Backyard Sharing

Fall in Portland – Urban Farming Update

Well, it’s almost Fall – just a few more days till Summer’s over. And I thought I’d share some of my recent thinking about Farm My Yard. I started this effort a few years ago – with the hopes that thousands of signs would pop up in yards all over Portland and then the world. I figured it would be an amazing way to increase the amount of food being grown in urban settings and have a profound effect on the world. So far, the effect has been somewhat minimal – and I’m kicking myself that I haven’t put more energy into the project.  I know somewhere down deep that if 100 signs were to be displayed, that would lead to some profound change. I imagine a world where we’re all spending more time growing our own food and helping each other learn how to get back to the garden…

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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…