Archive for June, 2012

My friend, Brenda in South Tabor writes:

Sample Craig’s List ad:

CL > Services Offered > Farm and Garden Services

Have you heard of the new “FARM MY YARD” movement?

Do you wish you had a garden?

Is gardening space limited for you?

Do you want to grow your own vegetables or pick something fresh from your or garden?

*** I have GARDENING SPACE in the South Tabor area that I would like to share with you to farm/cultivate to your heart’s content!
I am interested in developing a gardening partnership in trade for the space. There are many flower beds (some raised) with room available and an entire area behind the garage that can be used. The virgin soil is poison and pesticide free. I have soaker hoses and tools.

Interested? Read on…

We are hoping to develop a partnership with a wonderful, community oriented neighbor who likes to garden, and may be interested in growing their own food, but does not have the space. I’m gifted with the space, but limited with time due to a fully stretched lifestyle. Perhaps we could create a friendship where we occasionally garden together… Oh, the thought of picking some fresh lettuce, kale, chard, cucumbers, or tomatoes sounds wonderful to me. Wanna catch a game of ping pong after some hard work? How about having a nice, peaceful back yard to read in while the garden is growing…something your simple apartment doesn’t offer, as we harvest our meals.

The thought of sharing this adventure with a nearby college student, young adult, or wise peaceful mentor who doesn’t have space to garden, but wishes they could, sounds fun. We are an active, friendly, family, open to designing a relationship that provides opportunities that as individuals we have not been able to actualize. We can cultivate, nurture, water, and fertilize this idea, growing it in a way that is mutually beneficial, rewarding, and fun.

If you are interested, please send me a short e-mail with a few sentences that summarize some points of interest about you. Here are some ideas:

· How would your friends describe you?

· What are your values, interests, and/or passions?

· What do you have in mind?

Looking forward to harvesting with you!

Farm my yard is an idea from my friend Albert. Feel free to visit his website at: http://farmmyyard.org/

Every Revolution Needs their own radio station, don’t you think?

We have a bunch of DJs who are spinning for the urban farming movement!

http://turntable.fm/boomswing_cabaret – Boom Swing, give em a listen!

From 1917

Looks like Farm My Yard has been around for a very long time :)

June 12th update

We are getting over 200 visits a day to this site which is wonderful and incredible. Now, I just need to find more people who will take signs and put them in their yards!

I made Farm My Yard a big part of my recent newsletter, The Eleven, for June 2012

I’m working on an outline for prospective landowner/homeowners – to understand the types of relationships that might occur when they undertake to work with an urban farmer.

I’m also working on a handbill for urban farmer types to walk the neighborhood with.

Here’s the homeowner “article” so far. Feedback welcome!

            Draft for homeowner/landowner – what to expect via Farm My Yard

If you are a homeowner or someone who has a yard you’d like farmed, here are some ideas of how a relationship with an urban farmer might go.

Let’s say you’ve decided that you want to have your yard farmed.  You put out a Farm My Yard sign in a place that is visible from the street. If you’re not home a lot, you might include your phone number or email address.

Soon, hopefully, you’ll hear from someone – either via an email, phone call or a knock on the door. I’d recommend inviting them in for a cup of tea.  If you can have one of the agreements from the Farm My Yard website handy, that might help guide the conversation.  If not, some topics to go over would be:

1. when the farmer will have access to the yard – always? sometimes? When?

2. preferred method of communication between the parties – email, phone, a knock on the door?

3. who will pay for what? will the costs be shared, or will the homeowner pay for start-up costs and water, and the farmer for seeds and starts?

In conversation with the urban farmer you might ask some questions such as:

1. do you have gardening experience, if so – how much?

2. do you live nearby (we encourage you to find someone who lives in walking distance to your house)

3. are you interested in growing food for yourself, or for sale, or some combination thereof?  Is the farmer open to the alternative/combination that excites you?

Security – by having someone farming your yard it probably lessens the chance that your house will be burgled because someone will be on site more often.

…to be continued! And, for now, please come visit our Fan Page on Facecrack and say howdy!

 

Our thoughts exactly!

Found this floating on the interwebs today – an electric sign, how cool!

Some great press from the SE Examiner

Ah, we got some nice press for Farm My Yard on Friday: http://ping.fm/aWMfg – thanks for spreading the word!

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