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Grow, Share, or Find a Garden with Sharing Backyards

Grow, Share, or Find a Garden with Sharing Backyards

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(OrganicJar) With the recession in full swing, many Americans are returning to their roots, literally, cultivating vegetables in their backyards to squeeze every penny out of their food budget. Having a garden is a great idea, but what if you have no land, no green thumb, SharingBackyards.com has it solved.

I first heard about this concept of pairing land owners with wannabe gardeners without land when a site in the UK called LandShare (http://landshare.channel4.com) launched. The concept is now in the US, and it’s called SharingBackyards.com.

Sharing Backyards encourages urban gardening by connecting those who have space to garden and are willing to share, with those who would like to have a gardening space. Access to local and healthy organic food for all is the goal of the sharing backyards program. I guess sharing really is caring in this network of shared gardens.

The site is still fairly new, so don’t get discourage if you don’t find a listing in your city. The best example was Washington DC.

If you’ve got a green thumb and are looking for a place to drop your seeds, or if you would like to share the wealth of your land, make sure to check them out.

My Thoughts:

Growing your own organic food is a wonderfully rewarding gift. Growing up in Iowa I was lucky to have grandparents who where farmers, and a father who taught me the importance of growing your own food. If you’ve never had a garden before, it can seem like an overwhelming task. Here is a great book, I highly recommend  The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food by Tanya L. K. Denckla.

Source: nbcwashington

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