About this project
A few quotes:
"...the new social network "hyperlocavore," which blends bottom-up collaboration with food production. It's an example of peer-to-peer agriculture, and it's a pretty neat concept. Hyperlocavore just started, so you may not find yardsharing pals in your neighborhood -- so be the first. The founder of hyperlocavore wrote to me, saying that she thought this was a pretty "worldchanging" idea. I agree. Check 'em out."
"When you share with someone else you always get benefits back. My dear neighbor from childhood was the first to share her garden with me. She allowed me to help her pick peas and beans (of course I got to sample them) with her while she told me stories and just shared her life with me. That experience fueled my own gardening passion as I became a teenager but also the relationship with her gave me an anchor as I went through those teen years."
From Deborah Beise deb's big green planet
I launched hyperlocavore.com - a free yard sharing community to help people become more resilient and healthy where they live as the economy started to tank. People really needed tools and help to become more secure in response to the economic downturn and it's immediate impact on their lives. The response has been huge! Yard sharing is taking off across the country. Our work has been central to the explosion of interest in "sharing" solutions.
We give people the tools and supports necessary for anyone with a net connection and the English language to start immediately. People from all over sign up every day. No overhead, no city planning commission meetings or approvals, simply find a few people in your area with our help, start communicating with your group and soon after start growing your own fresh food with friends, family members, neighbors or members of your faith community.
Anyone who has tried to get a spot in a community garden knows the wait lists can be years long. Community gardens are often destroyed when developers take new interest in the land after a community has rebuilt a dead space. Community gardens have had trouble accommodating the upsurge of people interested in creating resilience by growing their own food and often the plots are too small to substantially supplement a family's diet.
People everywhere are becoming more concerned about the quality, safety and climate impact of their food choices yet for many of us eating organic food regularly is financially out of reach. We are about addressing this.
Yard sharing allows people to combine resources to bring down the cost of growing and eating fresh produce. It has been a criticism of the sustainable food movement that it does not connect with people who have trouble affording sustainably grown food. Yard sharing can help alter that disconnect. It has been estimated a family of four can save $2500.00 a year by growing their own but, many lack space, strength, skills, tools or time. Some of us have physical limitations which make it difficult to garden. Gathering in yard sharing groups can help in all of these circumstances.
People are also sharing fruits from trees, tools, seeds, cuttings and compost by creating neighborhood networks on hyperlocavore.com.
Young urban/suburban farmers have also started to use the site to find a client base for their neighborhood yard farms. Locavore chefs are signing up to find their own back yard garden suppliers.
Yard sharing gardens have a substantial list of benefits for people, families and communities:
- Yard sharing cuts down on greenhouse gases by limiting the travel time of fruit and vegetables to your table.
- Yard sharing is a great way to connect with your family, friends and neighbors.
- Yard sharing helps you eat more veggies.
- Yard sharing can be a workable solution for people with physical limitations who want to eat better and more cheaply.
- Yard sharing is an excellent way to teach children about food and biology.
- Yard sharing is a great way to get cheaper produce to older people on a fixed income.
- Yard sharing is a way to avoid pesticides and other chemicals on your food.
- Yard sharing is a fun physical outdoor activity to share.
- Yard sharing helps to create independent local food systems that are less sensitive to the price of oil.
- Yard sharing is a way to revive communities hit hard by the downturn by creating ways for communities to interact in resilience building activities.
- Growing things and breaking bread together breaks down the isolation of neighbors.
Yard sharing works for:
- apartment dwellers
- busy parents
- older people
- tree huggers
- farmers lacking land
- land holders lacking farmers
- curious kids
- folks with a disability
- people who want to get outside more
- people who want to make their community resilient
- people who like their food super fresh
- people worried about peak oil
We need your help.
We are currently hosted on a third party service which we have outgrown. The architecture is inadequate and too restrictive for the services and tools we want to offer our members in the near future. I am seeking funds to move the site onto another hosting service which is up to handling our growth strategy and our new tools, move the data to the new platform and to simplify and clean up the interface.
Without giving away too many details our next version will make the project much more self supporting, while we maintain the commitment to remain free to individuals and expand our offerings to other organizations.
We are also developing a packet of materials to better support the outreach work our members are already doing on their own initiative. The site and the idea already inspires great dedication from people we haven't had the pleasure to meet! These materials will make it much simpler for folks to get sharing projects up and running in their communities on a larger scale.
We are also working on a sharing workbook for download for a small fee to help support the site. The workbook will cover the preliminary work people should do before they commit to a relationship for growing season, agreement templates, garden planning and conflict resolution tools will be included. Conflict is inevitable, and it's critical to the success of sharing projects in general that folks have some help handling conflict productively.
The funds you pledge would go specifically to the projects I have outlined above.
You may be critical to the projects survival. Please take the time to read the press we've generated before making a decision because what we've been able to do with very little is just a preview of what we could do with your support. This is your opportunity to help people become more resilient and self sufficient wherever they live. Times are getting tougher. Building community over food security is something that works. Your pledge can help folks not just survive but thrive.. Please consider pledging sooner rather than later. It would be so helpful. The sooner we make our goal the sooner we can start working!
THIS CAMPAIGN IS ALL OR NOTHING: If donors like you collectively pledge at least $6,200, we get to keep it. If the collective donor pledges do not meet the $6,200 goal, we will not get to keep any of the funds pledged!
Please read our press clippings.
Or enjoy the pictures folks have posted of their gardens and gatherings.
If you love this project but cannot help by pledging please help us get the word out to as many people as you can by sharing this project page. We are relying on word of mouth at this time so everything you can do to spread the word is so important to keeping the project in motion.
Also please sign up on hyperlocavore.com and invite your friends and family. Who knows? Maybe your perfect garden posse is already signed up! You could be eating homegrown tomatoes by next July!
If you would like to see my background and experience please visit my LinkedIn page Of course, if you have further questions please send me a message!
Here are a few interviews I've done.
Podcast Interview with hyperlocavore on Vox
Video interview with hyperlocavore on Twitter Road
A deep thanks for your time and attention,
NOTE TO BLOGS OR OTHER WEBSITES I will be happy to link back to your site on our supporters page for a donation of any amount! Assuming you are a green business, DIY, frugal, green blogger or organization focused on sustainability. Send me an email if you have any questions!
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