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Well, there are apparently MANY people successfully managing companies like MyFarm. (See my post from yesterday on how this company sets up and maintains urban farms in people's backyards).

YourBackyardFarmer Here is information on Your Backyard Farmer in Portland. These two women have been setting up backyard farms for several years and many articles claim that they were the first to come up with the idea. See this Edible Portland article and The Portland Tribune. They charge about $40 per week to come maintain the farm and harvest the vegetables. They have been booked for two years straight and have a waiting list for 2009. There is apparently a big need for this service.

I realize that people hire these companies because they do not have the knowledge and/or time to garden themselves. But my first thought when I read about this was that it was unfortunate that the clients were missing out on the journey. The food was just delivered on their doorstep and they were not getting to experience the garden. However, after more reading, I discovered that the clients do indeed enjoy the journey. Many of the clients come out and help when the farmers are working in their backyards and many others decide to maintain the gardens themselves after the first year. They change the service to a consulting service so they still receive guidance. They just needed the help in getting it all started.

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Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

5 Comments:

  • Teresa says:

    A friend of mine is actually trying to start a service like that. I wish her much luck, but as a DIYer, I can’t see using something like that. I know many people aren’t into DIY, so I hope my friend gets many clients. Even the consultation idea – dh and I tend to consult library books or Google; we’re not the sort to run off to talk to a real human as our first resort…which is why we’d never be able to think of a service like that. LOL!

  • I know. It was hard to wrap myself around this idea at first. I keep thinking: Pay someone to garden on my own property? Why?

    But, I am not the demographic for this service. The people who hire them are not gardeners. They are people who long for the fresh-from-the-garden produce, but don’t know how to do it. I guess it works for them.

    Interesting huh? Keep me posted on how it goes for your friend.

  • Green Bean says:

    I’d love to hire someone to help me figure out how to put what where and when to start (and I’m working on someone who does this but hasn’t yet made a business of it). I’d definitely be interested in the consulting and some help with the gardening. I wouldn’t want to miss out but realistically I’ve got two young children, work in one of their schools, volunteer for a number of organizations and a husband who works 6 days a week. I could use a hand. 🙂

  • Hey Green Bean Twitter Friend!

    Thanks for stopping by. I’m curious…What do you think people would be willing to pay for such help?

  • juliemarg says:

    What a great business concept — good pay, the enjoyment of helping people get started in gardening and the exhileration of seeing them succeed on their own.

    Love it!

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