Sustainable Specialty Agriculture: Its Role in Communities

By alex

When we first approached the concept of yard - sharing, it had actually came from two distinct separate ideas and teams, of which we recognized the power of combining and making this concept bigger.

 By the USDA, specialty agriculture is a term used that indicates "the herbs, vegetables, fruits and plants we grow that are intensely cultivated for consumption and use by people." 

 In the beginning we had just found out that there were several models that had been tested in communities but without any serious rate of adoption or usage. So we decided to seek out what worked and didn't work in other countries as well as in the United States. A series of meetings with individuals sparked off our idea and that this could be an initiative that forward and progressive thinking communities would really use. So we said, ' the heck with it' and then combined a trendy group of folks who thought we could make this work. We've yet to see what will happen in the next season and hope that those of you reading, will be interested in turning this small project into what it can be. 

We hope you recognize the impact of 'yard sharing' on communities and its role.  =)

1. Sustainable Consumption 

I'd like to think of it as minimalistic utilization of all things related to eating. That being said, yard sharing affects the total carbon dioxide footprint in the world by effectively allowing people to consume at minimal negative impact to the environment.

2. "The New Economy" at MIT

The economic infrastructure at innovator and early adopter communities tend to be critical to supporting both each other as well as the entire concept of sustainable consumption. We are part of a larger ecosystem driving the behaviors that if became a big hit, could have exponential effect in the environment. Think like hotdog stands, they tend to stay close to each other on the boardwalk because then visitors will remember that area for hotdogs. 

3. Food Security 

Growing herbs, plants, fruits and vegetables can really have an affect on our reliance to use money to gain access to nutrition. With this type of growing, we make access to foods much easier. We also tend to grow in excess, so it can be given at large should we see fit.

4. Educational Impact

Teaching others the multiple aspects and variables considered when it comes to growing food, gives them the skill set to understand how to take care of nature. It reminds us of how delicate yet beautiful natural agriculture can be. If we are able to grow crops, then we are able to recognize the importance or properly taking care of the environment and understand the minute details that affect it.