More often than not, a suburban neighborhood comprised houses with lawns and a small amount of space in-between houses. Unless the homeowner loves gardening, these spaces tend to stay unused, except for the occasional party that makes use of the space.
If you love gardening and spend a significant amount of time planting ornamental and flowering plants, why not set aside a part of your garden to become a mini-farm?
It is definitely one way to add sustainability to your environment. Plus, you know that the produce is pesticide free since you can cultivate the plants using organic planting methods and make use of home-made solutions to keep your plants disease and pest free.
Nowadays, there are a number of do-it-yourself environment friendly kits that you can use for treatment of sewage water and biodegradable waste. These can be used to water and fertilize your garden thus making everything recyclable….resulting to you being more sustainable in the long run.
If everyone in the neighborhood gets into the home gardening idea, you can create a committee to oversee and organize a mini fresh produce market at the end of the week or at least twice a month.
This will encourage others in your neighborhood to try their hand at gardening as well. The idea of being able to join a local event and at the same time earning additional cash can be a great enticement for people who have yet to consider.
Even urban residents take their time to visit out-of-the-way events if it seems promising and they will be coming back again and again as long as the quality of the products sold are high.
Admittedly gardening is not everyone’s cup of tea. For people who aren’t into gardening but have other hobbies or interests, they can showcase their other talents by producing baked or homemade goodies that would surely draw their own set of customers.
Individuals who love to dabble in arts and crafts can also join in the fun by providing a short teaching session for a nominal fee.
An alternative option would be to nominate one home to offer market produce year-round for easy access by the local residents.
Worried about passing vehicles? You and your fellow suburbia residents can choose the end of the street to use as the venue to avoid oncoming vehicle traffic.
It will also lessen the possible traffic build-up compared to a venue situated right in the middle of the neighborhood. Having fun and keeping safe at the same time is quite an enjoyable experience.
It might take awhile for the fresh market news to spread but once it does, you and your neighbors will surely begin to draw in crowds beyond your suburban neighborhood.
At the end of the day, everyone will feel good to have contributed their share in going green with the added bonus of getting additional income as a result of their hard work.
Do you need to advertise your upcoming market day so nearby suburban or urban residents can also visit? Contact me at Reburbia and I’ll be happy to help spread the word out.…