Welcome to The Backyard Urban Farm Company, or BUFCO, your Organic Vegetable Garden Specialists – a one-stop shop for edible garden design, installation, planning, planting, maintenance, and consultation, serving the Greater Toronto Area.

We are on a mission is to inspire, educate, and empower urbanites to grow their own food and to help them reconnect with nature. We are also on a mission to develop and elevate committed, self-motivated nature-lovers who are building careers in the organic land care industry.

The Owners

After three successful decades working in the motion picture industry, husband and wife team Marc Green and Arlene Hazzan Green co-founded The Backyard Urban Farm Company (BUFCO). The Company was established as a response to their growing awareness of, and resulting unease with their own contribution to climate change and their need to find a meaningful solution. 2021 marks BUFCO’s 12th anniversary.

Arlene Hazzan Green

CEO; VP Gardening Division; Garden Designer

Arlene (she/her) is an avid gardener and life-long learner who loves to share her knowledge. She is an Organic Master Gardener and Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner with SOUL (Society for Organic Urban Landcare). Arlene is also an Emmy award winning television director and writer. (Photograph: Brianna-Roye)

Marc Green

VP Operations, Installations

Marc (he/him) is a meticulous project manager with a focus on customer service excellence and is driven by his desire to deliver product and services that meet or surpass the highest expectations. Marc is an avid outdoors enthusiast, loves wilderness camping, canoeing, and fishing. He also has a deep connection with music, spending his spare time playing guitar and piano. “Nature is medicine for the spirit. Music is medicine for the soul.”


Meet the BUFCO Team

The Owners

After three successful decades working in the motion picture industry, husband and wife team Marc Green and Arlene Hazzan Green co-founded The Backyard Urban Farm Company (BUFCO). The Company was established as a response to their growing awareness of, and resulting unease with their own contribution to climate change and their need to find a meaningful solution. 2021 marks BUFCO’s 12th anniversary.

Arlene Hazzan Green

CEO; VP Gardening Division, Garden Designer

Arlene (she/her) is an avid gardener and life-long learner who loves to share her knowledge. She is an Organic Master Gardener and Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner with SOUL (Society for Organic Urban Landcare). Arlene is also an Emmy award winning television director and writer.

Marc Green

VP Operations, Installations

Marc (he/him) is a meticulous project manager with a focus on customer service excellence and is driven by his desire to deliver product and services that meet or surpass the highest expectations. Marc is an avid outdoors enthusiast, loves wilderness camping, canoeing, and fishing. He also has a deep connection with music, spending his spare time playing guitar and piano. “Nature is medicine for the spirit. Music is medicine for the soul.”

  • Arlene Hazzan Green

    CEO; VP Gardening Division, Garden Designer

    Arlene (she/her) is an avid gardener and life-long learner who loves to share her knowledge. She is an Organic Master Gardener and Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner with SOUL (Society for Organic Urban Landcare). Arlene is also an Emmy award winning television director and writer.

  • Marc Green

    VP Operations, Installations

    Marc (he/him) is a meticulous project manager with a focus on customer service excellence and is driven by his desire to deliver product and services that meet or surpass the highest expectations. Marc is an avid outdoors enthusiast, loves wilderness camping, canoeing, and fishing. He also has a deep connection with music, spending his spare time playing guitar and piano. “Nature is medicine for the spirit. Music is medicine for the soul.”

The Team

Debbie Lo

Office Manager; Garden Designer

Debbie (she/her) studied engineering at University of Toronto and is an Organic Master Gardener. After volunteering at permaculture farms in Norway, she joined BUFCO to combine her technical skills with Arlene and Marc’s imagination to encourage mutually uplifting relationships between the earth and its inhabitants through food. She enjoys feeding garden scraps to her bunny, feeding bunny poo to her worms, then feeding worm poo back to her garden.

Julia Stephens

Head Gardener

Julia (they/them) is an Organic Master Gardener who previously graduated from Queen’s University in printmaking and art history. Julia joined the BUFCO team after working at organic grocery stores and farmer’s markets, building rammed earth houses, and designing vegetable gardens. In their spare time, Julia can be found tending their own backyard veggie patch, playing music and cooking for friends.

