100 Reasons to be a Hyperlocavore

First a definition, a hyperlocavore tries to eat as much food as close to home as possible, in order to reduce the food miles that his food travels. It is an extension of the term locavore. A locavore typically tries to eat seasonally within 100 miles of her home, to reduce food miles and to develop their local economic base. A hyperlocavore therefore wants to bring food even closer. And what's closer than your neighborhood? We have a time crunch, we have land and property that is loosing value fast, we have kids who don't know where their food comes from, and we have a climate crisis.

Yardsharing and group growing is new. It's different from a community garden - but the site can be used to create and manage one. A yardshare might be an arrangement between an elderly couple and a young one to grow more food cheaply for both. Or friends who live in an apartment and a friend in the burbs to save money and food miles. Hyperlocavore.com is here to help facilitate yardsharing.

This is a list of the reasons I think group gardens and yardsharing is an idea whose time has come. The links hide some people, websites and imagery that have inspired me to build hyperlocavore.com. Have fun exploring. Every reason is not meant to appeal to everyone. See if just one make sense to you! Then join us and explore the possibilities. The site is free, and you do not need to commit to anything to participate. It's new to most of us. It's up to you what makes sense for you and yours. We just hope to inspire and facilitate. If you agree with more than two of these, you just may be a hyperlocavore!

(A note: I'm a North American, citizen of the U.S., so this certainly reflects some of my perspectives and biases. Please contact me if I've got something really wrong, I'm happy to discuss any concerns!)

Happy Growing!



Join us at hyperlocavore and find or start a yardsharing group in your neighborhood. You don't have to have a yard to share or a green thumb - This is a learning community.

* OK I admit there are a few ideas repeated in different form.

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Comment by LizM - Site Moderator on March 15, 2012 at 8:37pm

Feel free to link to it guys! It's Spring we need all the help we can get getting the word out!

Comment by LizM - Site Moderator on March 15, 2012 at 8:36pm

Ha - glad you like it Doc! Thing is though the links are where the action is! Not sure it would make a good flier!

Comment by garden doc on March 15, 2012 at 8:27pm
(In case you are not old enough to remember, the song was "someone's left the cake out in the rain")
Comment by garden doc on March 15, 2012 at 8:21pm
Here is one (ok so it belies my age). You loved making mud pies as a child. " I don't think that I can take it , 'cause it took so long to bake it, and I'll never have that reciepe again."
Comment by garden doc on March 15, 2012 at 8:01pm
Omg! I love this post! Think I will print it out and flier my town!!!
Comment by Rebecca on March 15, 2012 at 7:37pm

I like it! I think I will post a few a day on my facebook and such. It also inspired me to just use it (the site/yarshare concept) as an icebreaker with my neighbors. I'm kinda shy...have lived here 2 years and only know 3 people in my neighborhood but I sure see a lot of food around!

Comment by LizM - Site Moderator on January 20, 2009 at 5:12pm
102. You live in a high rise or a townhouse where the grounds are controlled, and you love to garden - but your patio just isn't doing it for you.
Comment by LizM - Site Moderator on January 20, 2009 at 4:41pm
Holisticmamma (http://twitter.com/HolisticLinks) suggests another!

101. You want to compost actively with other folks. Or another way to put it. you have composting waste but no garden! Or you have a garden and need more matter for your compost pile.

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