Source: Local Futures
Many people have a lawn and would love to see food grown on it, but don’t have the time or expertise. Other people are itching to get their hands in the soil, but don’t have or can’t afford their own land. Enter yard sharing programs – connecting these two groups and enabling more food gardens to flourish.
- If you have an unused lawn, invite neighbors without land to grow food on yours.
- If you don’t have land, offer to create and maintain a garden in a neighbor’s yard.
- Check out Shared Earth (US), an online platform that “connects people who have land, with people who want to garden or farm,” as well as Farm My Yard (US) offering similar resources and ideas.
- Build a lawn-sharing system for your whole community using Utah Yard Share’s toolkit Share a Yard as a model.
- Liberating Lawns in Toronto, Canada connects Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) young farmers with landowners.
- Farm it Forward in Sydney, Australia connects urban and suburban landowners with young people interested in farming. The landowner gets a weekly box of fresh produce, and the young gardeners gain valuable growing experience and a stipend. All excess produce is sold locally, and all funds are dedicated to continue employing young people to grow food.
- The nonprofit Fleet Farming, in Orlando, US converts the lawns of private homes into market gardens. Volunteers maintain the garden and share the harvest between homeowners and low-income farmers markets.
- The Back-Farms program in Salt Lake City, US “connects volunteer Garden Apprentices with senior citizens to build, cultivate, and maintain organic gardens in their backyards, providing a hands-on educational experience, connections, and fresh, local produce to all participants.”