Combine peak oil with 1,500 mile farm to table transportation costs and 10 calories of fossil fuel energy consumed for every 1 calorie of food energy produced, and you have the perfect formula for a looming food crisis. I’ve speculated in the past that we will have to return to the citizen farmer victory gardens of WWII to build a secure bridge to a more sustainable food delivery system, however a Colorado entrepreneur has demonstrated that there is money to be made in converting the front lawns of suburbia into the organic farms of the future.
Transforming Suburban Landscaping from Ornamental to Edible
Kipp Nash under the banner Community Roots has created a suburban front yard farm network in South Boulder Colorado’s Martin Acres neighborhood. Homeowners donate their yards and Nash replaces their front lawns with beautiful and edible organic vegetable plots. Nash manages all of the planning, planting, weeding, irrigating, and harvesting and the homeowners are paid in organic produce. Community Roots sustains its operation by selling excess produce at local farmers markets or through it’s own CSA.
This is a business model that is healthy, local, sustainable, profitable, ecological and destined to grow by duplication in communities around the nation.