Andrea Bellamy is the creator of Heavy Petal, a blog devoted to urban organic gardening. She has a certificate in garden design from the University of British Columbia and studied permaculture methods for food production at an urban micro-farm. She has been gardening since childhood and has grown food on rooftops, balconies, boulevards, and patios, and in community garden beds, window boxes, traffic circles, and front and backyards.
She combined her love of writing and gardening when she began writing features for home and garden publications. After a stint as assistant editor at a Vancouver-based gardening magazine, she launched Heavy Petal to answer the need for a gardening blog that spoke to a new generation of gardeners. The site has been featured in Canadian Gardening and Sunset magazines and has been noted by online tastemakers Apartment Therapy, Treehugger, Design*Sponge, and Decor8. Andrea is also the gardening columnist for Edible Vancouver Magazine.
Andrea is involved in community garden advocacy and community-based food security. On her own small third-floor balcony, she grows a wide range of edibles including tomatoes, potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and saffron crocuses. She is an active guerrilla gardener and a proud steward of a plot in her local community garden. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and daughter.