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 - Who we are -

Wild By Nature is an urban homestead in east Toronto, nestled in a quiet residential neighbourhood.  Our methods are based on permaculture principles. We garden organically and follow biodynamic practices.  We strongly believe it is possible and vital to grow your own food and herbs in the city to support your wellness. We operate with a growth mindset and are ever curious to discover what we can learn each day in the garden.  

We have made it our mission to help busy urban folks like you, who care about the planet, realize practical and personal ways they can live a more ecological, rooted and natural lifestyle- right here, right now, in the city you live.


We are a family of three and we live in our little cottage like bungalow with our two lovey dovey cats and usually two awesome folks who work in the garden live and in the basement apartment.  Through our Mentoring Community, Herbal Workshops and other events, we have handfuls of wonderful folks who work and learn through the season with us.


"Maria is a thoughtful and generous teacher with a gift of storytelling."

Your mentor:

Maria Solakofski cultivates the growing potential in everyone she meets.  She is a food and ecological pioneer, an urban agriculture champion and has been involved in the local food community for over 25 years. Some of her unique leadership initiatives and experiences include: 


  • Founding Guerrilla Gourmet, a slow food movement forging connections with local farmers and food enthusiasts

  • Selling home grown fresh herbs and bioregional herbal products at farmer’s markets 

  • Establishing systems to provide seedlings through her own nursery

  • Designing and overseeing the installation of residential and public teaching gardens

  • Building community and growing resilience through public gardening initiatives

  • Creation and delivery of children’s garden programming

  • Running a flourishing local food catering business

  • Headlining cooking classes focused on local food and seasonal harvests

  • Growing herbs, edible flowers and herbal tisanes to supply restaurants

  • Composing bespoke home grown cut flower bouquets for events and special orders

  • Conceiving recipes and organizing workshops on herbal medicine and edible cosmetics

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