Mary Jane Duford is a passionate gardener and well-acclaimed authority in the world of horticulture. As a certified Master Gardener and permaculture garden designer with over a decade of hands-on experience, she has honed her skills to cultivate a deeper understanding of the natural world around us. Beyond her gardening prowess, Mary Jane holds a distinct edge as a Professional Engineer, an expertise that often intertwines with her gardening methodologies, bringing a unique perspective to her readers.
She is the proud founder of the renowned gardening website Home for the Harvest, a platform dedicated to helping fellow gardeners, both novice and experienced, find their green thumbs. Her gardening expertise hasn’t gone unnoticed; she’s been spotlighted as a go-to gardening expert by notable publications like Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Insider, Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Gardener, Heirloom Gardener Magazine, Realtor.com, Family Handyman, The Spruce, Taste of Home, Hunker, Real Simple, and the National Garden Bureau.
Delving deep into specific fields of study within horticulture, Mary Jane has an extensive knowledge base on sustainable gardening practices, soil science, and selecting cultivars well-suited to home gardeners. Her passion isn’t just limited to plants; she’s a staunch advocate for holistic, eco-friendly gardening techniques that benefit both flora and fauna.
Currently residing in the picturesque Okanagan Valley, Mary Jane cherishes the time she spends with her family amidst nature, always exploring, learning, and growing both as a gardener and as an individual.
Snapshot of Experience
Bachelor of Applied Science, Civil EngineeringUniversity of British Columbia, Faculty of Applied Science
2021 Digital ContributorMother Earth News
International Engineering Exchange StudentUniversity of Edinburgh, School of Engineering
RBC Innovation AwardRoyal Bank of Canada
Featured Garden Blogger (Print Edition, Fall 2017)Heirloom Gardener Magazine (now Mother Earth Gardener)
Volunteer Early Years Science TeacherGirl Guides & Various Schools in West Africa
Permaculture Design CertificatePermaculture Institute
Workshop PresenterWild Oak Freestyle Holiday Workshops