Ignoring his aching back, Todd Lininger squatted down on his knees and inched his way around the vegetable field. The yields were up on three arugula plants. A snail crawled in the row of lettuce. And it looked like the onions might be ready for that night's dinner.

All in all, not a bad harvest — considering that these crops were growing in a Lilliputian backyard plot in a Claremont cul-de-sac. Lininger calls himself a farmer, though he doesn't ride a John Deere and never sees a sun set over the fields. Instead, he tends a succession of peewee suburban plots as if they were the sprawling ranches of the Central Valley...

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876 hits 2.3 (4 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 12 years ago by KikiPeepers

If you didn't know how to grow food, would you hire a farmer to plant a small plot in your yard so you had access to fresh food?
Ignoring his aching back, Todd Lininger squatted down on his knees and inched his way around the vegetable field. The yields were up on three arugula plants. A snail crawled in the row of lettuce. And it looked like the onions might be ready for that night's dinner.

All in all, not a bad harvest — considering that these crops were growing in a Lilliputian backyard plot in a Claremont cul-de-sac. Lininger calls himself a farmer, though he doesn't ride a John Deere and never sees a sun set over the fields. Instead, he tends a succession of peewee suburban plots as if they were the sprawling ranches of the Central Valley...

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12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 12:54:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd figure it out for myself...couldn't be that hard.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 12:55:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
There are probably endless amounts of websites that tell exactly how to do it.

It would be pointless to hire someone to show you.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 12:55:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
How can you have the internet and not know how to grow food if that is your desire?
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 1:02:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would probably just go to a grocery store...
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 1:17:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would probably just go pick my neighbors...
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 1:26:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 5/3/10 - 1:02:20 PM CowDung wrote:
I would probably just go to a grocery store...

That's what I was thinking.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 1:48:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
My wife and I run a humble CSA that nets us a tiny amount of $ and tons of food for ourselves in addition to the exercise and pleasure of it all. One way we've considered trying to make it really profitable is teaching classes on gardening, including the possibility of getting people started in their own yards.

I'm not really sure how to answer this question for myself, but I'm hoping that there would be enough people around us who might say "Yes."
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 1:49:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well let's see. I don't know how to grow food, and I haven't hired a farmer. So no. I wouldn't.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 2:28:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
No
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 2:48:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I wouldn't. I think it's silly to hire someone when you can watch a neighbour do it.

I live in a small village outside Thessaloniki so there are many people who grow their own vegetables.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 2:51:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Besides, I just remembered, it is illegal to grow crops where I live. Since I don't want to go to jail, I certainly won't be growing anything!!!
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 3:04:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
How's that possible, Poess?

angel, some people need a little more hands-on training to learn things and feel confident. It strikes me as a little odd to hire someone to grow things for you in your own yard long-term, but otherwise I could see it all fitting into the "teach a man to fish" idea.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 3:15:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
"angel, some people need a little more hands-on training to learn things and feel confident. It strikes me as a little odd to hire someone to grow things for you in your own yard long-term, but otherwise I could see it all fitting into the "teach a man to fish" idea. "

Yeah maybe but nobody I personally know would hire someone. They'd rather spend the money on something else...Besides a friend of mine works as a security guard at the american farm school here in Thessaloniki and he could always get some kids to do it for us for nearly nothing...

Although he did plant his own crops like tomatoes, peppers, corn etc etc so we can always ask him to show us for nothing.

Like I said I live in a village so there wouldn't be a need to hire someone to it permanently...Maybe just once and then the person would do it on their own.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 3:16:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Plus everyone here goes to their "village" where they have their grandparents who grow crops and they always bring back things with them when they go back to the city like eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers etc etc.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 3:21:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
It sounds like you're in a place where people haven't lost that connection to the land. That's cool. Around here, the emphasis on other pursuits has led to a disconnect.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 3:22:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
"How's that possible, Poess? "

Judging from the fact that she's from Western US, I'm gonna guess that it has to do with water shortages. There isn't enough water in Cali to support the demand of commercial farms, so it's not surprising that residents aren't allowed to grow their own food crops.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 3:25:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow, that's rough. It seems like backyard gardens would be worthy of some water use, especially if there are still golf courses, car washes, and other places that use so much more, and for less essential things than food (not to devalue entertainment too, too much).
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 3:27:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 5/3/10 - 3:21:44 PM IRLIteach wrote:
It sounds like you're in a place where people haven't lost that connection to the land. That's cool. Around here, the emphasis on other pursuits has led to a disconnect.


Yeah, that's true...We haven't. I guess it's a tradition which won't ever go away because that's the reality here...

Most elderly people after they receive their pension, they usually leave the city and go find a house somewhere where they can grow their own foods and places which are quiet so their children always visit them at the village where their family always gives them stuff to take back with them...

In a way it's good because people here don't trust buying vegetables and fruits from the supermarket because they don't trust the quality/pesticide/insecticide use.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 3:29:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
In a way it's good because people here don't trust buying vegetables and fruits from the supermarket because they don't trust the quality/pesticide/insecticide use plus they don't trust it if they're from another country.

They only buy "made in Greece'....

Some people here like my neighbour actually buys her fruits and vegetables from the guy who works at the greenhouses next to us because they're also very cheap when you buy them directly from the producer.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 3:33:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well I'm in Colorado, and that's what the realtor told us. No crops!
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 8:53:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm pretty sure it would be cheaper to buy a book on gardening.
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 9:36:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, I haven't done that yet, and I've never known how to grow my own food.

I can't just go to the grocery store? Or the farmer's market even, if I really want super fresh food?
12 yrs ago - Monday 5/3/10 - 10:20:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 5/3/10 - 1:02:20 PM CowDung wrote:
I would probably just go to a grocery store...

Yeah, thats also what I was thinking too.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/18/10 - 4:43:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would google it before I hired some to do it for me.



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