Suburbia Revamped Into Sustainable Farm Plots

Suburbia Revamped Into Sustainable Farm Plots

A movement to end pollution problems and the inefficient food system currently in place

Jiwon Kim
  • 7 june 2016

Fleet Farming is a new approach to solving two major sustainability issues. The first problem is the amount of pollution produced by suburban lawns and its uselessness. Second, the large amount of pollution caused by transporting food vast distances. Fleet Farming aims to transform suburban lawns into gardens where food can be produced for the community.

These urban farm plots are beneficial for both the individual owners and the whole community. They increase the availability of local produce, cutting down on the food that needs to be transported into an area. The fleet that takes care of these farm plots roam around in bikes, which eliminates fossil fuel consumption and decreases the use of pesticides and fertilizers. The produce for sale are also transported to local places on bikes. A lawn is no longer a stale presence, but a productive machine that eliminates the need for mowing. This voluntary fleet also manages these farmlettes, so homeowners can choose to contribute as little or much as they want to maintaining these grounds. They also get their share of the produce.

According to Fleet Farming, 33 percent of climate change can be attributed to food production. Pollution is caused by transporting and producing food. In addition, lawns are one of the largest sources of pollution because of all the gas consumed for mowing along with the pesticides and fertilizers used to maintain them. Overall, the farmlettes tackle the environmental problems associated with food production.

Fleet Farming hopes to actively change as many lawns into farms as possible. There are already a hefty number of people signed up to have their lawns transformed. The organization also seeks to assist any other communities who want to follow its model through a starter kit. Educating local communities on organic farming is also a major component of its mission. Anyone can sign up to join on a “fleet run” and learn more about all components of food production. Hopefully with time, this movement will expand so immaculate lawns are replaced by beautiful gardens filled with fresh produce.

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