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Farm My Yard T-shirt Designs

New T-Shirt Design for Farm My Yard We started with a neat design (see original below) and are now down to picking from these 6.  If you have a favorite, please leave your comments in the comment section below. I hope to have t-shirt available for ordering by the end of 2014 or start of 2015. Thanks to Kevin of KMF Illustration for his incredible work on this design!  

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1st Farm My Yard Newsletter – Winter 2014

Winter 2014 – Farm My Yard! CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS Help us make a difference in our community. Hi there, Welcome to the first Farm My Yard newsletter. You signed up a while back and if you no longer want to receive these – please unsubscribe below. That said – welcome aboard! I started Farm My Yard a couple years ago – by building a website, starting a FB fan page and also a Twitter account. That has led to some press, and a few people who wanted to see Farm My Yard take off. We had a sign design contest! I held a sign-making party for my birthday in a community garden I helped start which was a blast. And, are you hearing a pattern here? The pattern is the word “I”. And, I realize that I can’t do this alone and so I am reaching out to You! If…

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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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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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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…