Yardsharing: Resources for Land-Less Gardeners

Yardsharing: Resources for Land-Less Gardeners

Adele Peters
Jun 2, 2010

Gardening can be a challenge in the city; you might not have a yard, community gardens often have long waiting lists, and not everyone has enough sun or space for container gardens. We've talked about yardsharing before, which brilliantly connects people with unused backyards (or front yards, if you're inspired by Edible Estates) with those who want to garden but don't have land. Here, we've rounded up a list of resources for anyone interested in yardsharing.

Sharing Backyards uses a Google maps mashup to let you search for open backyards in your area. Cities that have partnering programs are listed along the right side of the site.

Hyperlocavore also helps connect gardeners with garden space.

• Another nationwide site is GrowFriend, which includes resources like a garden sharing agreement. (For more tips on how to make a more formal agreement, check out this post on Shareable.)

• Some cities have local yardsharing websites. Portland has Yardsharing.org, Seattle has UrbanGardenShare, and Santa Monica has a Garden Sharing Registry. Know of others? Share in the comments.

(Image: Flickr member woodleywonderworks licensed under Creative Commons)

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