Lawns are the status quo in America, so much so that we have grown over 40 million acres of them across the country, more than any other irrigated crop. We do not eat this grass, nor do we generally feed it to animals. It is a wasteland for pollinators, and we ourselves waste our Saturdays running noisy machines over them. The lawnmower engine pollutes inordinately, accounting for 5% of total air pollution in America, and we spill enough gas filling our lawnmowers each year to equal the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. When we are not mowing our lawns, we are spraying them with toxic pesticides that poison our pollinators and ruin our rivers and streams.
At Revolutionary Earth, our mission is to create one regenerative urban ecosystem, one lawn at a time. The heart of Revolutionary Earth is our urban farming collective. Even though our plots are scattered throughout the city and county, we consider it one urban farm with common investors, owners, and a volunteer labor union. The plots on this farm are all at least 1000 sq. ft. and generally grown as row crops, though we do have some large raised beds. We maintain this farm because we want to insure that we grow a steady supply of fresh produce for the very poorest in our community: the homeless, the disabled, the very young and the very old, any one who lacks the means and/or access to good food. Here’s how our farm works:
We have gathered interested homeowners, called “stewards," who want to convert their backyards into small-plot, high-intensity farm plots.
Our volunteers aid the stewards in tending our crops.
Our stewards take a share of the produce we grow at harvest time.
We distribute most of the produce to needy families and individuals in the area.
Join our volunteer labor union! We host volunteer events at our farm plots and accept a certain number of volunteers on to some of our farm plots.
We need in-kind donations of soil, compost, hand tools, small-scale farming equipment, deer fencing, tarps, landscaping fabric, and running, serviceable vehicles (pickups and cargo vans). Consider making an in-kind donation today. We are also in constant need of more funding to keep our operation going. A monetary donation pays for the next crop, helps us buy new equipment and supplies, and pays our operational expenses. Consider becoming a permanent supporter!
We are no longer considering new garden stewards for this growing season, but we can convert your lawn into a cover crop of clover or alfalfa and you can become a fallow steward.