Grow Food Not Lawns with Foodscaping Utah | Modern Gardener

Grow Food Not Lawns with Foodscaping Utah | Modern Gardener


(mellow music) – In Utah, there’s been a tradition of growing fruit and
vegetables for a long time. But somewhere along the way, that’s sort of been lost and a grass lawn is the traditional landscape now. (mellow guitar music) – Hi John, I’m Holly. Thank you so much for having us here today to talk about Foodscaping Utah. – Foodscaping is about putting the food growing crops front and center, so we put vegetables and fruit trees and really design the
landscape around that. There seems to be a lot of interest on growing food, but a lot of times, people don’t know how to get started or they’re a little
intimidated by the idea. So that’s where Foodscaping Utah comes in and has volunteers that
help plan and organize and get the foodscape set up and started. (mellow guitar music) – What are some of the
benefits of installing a foodscape? – For us, the number one
benefit is flavor of the food. Just having access in your front yard or in your backyard to really flavorful, super nutritious food is by
far the biggest benefit for us. – But really what’s been surprising is just right here in our neighborhood. Our neighbors stop by, ask us what’s growing, check and see what’s happening in the garden. And we’ve talked to neighbors that we had never talked to before in the six years that we’ve lived here. It’s been awesome. – I think a lot of people kind of view their landscape as a chore, whereas for us, it’s like we really enjoy the time out there. (mellow guitar music) – I’m curious about if
your water usage changes when you put in a foodscape. – In this area where we’re really maximizing the use of our space, we used raised beds, we
grow things vertically, we’re still saving about 25% of what we would if we had lawn here. – We are here with Denise Little. She had a foodscape put in by
Foodscaping Utah last year. So you said you have kale up here? – Yes, and swiss chard, a little bit. And most of it’s carrots because we discovered
last year we love carrots. – Really? Oh, that’s so great. – The boys love to just
yank them out and eat them. We were just so inspired
to use the grass area that’s not very productive to turn it into something
productive and beautiful. – What do you love most
about your foodscape? – We love the harvest, the food. (chuckling)
It’s free and it’s we know it’s clean and (sighs) it’s just so nice to be able
to just walk out your door and grab some kale to
put in your smoothie. – Oh, right?
– Every morning. I’m so glad my kids know
where food comes from not just the grocery store. – We’re here with Casey and Jason. They’re homeowners in Ogden, as well, and they did a bigger
foodscape than Denise did. They did their whole front yard. – Yeah, probably the biggest thing was being able to transform
our lawn into something that was both aesthetic and also edible. Being able to take the
resources that we were diverting to our lawn and actually
putting them into something that was going to nourish and feed us, and at the same time, create
a really beautiful landscape in front of the house. – What has been an interesting challenge of maintaining your foodscape? – So the foodscape in general, now that we’ve gotten everything in place is not that unmanageable. Some of, of course, a
few weeds here and there, but I think the most interesting thing has been trying to figure out the areas where things grow the best. For me, there’s a steep learning curve ’cause I’ve never had a garden before. But at the same time,
it’s also challenging and interesting to learn
and actually watch things watch things grow. We planted garlic last fall, and to see that actually grow this spring, it was like, “Oh, hey,
we’re doing this right.” Yeah, it was pretty cool. – So what do you love the most
about your foodscape so far? – It seems to change with the seasons. Last fall the aesthetic change was huge to go from lawn to what we
have now has been incredible. But the thing we love
the most has really been when people walk by, they’re
intrigued and they stop and they ask questions and
we met a lot of our neighbors by having the foodscape in. (mellow guitar music) – So, if I wanted to have
Foodscaping Utah help me put in a foodscape, what’s the first step? – So basically, it starts
with an interested homeowner. We have an application process online. So you go to our Website
which is foodscapingutah.org, and you fill out an application. Once that application is approved, then we set up a time
for a master gardener to come over to your home. They kinda scope it out,
check out your soil, where the sun is, the best
place to put your foodscape, and then the next step
is the master gardener who draws up a plan for you, tells you a list of materials to get which is really important so you can have everything
ready when the volunteers come, and then we help you get
your foodscape set up. – That’s great (chuckles). (mellow guitar music) – If you’re interested in
installing your own foodscape and you live in the Ogden area, then check out Foodscaping
Utah at their Website foodscapingutah.org and if you love this video, then subscribe to modern
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