Harrowsmith Magazine | Winter 2020 Issue

Winter Cover Illustration

Designed by Zach Loeks

Shout out to Zach Loeks, who created the wonderful illustration that appears on the cover of the Winter 2020 issue of Harrowsmith magazine. We missed including a credit for the cover, so we want to make sure you all know that Zach is the illustrator behind this original design!

Check out his story inside the issue, to learn how to plan for growth like a pro this winter.


Zach is a regular contributor to Harrowsmith, and is also the author of The Edible Ecosystem Solution, which hits bookshelves this December.


You can learn more about him here: https://www.zachloeks.com

The Edible Ecosystem Solution

Growing Biodiversity in Your Backyard and Beyondby Zach Loeks

Humans have always thrived in rich, diverse, edible ecosystems. Yet most cities and suburbs are blanketed by lawns, ornamentals, and a lack of biodiversity, let alone anything edible. It is within these sterile landscapes that seeds of an edible ecosystem lie.

The Edible Ecosystem Solution is a comprehensive, practical guidebook that looks at underutilized spaces to reveal the many opportunities for landscape transformation that are both far-reaching and immediately beneficial and enjoyable. Contents include:

  • Hundreds of full-color infographics, illustrations, and photographs that clearly outline the principles and concepts of edible landscape design and benefits
  • How to get started with as little as 25 square feet of land
  • How to transition a garden plot into a place of edible abundance and an edible biodiversity hot spot, living laboratory, and a source point for transitioning and transforming community and culture
  • Choosing appropriate plants for insects, wildlife, and food production
  • Scaling up and networking backyard edible ecosystems at the neighborhood level and beyond to build community food security and resilience.

The Edible Ecosystem Solution is for everyone with access to a bit of yard, a desire for food security, biodiversity, and a beautiful and resilient community, and for anyone who wants to reclaim humanity’s place in a rich, abundant, edible ecosystem.About the Author

Zach Loeks is an award-winning educator, designer, author, consultant, and grower who specializes in Edible Ecosystem Design around the world. He is the director of the Ecosystem Solution Institute and author of The Permaculture Market Garden. He lives in Cobden, Ontario.

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Catalina Margulis

An editor with 15-plus years in the publishing business, Catalina Margulis’ byline spans travel, food, decor, parenting, fashion, beauty, health and business. When she’s not chasing after her three young children, she can be found painting her home, taming her garden and baking muffins.

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September 2021 Astronomy

You will be noticing a couple of bright star-like objects in the southeast—in the constellation Capricornus.

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