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Heather Flores, Founder of Food Not Lawns
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Author:  Sky [ Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:01 am ]
Post subject:  Heather Flores, Founder of Food Not Lawns

Challenge The Monoculture of Lawn After Lawn After Lawn

"I would like to see our culture change so that keeping up with the Joneses means you're more sustainable." says Heather Flores, the founder of Food Not Lawns. They are a non profit organization that promotes the idea of growing food instead of wasting resources on grassy lawns.

"Lawns are the single largest agricultural sector in the country. They are responsible for more fertilizers and pesticides and herbicides and toxins into the river, erosion, run off, water waste, you name it. Petrochemicals. There's really nothing good that lawns are doing for the environment. It seems like it would make a lot more sense to use your land for something that benefits you as an individual vs. surrounding yourself with something that's poisoning you and your family." she adds.

She estimates that for every 100 square feet, you can generate 100 lbs of food. She says:"Food Not Lawns is a challenge to the homogenous monoculture of lawn after lawn after lawn"

Amen! Thank you Heather Flores for changing our cultural beliefs about especially suburban front lawns. They are out dated. They are quaint but useless (even harmful as she points out) holdovers from a time when only wealthy estates could have land to show off, that was manicured, that was used for croquet and tea time - and not used to grow food.

How much more beautiful it is to see fruit trees and flowers!

:clap :clap :clap

Author:  rutsuyasun [ Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Heather Flores, Founder of Food Not Lawns

Amen too. I have been putting small areas of food plants in my front yard for a couple of years. I have a larger garden in the back, but the front gets the most sun. I'm going to expand the front garden a little this year, and am also going to get back into canning, especially tomatoes.

Author:  Sky [ Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Heather Flores, Founder of Food Not Lawns

Well done on that effort Ruts!

Its the way to go and have access to your own organic produce.

We have no front or back garden. We live IN the garden - :roflmao

The only issue I have is that we have around 3 Ha of lawn around the place! Man - it takes time cutting all that grass.... :roll

Author:  Bluebonnet [ Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Heather Flores, Founder of Food Not Lawns

We've just begun purchasing seeds for this year's garden. :brockoli :banana

Veggie plants are appearing in the local nurseries, too.

BUT we are to have freezing temps a bit later this week. Sooooo we shall delay the Spring planting for a bit.

I'm fortunate to have an extremely large back yard. No one can see my veggie garden. Shhh! ;)

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