Organic Farming in the Backyard
Meet two organic farmers who have developed a thriving enterprise growing organic produce in urban environments and household gardens in Portland, USA. Robyn Streeter and Donna Smith started out with a simple idea which has led them to develop highly successful organic mini-farms in people’s gardens and backyards.
Robyn tells it like it is. “People have lawns, space in their gardens, and they want natural organic food. Households get to see what’s happening, they get to know their farmer personally, and they get to walk into the garden and choose the food they want to eat.”
Donna recalls how quickly people responded to this idea, and how rapidly the enterprise became a real success. She particularly enjoys the variety of what she does, tending to approximately 25 mini farms means that every day is different because each plot varies from the next with differing soils and thus differing crops.
Robyn gives her insight into why and how their business of organic mini-farms has become so popular. She believes that people are much more aware of where their food is coming from, and what food they feed their family. As the organic and green movement gathers momentum, people are proud to become part of it, and recognise the benefits it has for each individual.
Locally grown produce is, and should be, increasing in popularity. More and more people are aware of the downsides of long distance transportation and carbon footprints. Donna believes communities should be growing more produce for themselves but may be limited by space restrictions. A garden mini-farm offers the perfect opportunity for natural homegrown organic produce.
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