Got Yard? Farm it!

When it comes to farming, most people think of acres of land and row upon row of single crops. Even when it comes to gardening, many people think they need at least an acre or a large field. But that stereotype is shifting.

Today, there are an increasing number of backyard gardeners-turned-farmers. We polled our GardensAll community on who would like to garden for a living, and the results are that for approximately every one gardener who’s earning money from their farm or garden, at least twenty more would like to.

Based on that unscientific poll and how popular small-scale gardening books are within the Gardens All community, we’re guessing that 1 in 20 is a conservative figure. Bottom line:

Many people today would like to make their garden their business.

It’s inspiring to discover what’s possible and how much you can produce right on an urban lot with urban farming.

If you’re intrigued to discover what’s possible for your yard, you’ll enjoy this article and video on backyard farming.

We’re really enjoying this user-friendly garden planning app to plan out our garden vision.


What’s Possible with Back Yard Farming

Backyard Farming, also call Urban Farming and Suburban Farming, is a movement where average people in typical homes in neighborhoods, are turning part of their property, mainly part of their backyards into mini or micro farms and doing things like:

  • Growing all the salad ingredients they need for a year
  • Growing 100 pounds of potatoes on a tiny patio
  • Raising a couple of chickens for meat and/or eggs
  • Raising Tilapia fish to eat
  • Raising rabbits or quail for meat
  • Converting lawns into mini farms producing staple crops like corn and wheat
  • Using things like fences, walls, posts and garages to trellis things like grapes, squash, beans, and melons
  • Growing 100 pounds of garlic and selling it for $10 a pound at farmers markets
  • Raising bees and selling honey for $7 a pound at farmers markets
  • Making your own Beer, Wine, Meade, Cider or Brandy
  • Making Health1) and beauty products.
  • Making or growing products that can be sold on sites like Etsy, ebay, Amazon and Craigslist.

For tips on canning, preserving and fermenting your garden bounty, you may enjoy these articles.2) Also for a great step-by-step instructional DVD by a fabulous young homeschooling, homesteading mom, you may enjoy Kendra’s program:
Click here to visit At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond.

Source: TryBackyard

Next: an urban farm in just 1/4 acre!

How to Start an Urban Farm with JUST 1/4 Acre

Now we have a awesome video by Curtis Stone, author of The Urban Gardener. In this video, Curtis answers the question –

How do I start urban or backyard farming?

It is well worth your time to take the 6 minutes to watch Curtis assure aspiring “farm-preneurs” how they can get started on less than 1/4 acre.

So let us know if you’ll be giving urban/suburban farming a go.

If you’re interested in connecting with others who are doing—or seeking to do—this, send us an email. If there’s enough interest we’ll coordinate opportunities for us all to connect and learn from each other.

Before you go, if you’d like to see a lovely city yard greenhouse with some creative… er… adjustments for supporting cantaloupe, take 3 minutes to view the video below.

We hope you enjoyed learning of more of what’s possible for urban farming and backyard gardening in small. If you’re doing it, we’d love to hear from you!

GROWING FOR PROFIT: If you’re interested in learning about earning money from gardening or farming by networking with others who are—or want to be—we invite you to join our Facebook group: Planting for Retirement. We’re a new group of people interested in learning how to supplement our current or retirement income through growing something by sharing our wins, losses and lessons in the field. Come plan and plant for retirement with us… the sooner the better!

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