The No-Work Way to Grow Your Own Food

As the local food craze has gotten rolling, more companies are popping up to help people grow food in their own backyards. For many busy folks the idea of getting a vegetable garden started might seem overwhelming. Now you can pay someone else to farm your backyard for you. Your Backyard Farmer serves Portland, Milwaukie and Lake Oswego. Check out this cute video describing their services.

A similar company is now getting started in the San Francisco Bay Area. MyFarm provides vegetable gardens to residents in San Francisco and the East Bay. They were recently featured in the SF Chronicle.

While I think these companies are providing a great service for those who really aren’t interested in learning to garden for themselves, I think it’s too bad that more people can’t make the time to learn some gardening basics. I realize that there are lots of folks out there with more money than time, but growing your own food can be a great pleasure and isn’t as difficult as people make it out to be. It wasn’t that long ago that most families in this country were farm families and grew the majority of their food themselves. All it takes is slowing down and taking the time each day to observe your garden, noticing changes and taking action. I love to watch my garden grow. Taking the time to notice changes in your plants slows down your persective and tunes you in to the wider world, the weather, the cycles of the moon, and what insects are flying or crawling around your little plot of land. Having a garden is so much more than simply getting fresh organic produce, although some fresh, sweet strawberries might be the catalyst that gets your butt into gear.

4 thoughts on “The No-Work Way to Grow Your Own Food

  1. David Smith

    Your Backyard Farmer seems to share your lament about people taking the time to learn to “grow yer’ own”. A second component of their business is doing once per month consulting for those who want to do exactly that, but lack the experience. In fact they have more consultant clients then full farm clients. There is hope yet!

  2. Garden Grrrl Post author

    Thanks David, I stand corrected. Sometimes I’m a little suspicious of the new “local food” fad, not because I disagree with eating local, but because it seems that people are quick to join in to fads, rather than taking the time to think things through for themselves. Then when the fad is over the move on to the next “big thing.” I really like the idea of teaching people to grow food because there is security in knowing how to do things for yourself. It freaks me out when my friends don’t know what a bean plant looks like. We live in farming country! MyFarm also mentions using permaculture techniques. I would think would include planting orchards or other perennial crops, which would also increase food security and decrease the amount of labor needed in relation to food produced.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *