Eating locally and seasonally is more than just a foodie trend. It’s actually one of the most important movements in food and environmental security today.
Yardsharing – Connecting Landowners with Gardeners
While lots of people want to grow their own food on the land they have, they don’t always have the expertise. Others know how to do it but don’t have the land to grow on.
Few people have it all, and that’s where “yardsharing” comes in. It’s a cottage industry that creates win-win partnerships that reach far beyond in-town garden plots.
From opposite sides of the country, we visit with groups doing this in a big way and reaping the rewards of these symbiotic relationships through their journey. These are the young urbanites who are changing the way we grow and eat.
Eating Locally at Your Favorite Restaurant
More and more restaurants are embracing the locavore movement and are sourcing a lot of their fresh produce from local farmers.
But some, like the one we visited in Atlanta for this episode, are growing their own herbs, fruits, and vegetables in a garden they maintain right on sight.
Meet restaurant owner Jenny Levison. She started her own 1-acre no-till raised bed garden in downtown Atlanta on an old bus depot parking lot right next to her restaurant, Souper Jenny. A food garden right next to the restaurant? It doesn’t get more local than that!
Jenny’s restaurant garden not only provides fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs to her customers, but she also uses it as an educational tool to teach the community how easy it can be to grow their own fresh food.
She says having the garden on sight sparks conversations about the price and origins of the food we eat.
Links & Resources
Growing a Greener World YouTube Episode 1208: Locavores & Yardsharing
Growing a Greener World Newsletter sign-up
The joe gardener Show Podcast Episode 104-A Field Guide to Urban Gardening, with Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening
The joe gardener Show Podcast Episode 158-The Agrihood Movement: Cultivating Food & Community with Farmer D
The Online Gardening Academy and Master Seed Starting Notification Signup
The joe gardener Amazon Storefront
The joe gardener Show podcast – Apple Podcasts Preview Page for the entire catalog of Joe’s episodes and reviews
10 Steps to Becoming a Locavore
City Ordinances Changing to Allow Sale of Homegrown Foods
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