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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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Farming Brenda’s Yard

Brenda’s Yard Thanks to Justin of InTownAg for his work in getting this yard going in SE Portland! Wow, has this been a fun process.  It’s been a few years now and Brenda’s daughter is now selling produce from the yard at the local farmers’ market and I think wants to become a nutritionist 🙂  The yard has produced well – and the family is eating from the garden.  

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Great Article Encouraging Urban Farming

This just in Five Reasons Why Urban Farming is the Most Important Movement of our Time “I love suburbia not for what it is, but for what it could be. While most other houses on my street have grass lawns, my yard sprouts zucchinis, tomatoes, pomegranates, kale, spinach, apples, figs, guavas, almonds, garlic, onion, strawberries, and more. Over 500 plant species all in all. We grow more than 3000 pounds of food per year on a plot of land the size of a basketball court—enough fruits and vegetables to feed my family of four year-round. Our house is part of a growing global movement of people involved in urban farming. The simple act of planting a garden can shape issues like economics, health, and politics at the same time because food is an essential focal point of human activity. As the urban farming movement grows, here are five ways that…

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Seeking urban farmer in NE PDX

From: Marcia Danab <marciadanab@gmail.com> @ 5715 NE 48th Ave., last housing the left of dead end street off of NE Killingsworth. Garden space to share:  Have you heard of the new “FARM MY YARD” movement? Do you wish you had a garden? *** I have GARDENING SPACE in the Ainsworth Street Collective area of the Cully Neighborhood that 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 is a large, sunny area in my back yard (south and west exposure), several raised beds and trellises to support peas and beans. The garden area is tilled and ready for bedding down for spring planting. Only organic gardening methods used here for the past 10 years. I am hoping to develop a partnership with a wonderful, community oriented neighbor or neighbors who like to garden, and may…

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Measure 80 – Vote Yes – Marijuana Legalization in Oregon

I just put hemp protein powder in my smoothie. I wear hemp pants (and love them). As a farmer, I’d love to be able to grown my own and share it with friends. Let’s get some sensible marijuana legalization and hemp legalization going here in Oregon – vote yes, and encourage your friends to, also. Thank you! Here are some useful links An article I just wrote for BlueOregon on the topic. Clips from Legalize It, a film about Proposition 19. Oregonians for Law Reform  - their excellent cover photos for Facebook – pick one and display it proudly! Measure 80 Campaign Website – lend a hand or money if you can!

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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…