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Land-sharing and land-fitting get more people growing food

Land-sharing, which brings people with large unused gardens
together with gardeners wanting space
, is the dreamchild of an organic farmer/chef/writer/localist in the U.K. described by Treehugger as a "national treasure" for us nonBrits.  Cool idea!  And he's not alone.  With the demand for garden space rising and availability of allotments diminishing, another group called Landfit is working along the same lines. 

Here's the story.

Posted by on January 17, 2009 at 10:33 am, in the category Eat This.
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5 responses to “Land-sharing and land-fitting get more people growing food”

  1. Anneliese says:

    This is a brilliant idea! I really hope it catches on. I wonder if anyone is attempting any similar programs on this side of the pond.

  2. Queenie says:

    I love Hugh ( as seen on Gordon Ramsay’s “The F Word) but I can see legal and safety issues – you would need to do CORI background checks on the strangers using your backyard, have legal forms done to protect the landowners from “injury” lawsuits etc, accessabilty issues ( do the gardeners have the right to access the property at any time, or when the landowner gives permission?) It’s an interesting idea, and one that sounds like the agreement my grandparents in the UK had during WWII when they let their neighbours use part of their large garden to grow vegtables. I have 1.7 acres, and a full time job, but I would be very wary of having strangers wandering around my property unsupervised when I am not home! I guess it would work for people who own a parcel of land not their home, but would need legal protection from unscrupulus people looking for a quick lawsuit!!

  3. Dave Demers says:

    Fun idea! Upon moving to Vancouver, BC, Canada, I found myself running my own design and landscaping business in the greater downtown, where I also live. With this overheated real estate market there was no way I could find any land anywhere closeby to grown my own ornamentals and veggies. I ended up plastering the city with posters and posting on craigslist an ad for unused yards and the response was quite surprising. I now use 3 yards for my own purposes: the owner gets a free, no-maintenance garden (I do ornamentals mostly) and I get to grow, propagate, photograph my own stuff in various environments. I do have a basic ‘lease agreement’ with the owners and all is fine so far. In line with eco-density, neighborhood feel, etc…

  4. wren says:

    They’re doing this on an organized scale in Vancouver, too, Dave!

    http://www.sharingbackyards.com

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