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Sharing Backyards: the gardening solution for urban dwellers!

Urban gardening can be challenging. Lack of space or time can prevent people from having the garden they want and the healthy home grown produce they need.  I live in an apartment with no yard space, if I wanted to garden I was limited to what I could grow in containers on my small balcony.  My sister in law Rachel had an opposite problem; she has a large yard but didn’t have time to maintain a garden alone. We decided to garden together, splitting the cost for seeds, taking turns working in the garden and sharing the produce. We are in the beginning stages now and so far it’s been a blast! Definitely a win-win situation! For people who don’t know someone with garden space to share a project called Sharing Backyards can help you out!

Sharing Backyards is a joint project of Wasatch Community Gardens and Urban Village Cooperative. Hopeful gardeners that are looking for land can pair up with those who have unused land with space for a garden and are looking for someone to share it with. Once people find someone they are interested in sharing with they send them an email and go from there. It’s like Craigslist for urban gardeners! The online map-based project has listings all over the Wasatch Front and Back though listings can be posted from anywhere in Utah.

This project is a great way to bring neighbors together and help build strong communities, all while playing in the dirt! What could bond people more than choosing which varieties of tomatoes to plant and then sharing in a bountiful harvest of salsas and sauces? Yard-sharers who participated in past years have had great experiences and there are many people with listings on the website looking for a match for the upcoming gardening season. Visit to find more information or to view the Sharing Backyards map.

Guest post written by Elizabeth Watson

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  • Jen
    May 5, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    What an amazing idea! I love this. I have dogs who destroy whatever is planted. I think this is a great idea that I will have to try and implement. Thanks Elizabeth!

  • Janet
    May 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I love this! I’ve been sharing with my mom, but even with both our yards we can’t grow everything we want. Just logged on and a friend just a couple streets over had their yard up. Would never have known!

  • francesca
    August 3, 2011 at 6:27 am

    yeah really good idea 🙂