November 6, 2008
You know eating local is good. Eating organic and fresh is good. Growing your own food would be super-good. But if you're like me, you're either too busy or completely uneducated in the ways of growing food.
Here is San Francisco there is an option. You can hire My Farm to plant an organic vegetable garden in your yard and maintain it for you. My Farm has been getting lots of national press for good reason. It is a clever idea!
Essentially, it is a decentralized urban farm. They grow vegetables in backyard gardens throughout the city. Each week they maintain your garden and harvest the produce in its peak. They leave the produce for you and sometimes combine the selections with other local My Farm plots for a larger variety. If you don't have a yard (and it needn't be big) you can join their CSA.
They use a method of gardening called permaculture, which is pretty cool.
"Permaculture is a set of sustainable design principles stressing the harmonious interrelationship of humans, plants, animals and the earth. Permaculture in your backyard looks like: organic techniques, heirloom vegetables, seed saving, water conservation, native plants, a model for the 21st century."