Imagine if you had an edible lawn. With rows upon rows of lettuces, tomatoes, eggplants, and carrots, all organic. You won’t need to use your car to get to the grocery store to get your food, you only have to walk out to your front yard and get what you need for free. And, your food wouldn’t need to travel miles away from a commercial farm to get to your table. Isn’t that just great? Now imagine the rest of your neighbors in your community have edible lawns too and these mini farms are accessible to everyone, wouldn’t that be a brilliant solution to consuming healthy, homegrown, local food?
Fortunately, this isn’t just a dream. It’s now a reality, thanks to Fleet Farming. Fleet Farming is a volunteer-based community program with the aim of transforming under-used residential lawns into small working farms. The program started in Orlando, Florida in 2014. Orlando currently has 12 of these residential farms, and more are set to appear.
How does it work? Any local resident can donate their lawn to Fleet Farming, entering into a two-year agreement. Volunteers are responsible for the cultivation and upkeep of the “farmlettes”, with the owner also pitching in financially to cover start-up costs. Hosts can get involved with the farming as much as they want to and get a portion of the harvest for free. The rest are sold in local produce markets. All of the proceeds from the sales go back into the organization to cover costs like seeds, compost, and irrigation.
Fleet Farming proves that environmentalists and experts aren’t the only ones who can create solutions that can make the world a better place. Ordinary citizens, whoever they are, can band together and start working on their own ideas to solving shared problems. It’s a revolution that changes the way we consume our food, and hopefully, more farmlettes will be popping up across America and all over the world in the near future.
To know more about Fleet Farming, check out this introduction video:
To get involved with Fleet Farming, go to their website.