There’s a movement that dares to ask the question, “Why Do You need a Front Yard Anyway?“
The American front yard has long defined boundaries and created separation between urban and suburban neighbors. The yard has also been the pride and joy of many homeowners as they manicure the “weed-free” lawn they have created.
Yet, there is a project known as “Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn” created by Fritz Haeg, who dares to challenge the entire “front yard” concept.
I am not here to endorse or denounce this organization or creator, nor do I intend to demonize the idea of the “front yard”, rather to bring the question to light and examine it.
It’s an interesting concept, using the front yard to grow our own food. People in third world countries who visit the US are often fascinated at why Americans “grow” grass rather than food.
There’s a rich history of the “Victory Garden” in this country, typically seen as a necessity of war. To ease the burden of producing enough food for our soldiers fighting in WWII, civilians took to growing a portion of their own food right at home.
Often, rabbits and chickens were introduced to the urban setting, again out of necessity. Our grandparents remember these days well.
Yet, somewhere along the line, we lost contact with our food. ”The Industrial Revolution” took men and women away from the farm and into the cities to work. As a society, we became more and more comfortable letting someone else create our food, distancing ourselves from farming for “better things”.
Hindsight is always 20/20 and 2012 brings a new generation of Americans who question that reasoning.
I, for one, deeply desire to reconnect with my food. Being raised on Fruit Loops and Pop Tarts, I grieve over my years spent eating “junk”. But I didn’t know….many of us, we didn’t know.
Maybe you’ve wondered the same things in your life. Perhaps unemployment (or under-employment) has caused you to question the “status-quo” and wonder if there could be a better way to sustain yourself and family.
Get these books from your library and do some reading. Ask yourself where you fit in. Find unity with your spouse and create your own “Victory Garden” this year. This could be the first year of your “Urban Farmer” self!!
Have I got your creative farmer juices flowing??? What are your thoughts?
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