What is Backyard Farming?
The Backyard or 'Urban' Farming movement is a celebration of a 'back-to-the-land' way of a thinking and acting. It is an empowering way to reconnect with your food source and get truly "local". It is a fun, exciting and fascinating pursuit, that not only bears fruit (as well as, veggies, eggs, honey and meat too!), but connects neighborhoods and the greater communities. Sharing these organic wholesome gifts with your friends and neighbors is a truly wonderful experience.
Your Backyard Farm can start as small as a raised planter box filled with Kale and Lettuce to a full edible landscape carefully designed and lovingly installed to produce a plethora of delicious organic produce and seasonal flowerings throughout the year.
These 'edible' landscapes also consider:
* Waste cycling and natural fertilizaton via composting
* Low-water use strategies via drip irrigation and soil building techniques/mulching.
* Gray-water systems recycling our waste-water to produce more food and reduce the demand on our local supply.
*Habitat planting for beneficial insects and pollinator species such as hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.
What are the benefits of backyard farming?
Year- Round Food. We can produce diverse delicious food ALL YEAR in The Bay Area!
Local. So much goodness outside your door - it doesn’t get more 'local' than your backyard!
Beauty. Nothing looks more beautiful than a garden filled with veggies, fruit and flowers.
Nutrition. Studies have shown that fresh, homegrown produce has higher nutrient value and superior flavor.
Variety. Keep the good seeds alive and grow a range of heirlooms varieties you can’t find in stores.
Save money. Easy access to your own food saves money at the market and at the pump.
Educational fun. The kids and the whole family will value farming skills for a lifetime - and it’s so much fun to watch food grow!
Sharing. Grow surplus food to share with neighbors, friends and the food bank.
Environmental health. You’ll lovingly support your local habitat, help reduce water usage and excessive energy consumption that conventional agriculture demands.