A Story of What’s Possible
If you’re into yard gardening, here’s what’s possible when you swap grass for food. Now gardening is work. This is not about an easy way to make money or to feed your family. But it is about how it’s possible to do so much more with less in urban gardening, and once the harvests start coming in… most agree that it’s totally worth it because there’s nothing better than home grown organic food.
An Urban Farm Earning $20,000 per Year While Feeding a Family of Four!
This is one of our favorite urban farms success stories. If you’re looking to save money and eat healthier… perhaps even to make money from your yard, you will enjoy this article and video.
Editor’s Note: Now, if you’ve heard this story before, you’ll know that there was some tabloid stuff flying around about fighting over the trademarking of names, such as Urban Farming.
We’re not interested in getting into the weeds of the politics on this one. Rather, we’re keen to share what’s possible on small patches of land. So let’s focus on that and learn what we can.
Typical North American backyards have a lawn area and shrubs. Some have flower beds and perhaps a few have a small garden plot or patio tomato plants. These kinds of yards costs money to maintain yet produce no food value.
Even if you don’t want to farm your yard for a living, it just makes sense to at least grow foods you can consume. Forget what you know about the typical grocery produce offerings. That represents just a fraction of good food to grow and eat in your yard garden and edible landscape.
But back to the 1/10 acre urban homestead. That’s 4,356 square feet of space, earning $20,000/year while also feeding a family of four. If you like breaking down numbers, further, that’s $4.59 per square foot of space earnings. Many lawns cost that each year in lawn care.
This is done without the use of the expensive and destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used.
Scaled up to an acre, that could equal $200,000 per year!
Now granted, they’re in LA with a year-round growing season. That’s an important consideration for those of us not in that climate or growing zone. We’d have to calculate and plan crops accordingly, so you might include in your calculations whether it may be beneficial to invest in a greenhouse.
In an article and interview with the author of The Market Gardener, Jean-Martin Fortier, JM advises on the advantages of taking out a loan to get a greenhouse for faster growth. He makes a really good point about how that investment, could pay for itself in the first year. You may be interested in tuning into that article and interview as well.1)
Foodscaping, landscaping, yard gardening and replacing lawns for vegetable gardens is a gaining ground in urban and suburban settings. It’s a good thing too, because, well… it’s just normal. In fact, far more normal and practical than spending money on lawn maintenance! So if you’re in the suburbs with a Home Owners Association that won’t allow it, you may want to read the article we’re written on that.1)https://www.gardensall.com/gardens-not-allowed-hoa-homeowners-associations-and-yard-gardens/
Get ready to be inspired and consider what’s possible for you and your family. There are many “hidden” benefits in this approach as well.
Homegrown Revolution – The Road to Freedom
Before we get to the inspiring video, as we searched for images to share of people who are transforming their lawns into edible gardens, we found this inspiring book on a man who specializes in transforming lawns to productive yard gardens: Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn.
If you’ve got a typical American urban backyard you could be growing most of your food like this family is doing. It’s amazing what they’re producing on just 1/10th of an acre!
Jules Dervaes says that urban gardening is the road to freedom:
“In our society, growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can—and will—overturn the corporate powers that be.”
“By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one most essential thing to change the world…
We change ourselves.”
We look forward to your thoughts. This is bound to have sparked some creative ideas and ponderings, and we enjoy hearing them, so please comment on the GardensAll Facebook page.
If you enjoyed this, you will also enjoy these other articles on related topics.2)https://www.gardensall.com/an-urban-farm-is-possible-even-if-you-dont-have-much-land/3)https://www.gardensall.com/extra-income-from-gardening-heres-a-business-idea-ready-to-bloom/4)https://www.gardensall.com/ways-to-make-money/
You will also enjoy a visit to the UrbanHomestead.org website to learn more about the Dervaes’ family farm.5)
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