“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” -Bill Mollison
Our story began a few years ago when we watched a 10 minute video, Homegrown Revolution. We were so inspired that the family in the video didn’t wait for the system to change, they took their city plot and transformed it into a 0.10 acre homestead that provided self-suffciency for a household of four adults. More they were able to live a life that was aligned with their morality and values.
We accepted that if we wanted to create change that addressed issues that concerned us, we first needed to live the solutions we wanted to see. We couldn’t wait until the government, big business, and society decided to respond. With the Dervaes family as a model, we felt drawn to become ‘farmers’ on our own 0.34 acres with a focus on:
* Sustainable food production
* Relocalizing our economies
* Neighborhood community building
We accepted our call and became very creative to pull it off. In addition to only having a suburban lot to farm, we actually had zero experience in gardening and animal husbandry. Three years later, our farming footprint has spread over 3 additional ‘borrowed’ backyards and 10 leased plots at the community garden.
This year we have purchased a full suburban acre that will serve as the site of our future nursery and demonstration garden! This journey has taught us that change has to begin with us. It has also taught us that people, more often than not, recognize good solutions when they see them being lived out authentically.
We started this site because we believe our story is representative of a struggle that has become all too familiar in many people’s lives. We also hope it will become a field guide for those who also are feeling called to take steps towards starting their own neighborhood revolution.