living proof

There is a common thought among many people interested in the planets future and that is a simple solution. That we should be growing as much as possible in our own backyards. Our local friends Gem and Kurt are living proof of this possibility becoming a reality. Their backyard is huge (I'm very envious of this fact) and it's not full of ornamental pretty plants, but patch after patch of crops. Almost everything you can imagine and then some surprises like Buckwheat and the worlds biggest squash. They don't use pesticides, and insects buzz around and crawl over their plants, but the produce is pure.This is where we house our co-op chooks as we just don't have the space at our place. TodayI visited their urban farm-let to pick up some eggs and exchange some produce. I brought them a small basket of lettuce, chillies and onions. They in return filled my basket with Pears, Artichoke, Beans, Zucchini, Squash and spuds from the biggest backyard haul of potatoes I've ever seen, enough spuds to get them through the oncoming winter.

These guys are kindred spirits. We all come from different backgrounds, but we share the same passion of growing and learning more about self sufficiency and fresh produce that makes divine dishes.

And the most amazing part of it all.....these guys are renting the property. Outstanding what they do, I wonder if all the backyards in this town could do what these guys do, how our ecological footprint would be reduced.

Check out their cute little cottage and backyard....complete with tree house!