We educate, motivate, and connect folks with the information necessary to start farming their yard!
Thanks for visiting the Farm-A-Yard Patreon page! Thousands of people follow our work online, so you might already be aware of Farm-A-Yard — but if not, there's a lot of great information about us below.
Please watch our videos and read our page, and decide how important saving our food system is, and how valuable it will be to grow your own food — and become our patron. Any amount (your choice!) with the knowledge that the more support we get, the more we can produce. Also, please help us find more people who are interested! Your buddy with a green thumb, your friend who keeps posting about bees and plants — they're the people we would love to talk to!
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Food and water, everyone, every day! — Linda Borghi
The Farm-A-Yard ManifestoThe farm makes us human. People decided it made more sense to grow food where they lived rather than to hunt and gather. In fact, farming may have been the initial human act of rebellion — talk about a revolution!
In modern times, humans have strayed further from our food than at any time in our history We no longer have a relationship with the Earth beneath our feet and our children are having trouble identifying vegetables let alone eat them. We know we have some work to do so let’s just get on with it.
Eating is an agricultural act. Our buying power determines what farmers grow and we create demand with every bite that we take. For food to be grown and eaten to its potential, there must be a true desire to participate in agriculture that is rooted in ecological sustainability, and motivated by community, quality, and nutrition; not purely production and profit.
There are 40-million acres of lawn in the United States, making it the largest crop under irrigation by far, ten times more than corn! That is so SHORT-SIGHTED. It is gobbling up 40% of the drinking water on the East coast alone…...WHY? Status Quo….that’s why we, at Farm-A-Yard, want to change that in a big way.
We are on a mission to make more sense of our food sources , to create personal agriculture, where people have access to nutrient-dense food that is as close as their kitchen door and — they can ditch the grass and make some cash ta boot!
The mission of Farm-A-Yard is to encourage people to grow healthy soil which in turn will produce clean local vibrant food free of toxins and GMOs. We’re providing information on how to take control of your own personal agriculture, connect, and decentralize our food system, bring focus towards the qualitative value of food, and grow as much of it as we can!
We do this by using growing methods that are beyond organic. Our techniques are not just a holistic agricultural system, but a potent movement towards new thinking and practices in all aspects of life connected to food and agriculture.
Farm-A-Yard provides free content, a podcast, live videos, social media news, and blog articles, and will hold regular talks, webinars, and workshops in order to provide opportunities for people to learn the simple and powerful techniques of growing their own food for health and for the planet. We provide guidance on how to manage and grow your family’s food garden or small farming business, nourish soil microbes, balance minerals, test soil, and grow healthy soil, so that you can put them to work in your own urban homestead.
It is our sincere belief that if we apply the collective imagination, inspiration, and intuition of our local community and put our will into physical action we can decentralize our food system, and change the way the world grows food.
Why The Local Food Movement is Everybody’s Business And Why We Need Your SupportBy Linda Borghi
More and more people are thinking twice about where their food comes from. If we help people step into the space that's opening up for small local urban and suburban farming, there are people who will support these local farmers. If families just grow their own food, heal their soil, stop using chemicals on their lawns — we're going to make a palpable impact on the planet in terms of water use, fossil fuel use, carbon sequestering, as well as building healthier, resilient, secure food communities across the country...and world!
We are dedicated to this movement — but to make change faster, stronger, better, and reach more people, we need your support.
Farm-A-Yard is now my full-time job. But it's much more than a job to me — this is the culmination of living and breathing this message for most of my life: all our lives depend on a 6" layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains. Why aren't we taking better care of it all?
I've never been more passionate to do whatever it takes to help people grow healthy food where they are. And your help will push us to have a broader impact.
We want to be able to produce more content, to hand it out freely, and not have to charge everyone for every little thing we produce.
