Lawn to Garden contest

15 Mar

This is happening in Burlington, Vermont.

This is why they want to motivate homeowners to try their hand at a green thumb:

  • A well-maintained vegetable garden can yield an estimated half-pound of fresh produce per square foot of garden per growing season.
  • Growing your own food and flowers is the ultimate in local sourcing. You can’t get fresher, safer or less expensive produce.
  • It’s a great way to spend time outdoors, and you get to share your bumper crop with your neighbors!
  • The pollution emitted from a lawnmower in just one hour can equal the amount from a car driven for 350 miles.
  • The average lawn requires 8,710 gallons of water per year. An acre of organic vegetables requires approximately 3,333 gallons. That’s a savings of 5,377 gallons of water per year!
  • The average American lawn is extremely resource intensive, using much more equipment, labor, and fuel, and up to ten times as many chemicals per acre as industrial farmland

Can you imagine…?

Click here to learn more.

2 Responses to “Lawn to Garden contest”

  1. Simillima March 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    I love your blog!
    I’ve just been reading Food Not Lawns by H.C. Flores and highly recommend it. I’m happily transforming a good amount of our lawn into garden beds using the “lasagna garden” method. You lay cardboard (free of writing) right on top of the grass, and layer soil and compost and straw over that until you have a nice deep raised bed. The cardboard smothers out the grass, breaks down into more soil and saves a lot of labor! One down, 10 more to go…
    A kind friend is letting me dig up dirt from her chicken coop, that is really rich from all the chicken poop! It’s a dirty job, but our summer vegetables will be amazing!

  2. butterbeanskitchen April 2, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    You are an inspiration Rebekah! Thank you for sharing..

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