Abe of VelaCreations.com sent us this tip about a super-efficient growing system. You might remember that we profiled his new sustainable gardening/homesteading book a few months back.
Food not lawns: urban gardens in Eugene, Oregon yards
“Every year, 58 million Americans spend approximately $30 billion to maintain over 23 million acres of lawn, using more pesticides per acre than agriculture. According to Heather Flores, author of Food Not Lawns, the water consumed by U.S. lawns- 270 gallons/week- could support “81 million acres of organic vegetables, all summer long”. Perhaps its time to rethink the American yard. There are increasingly more groups- like Food Not Lawns, Edible Estates, locavores, 100 mile diet- urging homeowners to mow less and plant more.
A Farm for the Future
Excellent 5 part documentary. Highly recommended.
“BBC documentary on the precient global farming and food crisis, filmed in the UK.
Featuring Martin Crawford (Agroforestry Research Trust), Fordhall Farm, Richard Heinberg and others.