SPIN Farming, and it just felt "right" somehow.
It's not that I don't think my work is meaningful or fulfilling, but I think that I need to do something with tangible results, in tune with nature's rhythms. For a long time, I thought this meant leaving the city & landing somewhere rural, & trying to make a life there. This caused a lot of consternation, but I've come to realize that there is huge potential here, and I want to take steps to make this city the city that I want to be in. This includes right livelihood, community, and local food. So naturally, why wouldn't I farm other people's backyards?
I'm not the only one who's crazy. Ward Teulon, aka City Farm Boy, has, for the past few years been farming his neighbour's backyards, and making a go of it. Granted, his wife is a lawyer so he is lucky that he needn't make a huge amount, but according to the SPIN folks, it is doable.
So, I haven't figured out how to make a full on SPIN operation work for me in terms of dollars just yet, but I visited with Ward today & while we harvested kale, basil, parsley, potatoes, and daikon, we discussed options. He suggested that starting really small, with a friends and family CSA would be possible with not much borrowed land, and while keeping my current job to make a living. How exciting! I'll be taking Ward's crash course in urban farming in October.
So, my question to you is.... do you or someone you know:
a) live in my neighbourhood, or close to it (Grandview-Woodland, Hastings Sunrise, or Trout Lake areas)
b) have a piece of back or front yard you aren't using that you'd be willing to let me farm in exchange for veggies, a CSA share, or rent
c) Have said land that gets min. 6 hours of sunlight a day, access to a water tap, beyond the dripline of large trees, and available for at least all of next season (Feb. to November)?
Would you be interested in buying a garden share for the 2010 season? I'm just throwing ideas around, so no ideas yet as to how many shares, what would be grown, or how much it would cost. All depends on the land and time available.
Names I've thrown around include:
"Kristi's Eastside Edibles"
"Kristi's URban VEggies (KURVE)"
"Backyard Local Organic Community (BLOC) Farms"
etc. etc. Hooray for busy minds late at night :-S
Am I crazy? It's ok to say so :-)
Would love to hear your thoughts and words of wisdom.
Happy gardening, and happy harvest season!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Recently, I've harvested tons of tomatoes, some beets, potatoes & carrots, and just planted the fall greens (mustards, brassicas, lettuces & such) a couple weeks ago.
See more photos of the bounty on my Flickr set.