Memphis Backyard Farmer


Spreading The Word
May 5, 2014, 9:16 pm
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This Year's Starts

If you’re connected to this blog, then like me, you probably like fresh, great-tasting food, gardening, nutrition, and the (natural) science of where your food comes from. Part of the reason I blog is to keep a running journal of what I’m doing, but also to let people know how easy it is to grow your own food, especially in a small space. We need to spread the word!

So in the spread-the-word department, a couple of things that might be of interest to you.

First, I’ve found that a great way to get people started gardening is to lower the barriers of entry. One of those barriers is knowing what kind of plants to buy, where to buy them, and how to get them cheaply. So many people just don’t know what to buy, and they’re intimidated by their lack of knowledge and the price of good plants at their local big box hardware store. To the rescue! This is now the third year I’ve had a plant giveaway at my church. Yesterday I gave away close to 80 tomato and pepper plants. I start the seedlings for myself each year, and honestly it’s so cheap and easy to do that there’s no reason not to produce a surplus. For each of the last three years I’ve added to the number of seedlings I’ve planted. I pick what I want for myself then take boxes of plants to church with a “Please Take Me Home” sign taped on. People are thrilled to get them, even folks who have never gardened before, and it opens up all kinds of opportunities for conversation. I get to tell them why I plant heirlooms, the organic methods I use, what kind of care their plants need at home, etc. If you’re handy with seed-saving or seed-planting, let me encourage you to plant for surplus, and give away as many as you can.

Second, over the weekend I received an unsolicited email with a link to a great infographic about micro-farming. I love infographics. It saves me from having to do any serious reading <grin>. But seriously, give it a look at http://www.superscholar.org/backyard-micro-farming/, and share it with your friends. Oh – and do the reading. If you scroll below the (long) graphic, there’s some good background to the numbers and concepts.

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What a kind, wonderful thing the Take Me Home box is – great way to spread the word!

Comment by Lunar Euphoria

Excellent! That’s good work you’re doing. Bravo! This is a great way to grow the movement.

We just helped encourage some folks to start a raised bed garden by showing them how ridiculously easy it is to get started.

Comment by Bill

Fantastic, Bill. I think there are so many folks who want to grow their own food, but are just intimidated by lack of knowledge. They just need someone to come alongside and give ‘em a hand. Those people are harder to come by these days. Good work!

Comment by memphisbackyardfarmer

What great work you are doing! I always overdo it in the seed planting arena, probably bc I am not realistic in deciding how many plants I can reasonably care for. But once things do grow I have plenty to give away. Thanks for helping folks dive into gardening!

Comment by mindfulmagpie




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