Introducing The Farmer’s Garden

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson

Photo: Fooducate.com

Photo: Fooducate.com

Over on the Fooducate blog, you can read a guest post by the aptly-named Maureen Farmer, who has been gardening for only five years, but has completed the Connecticut Master Gardener Association’s master gardener program. Recently, and to us more importantly, she developed The Farmer’s Garden, a web site you’ll want to know about. She writes:

The Farmer’s Garden is the place to post free classified ads to sell, trade or give away your excess backyard produce. Individuals and food pantries can also register to post wanted classifieds. If you’re looking for fresh locally grown seasonal produce, visit The Farmer’s Garden website. Simply enter your US zip code, select the radius that you are willing to travel and see what people in your area have to offer. Share your surplus harvest with your neighbors. You’ll be surprised how wonderful a small act of kindness will make you feel.

Many backyard gardeners also grow varieties of produce not found in your local grocery store. This is a terrific opportunity to taste new foods. If you don’t know how to prepare something, ask the grower. He or she will probably offer you several tasty recipes to try. You might even make a new friend in the process.

The Farmer’s Garden is relatively new, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for today, try again next week. We have registered users in almost every state and the number of visitors to the website has been steadily increasing every month. We’re growing every day.

The site has a lot of growing to do, which is exactly why I’m telling you about it. I went there and entered my ZIP code. No one within 25 miles of my place was listed there.  So I entered the ZIP code of a city 25 miles away.  No hits there, either.

This is not a criticism; it’s simply a statement of fact. We can make this site grow faster every day, by registering (privacy is promised) and posting classified ads of garden-related things we have to sell, trade, or give away — produce, tools, and so forth.

Go see what you think. Personally, I’d love to have a hand in making this site a success.  It’s one more way we can keep our resources closer to home, get to know more people who share our values and goals, and live more simply and productively without consuming more stuff.

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