The community-based support of a new concept that improves our quality of life and connects us to our neighbors.

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Information Artwork: YIMBY

Information Artwork: YIMBY

Location: Roof of Bastille Café, Ballard Neighborhood, Seattle, Washington
Featuring: Colin McCrate

Y.I.M.B.Y. stands for “Yes in My Backyard”. It’s a community-based support of a new concept that improves a community’s overall quality of life and reconnects each individual to their neighbors.

Colin McCrate believes in the principles of hyperlocal food production, which he defines as: “Food grown, processed and consumed at the neighborhood level of community.” Coin says, “almost any city neighborhood can produce vegetables, fruits, small livestock (chickens, goats) and sweeteners (honey) for its residents. Some people want a more nutritious diet.  Others want to save money on grocery bills.  They might be serious cooks who’ve discovered that fresher food tastes better, or concerned mothers suspicious of a food system that recalls large quantities of vegetables each year. Regardless of the original intent, as people begin growing food, they embrace these ideas.”

Colin plants gardens in single family homes, on restaurant rooftops and patios, on Condominium rooftops, and in apartment complex courtyards. He grows things like hakurei furnips, french breakfast radishes, regiment spinach, flat-leaf Italian parsley, surrey arugula, spearmint, deer tongue bibb lettuce, winter density romaine lettuce, Nancy butter head lettuce, and peppergrass.

Front Yard Farmer

Front Yard Farmer

Featuring: Trathen Heckman, and his neighbors Mark and Roger
Location: Trathen’s Front Yard Petaluma, CA

A Front Yard Farmer: One who transitions a conventional, ornamental and sterile plot of earth into a place to grow food, medicine and wonder (this lush, productive, resilient and beautiful urban ecosystem also inspires and engages the neighbors).

What is Trathen growing? Dino kale, strawberries, amaranth, chocolate persimmons, Napa cabbage, Cape Gooseberry. Trathen helped plant 628 gardens in a single weekend.

Trathen's neighbor, Roger is growing chocolate persimmon, Napa Cabbage, Cape gooseberry, and Lapin cherries

Lose your lawn (or driveway) and create and edible garden!
1. If you have a lawn, poke holes in it with a pitchfork and sprinkle rock powders to mineralize the earth (for driveways go to #3)
2. Wet and cover the lawn with cardboard and add 1 foot of mulch (use mallard manure if available)
3. For driveways, start with 6-18 inches of wood chips, then add a thin layer of compost and coffee grounds to enhance soil fertility and organic matter
4. Shape into beds and fill in paths with wood chips
5. Plant joyously (don’t forget to water)

Trathen says that self-sufficiency begins with reclaiming sufficient sense of self. Caring for and connecting to the earth while producing beautiful, nutrient rich food and meeting more of our needs is a vital aspect of becoming self-sufficient. Any food and medicine you can grow, even in a pot on a window sill, will grow you more whole and self-reliant, like this garden does for Trathen.

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