Photo of Tom Doughty
Tom Doughty
Research Assistant


After his grandfather gave him a whittling knife at age 7, much to the dismay of his mother, Tom proceeded to carve, poke and shave every piece of wood in reach for the next 14 years, losing several pints of blood in the process. This early introduction to crafts led to a stint working as a pioneer at a living history museum, which in turn led to a fascination with the ability we have as a culture to shape our environment and develop different scales of sufficiency. Urban agriculture projects have served as a means to explore the ways in which a greater degree of self-sufficiency can not only build satisfaction and confidence in one’s own life, but extend community and generosity in ways temporarily forgotten in mainstream life. His greatest hope for this project is to see urban ag. infrastructure become as normal to homes as kitchens or washrooms.