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Fall

Well, Fall is here at Farm My Yard HQ. It’s been a great Summer. Now we’re picking squash, cucumbers, melons, chard, kale and tomatoes. Thinking of what to plant. What would you plant this time of year in the Pacific Northwest?  I had a great time last night at a Center for Earth Leadership event. They are a great organization that offers a number of programs. The one I took last year was an Agent of Change class – partially how I got the umpf to put this site and project together, actually.  I got to hear Neil Kelly speak – he and his firm are leaders in sustainability and he’s been at it for years. A very inspiring speaker. Have a great Fall.  Who needs a sign!  I’ve given away 3 in the last 2 weeks.  Still more available and now is a great time to have someone help…

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Donations

We just got our first financial contribution from Derek Grant – so sweet, thank you, Derek! If you’d like to contribute to the cause donations are welcome! There’s a handy PayPal link on the right side of the page. Your contributions will be used to further the cause – I promise! It’s been a fun summer of farming, and answering a lot of questions about what Farm My Yard is about.  I’m also continuing to flesh that out in my own mind and am looking for a couple $ grand to get some signs printed out and take this idea for a spin. I hope you had a great Summer! Albert Kaufman Farm My Yard

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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…

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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…

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Blocks

One of the parts of Farm My Yard that I’m continuing to learn about is encouraging people to get help with their yards. Yes, it’s about someone else in your yard digging in the dirt, but there are a million different relationships that could come from having someone over – clearing blackberries, planting fruit and nut trees, figuring out how to water the area sustainably, composting, etc. I am finding that one of the blocks to people trying this out is their unwillingness to invite someone else to be a part of their domain, to ask for and/or accept help. Seems a typical problem we have in general in our society. I look forward to the day when more people are sourcing resources from each other, sharing work and escaping our isolation. I imagine it might take us a while, but it feels more tribal, more juicy, more interesting, and more fun….