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Front Yard Farming



A recent project of mine in this odd time of sheltering-in-place is recording the food plants I find in front yards in my neighborhood. I live on an island known for its Navy bases and as a genteel vacation destination. Front yards tend to be traditional lawns with foundation shrubs and annual flowers. But when I really started looking, I saw that many of these traditional landscapes included edible plants.  Olive trees line Olive Avenue, and pomegranates, guavas, citrus, carob trees, and more can be found growing in public parkways and front yards. An inadvertent urban farm in the making.

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