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In the News: Farms Sprout in Suburbia

The Wall Street Journal's "Green Acres II: When Neighbors Become Farmers" reports that a growing number of Americans are "turning grass into edible greens and maybe even greenbacks," by growing food in their front and backyards. Since 2006, in Boulder, CO, school-bus driver Kipp Nash has "uprooted his backyard and the front or backyards of eight of his Boulder neighbors," and spent his afternoons "planting, watering, and tending" these minifarms, growing vegetables like tomatoes, bok choy, garlic, and beets. Although not everyone in the neighborhood finds this suburban farming aesthetically pleasing, particularly not during the Winter months, the locally-grown food market has grown, leaving yard farmers with an opportunity to sell to nearby restaurants and other neighbors. Since land is expensive, and nearly a third of residential water goes to landscaping, the financial advantages of suburban farming are clear. But, environmentalists also support it because it "cuts the distance — and the carbon dioxide — needed to get food from farm to consumer." To see a video on the topic,



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MsMO MsMO 9 years
I will stick to large container to grow my own veggies, some vine and look really pretty.
livyc livyc 9 years
this is so rad. i have been wanting to plant more of anything (we aren't allowed to plant in the backyard of my apartment building)... my neighbors and i speculate that there are dead bodies lol. i would love to be able to do this and a worm box when i finally get a home of my own. this restores some of my faith in us as a nation
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i don't own a home yet but i've always planned to plant a robust garden in my back yard. the front yard is off limits for that kind of thing. but my granny's garden covered her entire back yard so i plan to follow in her footsteps. i already have a large potted garden on my apt. patio.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 9 years
lawchick lawchick 9 years
I have a vegetable garden in the backyard. I think it would be pretty cool to do it in the front yard, but I've read a lot of blogs about veggies (and pretty flowers) "mysteriously" disappearing at night! I would be pissed!
lovelipgloss lovelipgloss 9 years
I like this idea. I don't know about tearing up the entire yard, but I definitely want a garden once I'm living in a house and not this stinking apartment!
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