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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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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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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….

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5.15.12 Update

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.  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.  The intention here is…