A recently launched website for organic, backyard gardeners offers a plethora of do-it-yourself tools designed, in essence, to help maximize yields of organic produce in backyards across the world. Perhaps a play on the popularity of self-promotional sites like YouTube, except with a green twist that allows others to learn from your gardening experiences, YourGardenShow lets users create photographic, video and journalistic journeys through the seasons of their backyard farming. So, instead of just simply blogging, a gardener can start a GLOG (garden log)!
It’s basically a virtual “Show and Tell” of the estimated 25,000 square miles of gardens in the United States and beyond. Individually, they may not amount to much, but cumulatively, this parcel of land can help make a large dent in the industrial agriculture stranglehold of our nation’s food supply.
“Gardeners visit over the virtual garden gate — with one click of a finger you can be transported from an Italian Grand Garden to a vertical window garden in downtown New York — everyone’s got something to share,” say husband and wife co-founders Tom Finerty (Emmy-Award winning producer) and Lisa Marini (Master Gardener).
The popularity of this sort of sharing makes it clear that YourGardenShow has a tremendous potential for helping people create healthy and organic produce from any kind of garden. As the website says, it can be a garden box, a community garden, or your actual backyard. Gardeners can share their gardens with others, comment on others’ gardens, and generally share a tremendous amount of knowledge that can help solve many peoples’ common gardening issues. This knowledge can really help push organics and organic gardening forward, as tidbits and tips like planting a marigold next to your tomatoes, for example, can help keep down pest damage to your treasured heirlooms, are not necessarily common knowledge.
A similar phenomenon helped carry BackyardChickens.com to become one of the fastest growing web forums, and helped launch an industry in the U.S. that scarcely existed a decade ago. Sharing knowledge about keeping chickens in your backyard, or gardening organically in a garden box, for example, is not only not weird, but is actually a fun, healthy, and sustainable hobby that many other people are doing. Connecting with them through websites like YourGardenShow and BackyardChickens is a natural way to empower citizens of all financial situations to enjoy organic, locally sourced food.
Scott Cooney is the Principal of GreenBusinessOwner.com, a membership-based website that aims to improve the triple bottom line for social entrepreneurs and managers of green businesses.