planting, thanks to the team's support and help, we were very successful in our new venture. As a result of this first contact, we subsequently hired them to replace 5 (6'x7') Japanese Screens in our back garden with new bamboo screens, as well as to install 8' high bamboo fencing along the 200' perimeter of our backyard. All this work was completed on time and on budget."
Katrine S., BUFCO Client
"Arlene and Marc and the entire BUFCO team have been instrumental in helping Ossington Old Orchard Public School students and staff connect with and be deeply proud of their school food garden. Over the many years, teachers and parents have relied on BUFCO's expertise and keen understanding of what will grow and be successful at a school level. It has been magical to watch kids' faces light up with awe and pride as they see their BUFCO seedlings produce a tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Students who may have hesitated trying different vegetables can't resist tasting their own veggies. Hearing "this is delicious! Can we have seconds?" is music to any teacher or parent's ears. Arlene and Marc have helped all of this happen. We are so grateful."
Liz Lundy, Teacher at Ossington Old Orchard Public School
"We've worked with Arlene and Marc at BUFCO from the start of our organic school garden at Ossington Old Orchard Public School, six years ago. Their patience, insight and great sense of fun has made planning, prepping and planting this teaching garden a wonderful experience for kids, parents and teachers. We always buy their consistently hearty and successful seedlings, have learned in their garden workshops, as well as side by side in the soil. BUFCO has taught a generation of parents, kids and teachers at the school pretty much everything we know about creating a thriving growing space. Today, our innovative school garden is a place that our community is justly proud of, and BUFCO has been a huge part of its success."
Andrea Curtis, parent volunteer, author of What's for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World and co-author of The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement.
"BUFCO has been with us every step of the way since we started our vegetable garden with the OOOPS community. When we were getting our garden project off the ground, Arlene was a constant source of information at our weekly garden meetings. She is extremely patient and taught me all I know about square foot gardening. It was amazing to have someone so knowledgeable and such a great teacher to help us through these initial stages. She really catapulted this garden initiative off the ground and was a large reason it is what it is today!
Since her son graduated from OOOPS, Arlene and Marc have continued to be involved in the OOOPS community garden. They have supported us in many ways including building trellises, delivering seedlings, providing information and basically being there for us in whatever way we need them to be. They love what they do and it is evident to all of us when they continue to take such an interest in our school garden. The students at OOOPS have gained considerable lessons from the garden BUFCO helped grow, including where our food comes from, that healthy food is delicious (kale chips and basil/kale pesto are two favourites), the environmental benefits of growing your own food, the love of being in nature and peacefulness it brings while tending to the garden, how plants grow and the list goes on.
We are grateful for their support and are thankful that they have been so generous with their knowledge, skills and materials."
Dione Holmes, Teacher, Ossington Old Orchard Public School (OOOPS)
"Just want to let you know that the raised beds are installed and vegetables are planted. The guys did a great job and are very easy to work with. I'm very happy with the results. Within hours after we finished the work, people passing by our front yard started to tell me how nice our garden looked."
Sam D., BUFCO client and second Square Post Bed installation
"The value of a family garden: Our family is now entering our 3rd season with our BUFCO vegetable garden! Not only do we enjoy it but neighbours come from up and down the street to see our raised garden bed. Our backyard is now a play space and a growing space. Our experience with BUFCO has been even more wonderful than we could have thought – from the attentive and professional knowledge of their trade to the individualized plans and commitment, all the points of contact are done with a high level of commitment, patience and courtesy (especially with our 3 small toddlers running around them.) Needless to say the bounty we receive from the plants themselves is abundant and delicious. As our garden continues to thrive so too does our knowledge about growing food, which is a definite perk.
It is a beautiful image to see our children’s eyes light up and hear their excitement when they go pull a bean or snatch a ground cherry and throw it into their smiling mouths. We are so delighted with our relationship with BUFCO, and how our children’s learning has unfolded.
We aren’t the easiest clients, but BUFCO understands what we want and they work hard to adjust to our needs, not only because they value us as clients but ultimately they truly want our experience with our garden to be a positive one.
We have now expanded to use BUFCO as consultants on our entire garden and trees because it is obvious that they know their work and have continually exceeded our expectations.
We can't say enough positive accolades for the work BUFCO is doing. We would recommend BUFCO without hesitation – Marc and Arlene have a great thing going!"