FLEET FARMING: One terrific template for hyper-local food production

So great! These enterprising Florida folks are demonstrating how to transform back lawns into gardens and make local food production a win/win for everybody involved. YES!

P.S. I realize that Fleet Farming is being introduced gradually so as not to scare people, but . . . How about front lawns, too? And side lawns? I’ll never forget the city council meeting here when one councilman just asked, as an aside, when the council was deciding ordinances for urban gardening, “and side lawns and front lawns, too, right?” He did that oh so casually, which is probably why his amendment rolled on through.  

Why front and side lawns? Not only because that’s more area for growing power, but because the more we garden in places where others can see us, the more neighbors tend to congregate. We know. We’ve found that out. 

Even better than Fleet Farming will be when each neighborhood self-organizes its own urban or suburban farm. That’s what we’re demonstrating here in Bloomington Indiana — www.greenacresvillage.org —  though it takes longer to “convert” groups of people who live in the same neighborhood than it does one house at a time fanned across different neighborhoods. Both models are terrific, and necessary, if we intend to shift from centralized, unsustainable, poisoned, GMO’ed food production and transportation to decentralized, hyper-local connectedness on every level.  

Via cousin Ben.

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