Elena Potter

Gardener

After a previous career working in visual arts, Elena (she/her) left desk life behind to work with plants and soil. She is a lifelong garden lover, has interned on organic CSA farms in Quebec and worked on an urban flower farm in Toronto. She holds a BFA from Ryerson University and is an Organic Master Gardener. Outside of work, Elena loves being active, appreciating nature, and tending her allotment garden in High Park.

Grayson Sherritt

Lead Hand

Grayson (he/him) is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and the Endeavour Centre’s Sustainable New Construction program. He has honed his craft in a number of different disciplines including organic gardening and natural building. Outside of BUFCO, you can find him tending his rooftop vegetable garden, Morris dancing in the streets, or exploring Toronto.

Lukas Weerdenburg

Lead Hand

Lukas (he/him) is a recent graduate of the Environmental Landscape Management (EVLC) program. After 15 years of turning wrenches and diagnosing electrical nightmares as an Automotive Technician, the outdoors called his name. Now his dream is to move out of the city to start his own farm. When he’s not installing your raised beds, he can be found snowboarding, rollerblading, lake surfing, wake skating and climbing trees.

Catherine May

Bookkeeper

Catherine (she/her) comes from a varied past far from her degree in English Literature. After 15 years in technology and 5 years of residential construction she happily found her way to accounting and settled in as BUFCO’s bookkeeper. Next to making sense of the numbers, she most loves learning about growing vegetables. She lives by the credo that life is better outside, her favourite place being the quiet solitude of nature either on a bike or in a canoe.

Hermmela Tafesse

Greenhouse and Admin Assistant

Hermmela (they/them) is an emerging micro-farmer and creative force who got their training in urban agriculture from the Growing In The Margins program at Sundance Harvest. They hope to someday run an organic co-operative farm where they can help fellow BIPOC growers move towards food and land sovereignty. Hermmela’s secret to growing the juiciest, most delicious cucumbers and tomatoes is to play Diddy Bop by Noname for them every morning.

Doran Hazzan Green

The Chicken Whisperer

Doran (he/him) grew up watching his parents take over the household as they transitioned from their film careers into entrepreneurs. Doran has been nothing but supportive of the transition, and is a go-to worker when extra hands are required. From potting up seedlings to helping establish our micro-urban farm for growing food for Black Food Toronto, Doran has played an important role in BUFCO’s success. He is an experienced cook whose heart lies in the kitchen and aspires to own his own restaurant.

Dixie Hazzan Green

Urban Farm Dog

Dixie (she/her) is an extremely well trained Australian Shepherd who has been BUFCO’s official mascot since joining the Hazzan Green household in the early days of the company’s history. She’s a graduate of nowhere in particular, and aspires to eat, sleep, chase squirrels from the BUFCO gardens, and occasionally play. At somewhat over nine years old, she is a little under 10 years old.

  • Debbie Lo

    (she/her)
    Office Manager;
    Garden Designer

  • Julia Stephens

    (they/them)
    Head Gardener

  • Elena Potter

    (she/her)
    Gardener

  • Grayson Sherritt

    (he/him)
    Lead Hand

  • Lukas Weerdenburg

    (he/him)
    Lead Hand

  • Catherine May

    (she/her)
    Bookkeeper

  • Hermmela Tafesse

    (they/them)
    Greenhouse and Admin Assistant

  • Doran Hazzan Green

    (he/him)
    Chicken Whisperer

  • Dixie Hazzan Green

    (she/her)
    Urban Farm Dog

    Our Values in Action: We want to INSPIRE you to Garden

    Imagine Nurture Nature Sow Seeds of Positive Change Plant and Play Investigate & Innovate Rest & Relax Eat!
    Imagine picking an exquisitely mouth-watering tomato that you grew yourself in your own backyard. Caring for plants and the earth stirs something deep within us, connects us to those who came before us and reminds us we are part of something larger than ourselves. Gardens provide a wealth of joy, knowledge and opportunity that grows when these riches are shared among us all. Dig in and get dirty! Gardens are gathering places where family, friends and neighbours can let loose and have fun. Challenge and wonder awaits a curious gardener looking for solutions. A quiet garden invites us to slow down, turn off, and tune in to nature’s rhythms. Feast your eyes on abundant and heathy harvests to share with family and friends.
    Our Vision
    Our Values

