This project could lead in so many different directions. For a homeowner it could lead to finding someone to help plant a tree, or other yard work. It could lead to the complete permaculturing of the entire landscape and anything in between.Â For both the homeowner and the urban farmer it could lead to food, learning, payment, new friends, community and many other things.
I am so excited at how Farm My Yard is shaping up. The project is barely 2 weeks old and already we’re having over 150 people a day visiting the website https://farmmyyard.org and so many people are writing in with thoughts, offers of help and suggestions for where this could go. I have a great feeling of “being onto something”.
One of the differences with this project is that it is not just an on-line presence as many backyard farming efforts are.Â The intention here is to bring people who live close to each other together and to build community while we transfer lawns into gardens.Â I see so many great intertwinings, as well.Â I can imagine groups like The Portland Fruit Tree Project, Friends of Trees, and Growing Gardens all being involved. I can see the City giving grants to help homeowners transition into a place where they’d be ready to receive the kind of help that is being offered – and training programs to get urban farmers ready.Â Unemployment => down.Â Food production => up.Â Herbicide and pesticide use => down.Â Water and air quality => up!
Please, if you’re ready to take the plunge and put a sign in your yard, get in touch.Â I have signs ready!Â And, more to come!
Then, there’s another whole side to this!Â Imagine those who would like to find somewhere to grow veggies leaving off signs or handbills on their neighbors porches offering their services?Â Farm My Yard in reverse – but for the same outcome!
Here we go!