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Gardening Partnerships

If you have a spot in your city yard that could be used as a garden but isn’t being used, you are not alone. Many people with the space don’t know how or are not inclined to make the commitment, no matter how tasty the rewards. If you fall into one of these categories and would like to see that soil put to good use, you now have a couple of unique options.

Garden Sharing
The first is to share your garden plot with an avid gardener in your neighbourhood. There are many people in apartments who would love to muck about in the dirt and many are willing to share their knowledge and the fruits of their labour for the privelege. Sharing Backyards offers an online matching service to connect yard owners with gardener-wanna-be’s.

Really, it’s an online matchmaking service for green thumbs. One partner has the skills, inclination and sweat equity, the other partner has the dirt.

It took some digging to determine that Sharing Backyards is a Vancouver City Farmer initiative in partnership with Life Cycles. It’s a great concept and I hope it takes off.

Garden Leasingcityfarmboy
Another option is to have a gardening company come in and grow the garden for you. City Farm Boy grows organic produce in private backyards for sale at local farmers markets. And, as the garden owner, you get paid in veggies that you can enjoy without ever having to worry about breaking a sweat.

It’s all the perks of enjoying the look and harvest of a garden, without needing to read any how-to books or remember to turn on the sprinkler. This would be my approach if I hadn’t decided to launch the Urban Gardening Experiment of 2009.

I love the creative and collaborative solutions these organizations have come up with to help us urbanites make better use of the land we have all around us. They really couldn’t make it any easier.

Go ahead, give them a call!

Food Security for the Faint of Heart

I met Robin Wheeler, author of Food Security for the Faint of Heart this weekend, giving a presentation at the Vancouver City Farmer urban gardening information centre. In her discussion about the book, it struck me that what she calls “food security” is really just the “stocking up for winter” that my mother and grandmothers did on a regular basis.

The book starts with an earthquake scenario, a bit of shock and reality to catch people’s attention, but many of the things she writes about, including her gardening tips and tricks, would help any family that wants to take full advantage of the garden plot out back in the yard.

It’s an easy, humourous read absolutely full of useful information that no home gardener/home canner should be without.