First there were managed allotments, and now there are groups who will come to YOUR garden and turn it into a productive growing space.
This is simply epic for urban food production: the people are there, the space is there, and the distance between managed plots is small (imagine you’re the grower offering this service and trying to keep your costs low).
Here’s the Resilient Communities write up of this phenomenon:
“In backyard farming, your not only selling the veggies, your selling the experience.” Charlie Radoslovich of Rad Urban Farmers
In the US alone, there’s 50,000 square miles of lawns. That’s obviously a terrible waste of a very valuable resource. But it gets worse, we spend over $30 billion a year landscaping those yards. We’re not only wasting it, we’re paying to waste it. Wow!
One big reason a home’s yard is so valuable is due to its proximity. It’s a growing space next to where you live. A place you see every day. An accessible space.
That integration gives you a measure of independence, an appreciation of what good food consists of (given how artificial and engineered so much of what we eat today is, that’s a VERY good thing), and a way to impart that experience to your kids.
This is like a CSA, but here the farmer comes to you. He/she converts your yard into a high performance garden and teaches you how to garden it successfully.
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