Turning Yards into Gardens & Neighborhoods into Communities by Food Not Lawns & Heather Jo Flores

Just happened across this group in my research and this is in an awesome initiative in both food production and permaculture. Urban and suburban communities could make a huge impact on local food production and the environment.

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Lawns are the Worst!

Americans spend over $30 billion every year to maintain over 40 million acres of lawn. Yet over 40 million people live below the poverty level. Even if only ⅓ of every lawn was converted to a food-producing garden, we could eliminate hunger in this country.

Lawns use more equipment, labor, fuel, and agricultural chemicals than industrial farming, making lawns the largest (and most toxic) agricultural sector in the United States. Lawnmowers burn more fuel every year than all industrial oils spills of the last twenty years, combined. Growing Food Not Lawns is a beautiful, responsible and empowering step towards finding real solutions to the major problems we face as a global society.

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2 thoughts on “Turning Yards into Gardens & Neighborhoods into Communities by Food Not Lawns & Heather Jo Flores”

    1. This is usually the first argument given for any change to the urban or suburban landscape. Your question states “…how many more mice and rats…” signifying that there is currently an issue with rodents without gardens. Could that be because of the lack of pest management for a community, or is it a lack of concern by the general populace of the community.

      Apathy and complacency are usually the biggest culprits when it comes to pest control. It doesn’t take a huge number of people in a community to not give a rodent’s posterior as to the looks or cleanliness of the community. I would say that more in a community fall into this category than that of being conscientious. Using proper trash cans, keeping trash picked up beyond ones own little world, cleaning up after pets, etc are just basic responsibilities of being a part of the community. If these things were happening on a regular basis the argument would be moot.

      Most gardeners I know, are very “on-purpose” people. We would not take the time, effort, and money to maintain a garden only to allow it to be foraged by unwanted rodents. This type of individual is the same type that will take the time to use proper trash cans, pick up litter around the community, and clean up after their pets regularly. Even very small gardens in an urban community can have a huge impact on food production for the family and even the community.

      How many elderly or disabled on a fixed income still live in urban areas? How many have been reduced to eating only what they can afford, which is not sufficient to maintain a more healthy lifestyle. Could a few fruits or vegetables from a neighbors garden have a significant impact on them? Communities should pull together to better themselves, but also to help those who cannot help themselves.

      We cannot, should not, and must not look to the Government to be the savior of our neighborhoods and communities. We must take actions to do what we can to grow stronger, productive communities. I believe, urban and suburban gardens are just one step in doing that. Rats can be controlled, but not through Government programs, it must start with building the community.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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