Thanks to Criss, our Ninja-Swiss-Army-Knife, who pointed out Patreon, we can request that you become a patron and sponsor our free content production. Isn't that smart? If you love what we're doing, and want to see more people of all income levels taking advantage of what we share — please pitch some money into the support jar each month.
So what are we doing with the money?
We educate, motivate, and connect folks with the information necessary to get started farming their yard!
How? Weekly podcasts, audio and video content, movement promotion, video tutorials, blogging, speaking engagements locally, and by video nationally. We even teach across the world with the power of the Internet — so we're really a worldwide movement!
Here's the rundown of Farm-A-Yard's current & anticipated costs to take this project to its full potential — here is our wish list:
- Hosting. We pay for podcast hosting, video hosting, web hosting, other content delivery services, email hosting, etc…and since we want to serve the whole world, we need our hosting to be robust.
- Website, Podcasting, Video Tutorials. We need a robust platform to record live with multiple hosts, guests hosts, share our screen, etc.
- Boosting Facebook Posts. Facebook holds page content for ransom. We’re reaching far less than 1/10th of our follower audience. Facebook demands money to reach our followers. Follow us here, like & share, and we will reach more people — or we can capitulate and pay to boost important announcements. Help us shift our Facebook audience here, because you actively want our content, why should Facebook hold it ransom? In the meantime, we will need to let our audience know we're moving.
- Equipment and Software. We put out money for equipment and software, but to improve quality and speed up processes, we need one-time purchase power for better equipment and software. My loving family gives me terrific gifts of equipment, but they're going to be tired of me asking for GoPros and Blue Yetis and my Fairy Godmother pitched in for a new laptop — it would be nice to be able to be self-sufficient equipment-wise.
- Seeds, compost, etc. Hard to teach without materials to teach with!! To teach people how to grow, how to plant, etc. requires live demos and step-by-step instructions. That requires land, healthy soil, tools, materials, and equipment.
- Intern. Interns need either housing, or a travel/food stipend. Help us help out with our intern's basic needs so they can help us with social media and all the little tricky techy stuff!
- The Farm-A-Yard Team. Our amazing team is doing everything they can to support the movement — and I'm really grateful! Imagine what it would be like if we could free up even more of their time! Oh, mama-mia!! Just freeing up Criss (who surprised us with her range of skills and talents!) for more content production — or eventually even delegating editing work (below) and so Criss can do quality control, and producing more of her own content (creating books and courses on herbs, making herbal preparations, wildcrafting, sprouting, cooking, chicken raising, etc.). More videos with the “Soil Doctor” Evan Folds. His information teaches people how to grow amazing healthy soil for the most nutrient-dense food so that every yard farmer can be successful! And Marsha’s Plot to Plate, Food Truth Education. Healing one forkful at a time! Help support us, and watch out for a Farm-A-Yard content avalanche! Yupperoonie!
- Content Expansion Services. To truly reach all EATERS, our videos have to be properly captioned, the quality of the audio should be impeccable, we should be as widely distributed and syndicated as possible, have terrific show notes, etc. Being able to hire on-demand assistants or subscription services such as captioning services to improve accessibility across abilities, language barriers, & cultures, audio editing services, someone to upload to a variety of distribution channels, help with syndication to more services, etc. would speed up the core team's production ability while also reaching a wider audience.
- Virtual Assistant. One VA (or a VA service team) to handle emails, send out media kits and press releases, customer service, handle routine tasks, keep our books up to date, and all the other background tasks that make this a well-oiled machine. That would really free up our team to handle the things they're best suited to handle — bringing you great content.
- All the legal stuff. Whatever the number coming in, there's a proportional number going out. Just like every other business. Annual filings, legal mumbo jumbo, accountants, you know…
You can be on the team to help turn the 40 million acres of lawn in America into edible landscapes for true local food security!
Join us and pitch in today!
So, that's all for now, brown cow! We're building up our patronage and gaining momentum! Until next time— GO FARM YOUR YARD :-)