About Steven Biggs

Steven Biggs. Farm writer, garden writer, food writer, professional speaker.

Steven Biggs. Farm writer, garden writer, food writer, professional speaker.

farm writer, food writer, garden writer, Professional speaker

As an urbanite with an agricultural science degree and work experience in the agricultural sector, I make sense of farm, garden, and food issues for the urban public—and write about urban food thinkers, trends, and happenings for the farm sector.


I have worked in horticulture and agriculture for more than 25 years. Along with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph, I have worked in greenhouse and nursery production, plant propagation, biological controls, horticultural supplies, and farm marketing.

My Communications Work

  • Author. I write gardening books that are fun and practical.
  • Freelance Journalism. I write about the food chain: farms, farm business, food, food processing, and gardening.
  • Professional Speaker. I speak about a range of gardening topics.
  • Radio Host. I tell the stories of gardeners who push boundaries.

Where to Find Me

  • In Person.  Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • On the Web. StevenBiggs.ca. I blog...but only sometimes, so don't expect regular posts.

Other Parts of my Life

  • Children. Raising three young children. This is why I only blog occasionally.
  • Garden. It's a passion. I love climbing onto my garage roof before the sun rises to check the rooftop garden. And I have a lot of fun with my fig collection (see my fig website.)
  • Food. AdmissionI actually enjoy grocery shopping. Food really interests me. So I've been known to do unconventional things like make parsnip wine or come home with a few laying hens.
  • The Outdoors. I love foraging for mushrooms with my kids, camping, or just going for a picnic. 
  • Community. Toronto is an amazing city for food. Southern Ontario has diverse agricultural and horticultural operations, giving me lots of neat things for to write about. I live in a part of Toronto called Willowdale, where I've found that one of the best way to meet my neighbours is to garden in my front yard.

More About My writing


I write practical and fun gardening books. I am the author of Grow-Gardeners. Kid-Tested Gardening with Children, Grow Figs Where You Think You Can't, No Guff Vegetable Gardening, and No Nonsense Vegetable Gardening.

Click here if you want to learn more about my books or to shop.

Grow Figs Where You Think You Can't won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association.


I write about farming, farm business, gardening, food, and the food system. 

  • Monthly Press Reporting Award, Canadian Farm Writers' Federation, for Their Success is No Secret
  • Best Press Feature Award, Canadian Farm Writers' Federation, for On Camera
  • Outstanding Article Award, American Society of Journalists and Authors, for Farm Direct

My articles take readers into areas as diverse as crop marketing, farm business branding, food-processing companies, farming novelty crops, consumer food trends, food and demographics, agritourism, farm energy production, food distribution, direct-to-consumer sales, food policy, farm advisors, farm succession, retail food issues, prominent players in the agri-food system, home gardening, and gardening with kids.


I have written for a number of print and online magazines including Country Guide (Contributing Editor), Garden Making, Clublink Life, Spacing, Today's Parent, Open Skies, Edible Toronto, Small Farm Canada, Trellis, Canadian Property Management, Energy Procurement and Conservation, and The Harvest Commission.

Click here to see some of my articles.

Need a thoughtful article? Need a compelling talk?

Need clean copy? On time?

Contact Steven Biggs for professional farm, garden, and food communications.

The ▪ Food ▪ Chain

Farm Writer. Food Writer. Garden Writer. Garden Speaker.