Tonight, I was reading a blog post by slowfoodsmama.com entitled “Is Urban Farming Really Farming?” Great post if you’re interested, and it caused me to reflect on what makes a suburban yard a “farm.”
My tween daughter seems to define farm as “an area of land that is bigger than our yard and has real farm animals like goats or pigs. We do NOT have a farm.” So what has caused me to quit calling my land a “yard” and refer to my suburban residence as a farm?
Most importantly, however, is the fact that I want this to be a farm. I want to carry on traditions, homestead, create, grow, and cultivate like a farmer. Why do I need to live on a large tract of land with pigs and goats to be called a “farm?” Suburban farming allows me not only to live the lifestyle I want to lead but also raise awareness about sustainable, affordable, and organic practices that promote the health of body, mind, and spirit.
So next time you’re wondering about that house down the street whose yard may not be green and manicured, stop on by. They can share a few stories about their small neighborhood farm and will probably send you home with a sack full of fresh goodies.