Sometimes in my country living mode I forget that not everyone has the opportunity to garden and grow some of their own food. Many people in cities–even in smallish towns!–live in apartments, basement suites, or townhouses with no yard at all. Add in all the other renters who don’t have the freedom to dig up their yard, and you have a lot of people without the option of gardening.
Have you ever heard of sharing backyards? It’s the concept of connecting the folks who’d like to garden with those in their own neighborhood who have available yard/garden space. Programs are available in many Canadian cities and several others in the USA and New Zealand. It’s free to sign your town up. All the details are on the website, including FAQs that specifically address privacy issues. Check it out!
What a great idea! Not only will food be grown in more backyards, this program brings neighbors together. It helps cross generation barriers, create friendships, and provide teaching opportunities. It may help older folks stay in their own homes for longer because their yards won’t be a burden on lessening abilities.
Question: Do you grow any of your own food? If not, would a program like this be a benefit in your neighborhood?