    Our Values in Action: We want to INSPIRE you to Garden

    magine

    picking an exquisitely mouth-watering tomato that you grew yourself in your own backyard.

    urture Nature

    Caring for plants and the earth stirs something deep within us, connects us to those who came before us and reminds us we are part of something larger than ourselves.   

    ow Seeds of Positive Change

    Gardens provide a wealth of joy, knowledge and opportunity that grows when these riches are shared among us all.

    lant and Play

    Dig in and get dirty! Gardens are gathering places where family, friends and neighbours can let loose and have fun.

    nvestigate & Innovate

    Challenge and wonder awaits a curious gardener looking for solutions.

    est & Relax

    A quiet garden invites us to slow down, turn off, and tune in to nature’s rhythms.

    at!

    Feast your eyes on abundant and heathy harvests to share with family and friends.

    Our Vision

    Our Values in Action: We want to INSPIRE you to Garden

    magine

    picking an exquisitely mouth-watering tomato that you grew yourself in your own backyard.

    urture Nature

    Caring for plants and the earth stirs something deep within us, connects us to those who came before us and reminds us we are part of something larger than ourselves.   

    ow Seeds of Positive Change

    Gardens provide a wealth of joy, knowledge and opportunity that grows when these riches are shared among us all.

    lant and Play

    Dig in and get dirty! Gardens are gathering places where family, friends and neighbours can let loose and have fun.

    nvestigate & Innovate

    Challenge and wonder awaits a curious gardener looking for solutions.

    est & Relax

    A quiet garden invites us to slow down, turn off, and tune in to nature’s rhythms.

    at!

    Feast your eyes on abundant and heathy harvests to share with family and friends.

    Our Vision

    Our Values in Action: We want to INSPIRE you to Garden

    magine

    picking an exquisitely mouth-watering tomato that you grew yourself in your own backyard.

    Nurture Nature

    Caring for plants and the earth stirs something deep within us, connects us to those who came before us and reminds us we are part of something larger than ourselves.   

    Sow Seeds of Positive Change

    Gardens provide a wealth of joy, knowledge and opportunity that grows when these riches are shared among us all.

    Plant and Play

    Dig in and get dirty! Gardens are gathering places where family, friends and neighbours can let loose and have fun.

    nvestigate & Innovate

    Challenge and wonder awaits a curious gardener looking for solutions.

    Rest & Relax

    A quiet garden invites us to slow down, turn off, and tune in to nature’s rhythms.

    Eat!

    Feast your eyes on abundant and heathy harvests to share with family and friends.

    Our Vision

    An Edible Garden in every yard.

    Delicious, local food on every table.

    A healthy, peaceful planet in every heart

    Land Acknowledgment and Anti-Racism Equity Statement

    We gratefully acknowledge the privilege we have to be working on land that is the traditional territory of many nations including, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Huron Wendat peoples. Toronto is home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Mètis peoples from across Turtle Island. This sacred territory has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years and was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We recognize the violence and loss of culture that makes our presence on this land possible. We also recognize our responsibility to confront the violence in which we are complicit and to work to dismantle the structures that perpetuate it. 

    We are actively working to recognize our own contributions to the systemic inequities that exist in our society. We are committed to doing the hard work required to uproot racism in all its forms and to amplify and support the voices of those who experience racism on a daily basis.

    We strive every day, in every action, to nurture and maintain an equitable working environment; to provide a path forward to a more fair, prosperous and hopeful future for all, and to welcome people of all genders, races, religions, nationalities, cultures, sexual identities, languages, and abilities so they can feel comfortable, respected, and valued.

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