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Casa Verde: Edible Estates

Got a big yard? Edible Estates wants to put it to good use. Founded by an architect named Fritz Haeg, the non-profit initiative remakes lawns into food-producing gardens. His reasoning: Front yards suck up precious amounts of water — not to mention work — but typically are used purely for decoration. He's already completed projects in Los Angeles and New Jersey, and he is about to embark on his fifth lawn makeover, in Austin, TX.

Haeg isn't out to transform every American yard. He sees the Edible Estates project as both statement-making art and a good deed. However, he hopes to encourage homeowners to start their own yard farms: The winners of his Edible Estates challenge 2007 will be featured in Haeg's book coming out next year.

True, growing your own fruits and veggies is a lot of work, but so is keeping up a giant, just-for-show yard. Plus, this way, you get to eat the bounty. What do you guys think of this idea?

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