Sharing Backyards – Share to grow
People have begun to share their backyards in order to produce more homegrown foods. In North America and Canada this activity has been extended by using online technologies linking people with unused yard space to grow food.
Access to land is believed to be one of the biggest barriers to food production as stated by Patrick Hayes from MapsWest. Land must be local for the gardeners while trust is also important enhanced through proximity. The â€˜Sharing Backyards’ concept aims to make maximum use of the city by identifying wasted space suitable for food production.
Sharing backyard sites apply geocoding and web mapping technologies to reveal potential garden plots. Sharing backyard sites include www.sharingbackyards.com, www.cityfarmer.org/sharing_backyards, www.lifecyclesproject.ca/initiatives/sharing_backyards.
This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems,’ case studies by Ferne Edwards