Urban Farming

Getting Started with Backyard Farming

Have you ever thought about starting a farm? It’s a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun. And you don’t need a lot of space to get started. In fact, you can start a farm right in your own backyard! If you’re thinking about starting your own backyard farm, here are a few things to consider. What do you want to grow? The first step is to decide what you want to grow. Do you want to grow fruits and vegetables? Herbs such as stinging nettle? Flowers? Once you know what you want to grow, you can figure out how much space you’ll need and what kind of soil you’ll need. How much space do you have? Do you have a large backyard? A small patio? No backyard at all? You can still start a farm! If you have a large backyard, you can probably grow…

Farm My Yard

December Newsletter

Farm My Yard

December Newsletter with info about How to use Nextdoor.com to spread the word!  Learn about the Pollinator Parkway Movement December 2016 Greetings! I hope your Fall/Winter is going well. here’s our current newsletter. I wanted to write you a quick note about one way I think we can get Farm My Yard going with more people. That’s Nextdoor.com. If you’re already a member of Nextdoor, you probably know what a potent tool for neighborhood organizing it is. If not, here’s a short article I wrote about it awhile back.  If you’re looking for someone to Farm your Yard – try posting on Nextdoor. If you’re looking to farm someone else’s yard – try posting on Nextdoor. Also, if you just want to encourage others in your neck of the woods to get busy ripping out their lawns and making the world more habitable for us and other species – post something…

Backyard Sharing


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….