“Farming” is typically thought of as raising plants or animals for profit. “Gardening” is thought of more as a hobby. So which are you? A farmer or a gardener?
Before you answer, consider this: Healthy and attractive landscaping can increase the value of your home up to 11%, according to a recent study from Michigan State University. That means if you have a home worth about $150,000, with a great looking lawn, nicely maintained flowers and shrubs, and a functioning garden, you could be adding another $16,000 to your pocket should you choose to sell your house. On the flip side, a weedy and diseased lawn, with no attractive plant life (either ornamental or edible) on your property could cost you thousands of dollars by considerably lowering your property value.
Also, if you’re growing fruits and vegetables and herbs in your back yard, ideally you’re going to be eating those things, right? That means those are items you won’t need to buy at the grocery store, which means that’s money in your pocket as well.
So when you’re planting those flowers, or pulling those weeds, or mowing your lawn, or harvesting those tomatoes, consider the value you’re adding to your house, and consider the money you’re able to keep in your pocket when you go to the grocery store.
That being said, you are potentially profiting off of the plant life in your yard. So I’ll ask you again, are you a gardener or a farmer? All things considered, I’d say you’re a farmer– a bona fide yard farmer.
Now let me ask you this: Do you support organic farming? Do you appreciate the farmer who works the land the right way– sustainably and naturally? Do you worry about pesticides and GMOs (genetically modified organisms) showing up on your dinner table? If so, then it’s time you became an organic yard farmer! Buying organic produce is great, but it’s not enough. Let’s start farming our own yards the right way– sustainably and naturally. Let’s eliminate Round-Up (a product of Monsanto), let’s eliminate the chemical fertilizers like Scotts, let’s stop using chemical pesticides like Grub-Ex that offer short-term fixes but do long-term damage to the planet.
If you’re interested in becoming an organic yard farmer, get in touch with us at Office@GoodSweetEarth.com, or by calling us at 616-594-0693. We can give you a free consultation for organic lawn and garden fertilization and soil conditioning. Here is more information on the services we offer.
Steve & Corey Veldheer are organic yard & garden specialists in west Michigan.