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Help us help city dwellers transform their landscapes into tasty, sustainable AND beautiful mini-farms!
Created by

Krista Leraas

109 backers pledged $8,202 to help bring this project to life.

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fresh vegetables for food shelves

Your pledge can help us keep producing fresh food for food shelves! In this photo, Katie Dudzik & Kari Neathery of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association pose with a food shelf garden that they host at their offices. Food from this particular garden benefits patrons of the nearby Division of Indian Work's food shelf.

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the final push

Hey backers & soon-to-be-backers,

Well, we now have just 8 days & have yet to meet our goal. Now is the time for the BIG final push to coax a big, healthy bunch of backers out of the crowd. I'm hoping that each of you can help us to meet our goal by telling your friends, family, networks, etc. about us & our campaign. It's easy to do by using the handy links on the Project Home page. You can quickly & easily:

* Post it on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter
* Post a widget or link on your blog
* Send e-mail

Also, we finally finished a little video about Backyard Harvest & posted it tonight. Check it out & spread the word!

With mountains of gratitude for your ongoing support,
Krista

Success story: The Weavers grow it for themselves

When I first met in Anne Weaver in the spring of 2009, she was just starting on her urban homesteading journey. We sat down at her dining room table with gardening books scattered around us. She told me that although she had been doing a lot of reading, she still wasn't sure where to start. She hoped that having a Backyard Harvest farmer from whom to learn would give her the hands-on help that she needed to get to the next level. And so it was decided that the Weaver family would welcome a new addition - a full service, diverse vegetable garden in their front yard cared for by one of Backyard Harvest's trained & experienced urban farmers.

Throughout the 2009 growing season, Anne followed along with Farmer Grayce through planting, watering, weeding, pests, harvesting, more planting & more harvesting. She was so diligent in her observation that in 2010, she decided that she had learned enough to grow the garden on her own with occasional help from Grayce. And she was right!

Anne's South Minneapolis yard now includes three garden spaces - two for annual plantings & one for perennials. This summer she grew tomatoes, collards, corn, beans, peas & more. She also added perennials like rhubarb, raspberries & strawberries. Her plans for 2011? Anne says she'll do it again with Backyard Harvest's help & has learned even more from doing it on her own.

Backyard Harvest's mission is to strengthen the Twin Cities' urban food system - one yard at a time - by turning lawns into nourishing & healthy landscapes. This food system serves each of us whether we are growing 800 pound of our own vegetables each summer or dining at the cities' excellent restaurants. Anne & her family are an inspiring example of how to jump in with both feet to be active as both producers AND eaters - learning, growing & savoring along the way.

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the season so far

2010 has been a great growing year for us. For one thing, the weather has been top notch with cycles of rain, sun & heat producing vigorous gardens & lots of tasty produce for our participants. Farmers Andrew, Anders, Dina & Stefan have done an amazing job caring for these gardens.

Over 25 pounds have already been donated to local food shelves & the harvest keeps on comin'. I'm so proud of the volunteers who have been caring for one of our two food shelf gardens. They've done marvelous work together to provide fresh food to The Aliveness Project, an organization serving people with HIV/AIDS. Food shelf garden #2 is lovingly maintained by Farmer Anders who has also incorporated kids from Youth Farm & Market Project into his harvest days. This garden is hosted by the progressive Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association. We were recently rewarded for our work with a grant from the Seward Co-op Community Fund. This grant will keep our food shelf gardens providing garden-crisp veggies to those in need through 2011!

As you can see from previous updates, our partnership with the Rivertown Commons community is going splendidly.

Did I mention that our farmers are doing a great job? Plus, they are all fascinating people. Take some time to check our their bios on our blog: http://backyardharvest.wordpress.com/category/farmers/

Looking forward to sharing some photos & a video with you soon,
Krista

new reward added!

We just added a new reward thanks to the fine folks at PlantJotter.com. For a pledge of $100 or more, you get a subscription to our e-news, some garden art, an hour of our Garden Coaching service AND a 3-year subscription to PlantJotter, a personalized online garden journal! Good stuff!!!