Describes the goals behind our 1,000 Backyard Farm campaign, along with a brief review of several other similar local food movements, economic implications, and ideas for the new backyard farmer association.
Hungry MotherOrganicsBeing implemented by a partnership between the Truckee-based non-profit F.O.C.U.S and Hungry Motherwww.1000backyardfarms.org
Our goal is to arm interested citizens with the knowledge that will enable them to grow their own food and, in turn, help their neighbors do the same. Ourfirst benchmark is to work to get 1,000 friends, neighbors, community centers, etc to grow their own food. ~250 per year (Is 1,000 too modest a goal?)
“Backyard Farming” is: ¡ Any amount of personal food growth ¡ Gardening, in your yard or windowsill, in large raised beds or in small containers ¡ Small space gardening, container gardening, square foot gardening, micro-farming….
¡ It is fun and immensely rewarding¡ Tastes great, is healthier & safer and provides variety¡ It is educational!¡ Saves you trips to the grocery store - saving you time and money!¡ Increases self-sufficiency¡ Communities save by keeping production and consumption local¡ Others?
Thereare examples throughout the country of communities coming together to grow their own food and to share that food locally with neighbors and other community members
In the mid-1980s the Dervaes family started this urban garden in themiddle of Pasadena.
Urban Homestead at a Glance: Location: Northwest Pasadena, one mile from downtown Pasadena House: Simple, wood frame craftsman bungalow. Circa 1917. 1,500 sq. ft. Garden Size: ~ 1/10 acre (3,900 sq.ft. / ~ 66 x 66) Garden Diversity: Over 350 different vegetables, herbs, fruits & berries Productivity: Up to 6,000 lbs harvest annually on 1/10 acre***
Using a model of cooperative farming, the Living Lands AgrarianNetwork is a non-profit organization that offers training and mentorshipto the next generation of farmers.
The city of Albuquerque is trying to get 2012 new gardens by 2012. Theirmission is to help new gardeners learn how to grow fruits and vegetablesin their backyards and on their terraces. They want to see growingnutritious food become possible for everyone.
BarbaraKingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, calculated that the value of the vegetables, chickens and turkeys her family harvested during a year of labor on their small farm was $4,410. www.animalvegetablemiracle.com
Churchill Vineyards Custom Gardens CSA Full Circle Compost Great Basin Basket CSA Great Basin Community Food Coop Grow For Me Sustainable Farm and Teaching Center CSA Home Grown Nevada - organic grass fed beef Hungry Mother Organics Lattin Farms Local Harvest Mayberry Farm - an urban farm Mewaldts Organic Produce NanaDew Herb Farm CSA Nevada Grown Nevadas Own Perennials (and veggies) Reno Egg Info from Local Food Rise and Shine Farms CSA Northern Nevada website. River School - learn to grow your own Shaw Family Farm Sierra Valley Farms Slow Food Lake Tahoe Tahoe Ridge Winery
4th Street Bistro 775 Gastropub Adeles Carson City Back of the House Bistro 7 Buckbean Brewery - local beer Cheese Board Daughters Cafe Dish Cafe and Catering Great Basin Brewing - local beer Sezmu Silver Peak Brewery - local beer The Hub Coffee Co.
Mapping Project Gardening Contest Backyard Farmer Association ¢ Providing Volunteer Assistance to Community Groups ¢ Food & Tool Swap / Sharing ¢ Hungry Kids Organic Foods ¢ You take turns teaching
Backyard Farm Tour What topics would you like to discuss over the next few months? (Ex: Protecting your plants from the eternal wind) ?