What is hyperlocavore and yard sharing?

Hyperlocavore is here to help you form a yardhsharing group with people in your neighborhood, a group of friends, a community restaurant and it's neighbors, families, faith communities or new friends made here.

What is a 'hyperlocavore'?

A hyperlocavore is a person who tries to eat as much food as locally as possible. Growing your own is as local as it gets! We build resilience block by block with our neighbors friends and family.

What is 'yard sharing or a yard share'?

Yard sharing is an arrangement between people to share skills and gardening resources; space, time, strength, tools or skills, in order to grow food as locally as possible, to make neighborhoods resilient, kids healthy and food much cheaper! The group can be friends, family, neighbors, members of a faith community (or any combination!) It's also been called garden sharing or land sharing. It's a bottom up model that allows people to get growing right away!

Why would I want to set up a yard sharing group?

Yard sharing is a way to connect people who love to garden, people who love healthy fresh food and people who have yards! Often people who have yards have little time time for a vegetable garden. And sometimes gardeners have trouble finding soil to garden in because they rent an apartment! Sometimes older people lack stamina and are socially isolated, finding younger people to partner in growing food together works wonderfully for all.

Yard sharing makes sense for:
  • apartment dwellers
  • busy parents
  • older people
  • frugalistas
  • foodies
  • treehuggers
  • cheap bastards
  • farmers lacking land
  • curious kids
  • folks with a disability
  • people who want to get outside more
  • people that want to eat better
  • people that want to eat cheaper
  • people who want to make their community stronger and more resilient
  • people who like their food super fresh
  • people worried about peak oil
  • and maybe you! (if your not on the list - send me a note!)

  • Here are 100 more reasons.

    Yard sharing cuts down on greenhouse gases by limiting the travel time of fruit and vegetables to your table.

    Yard sharing is a great way to connect with your family, friends and neighbors!

    Yard sharing helps you eat more veggies!

    Yard sharing can be a workable solution for people with physical limitations!

    Yard sharing is an excellent way to teach children about food and biology!

    Yard sharing is a great way to get cheaper produce to older people on a fixed income!

    Yard sharing helps you get enough vitamin D from sunshine!

    Yard sharing is a way to avoid pesticides and other chemicals on your food!

    Yard sharing is fun!

    Nothing tastes as good as food you grew yourself!

    Yard sharing creates independent local food systems that are not as sensitive to the price of oil.

    Who can yard share?

    Anyone! If you don't see a group for your area just create one! Then send invites to people in your neighborhood, your friends and their friends and maybe you will find someone willing to start with you!

    Can we set up a private group for our yard sharing peeps?

    Sure! I only ask that when you name your group, you put "pod" in the title so that we can distinguish those people seeking from those already having formed a yard share group (or pod). For instance - You might call your pod "Smith Street Pod - New York."

    What is a pod?

    A pod is a private group set up to organize a particular group of people sharing resources.

    I don't see my state, city or town, may I add it?

    Please do! It's just one person - me - starting this site up!
    I can use all the help I can get!


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Comment by P A White on January 12, 2011 at 10:10am
My objective when I moved to the country 3 years ago was to start a community garden.  I have roughly two open acres of sand and sticker burrs.  That could be transformed into a reasonable garden site.  I've been working and expanding my personal garden area each season, learning as I go.  I've experienced failures and successes.  I've put in a mixed stone fruit orchard and berries.  But working a full-time job at a distance handicaps me working the entire property alone.  My daughter has at least four to five acres available just around the corner. 
Comment by Jenn on February 8, 2010 at 10:22pm
Do you know anyone looking to share garden space in the mission? I would love to plant some herbs and veggies and am planning to plant some seeds indoors in the next week or two...
Comment by Jeremy Cook on January 31, 2010 at 3:35pm
I look forward to learning more and possibly sharing with my community
Comment by Jason DeBruer on July 14, 2009 at 6:59pm
Great Site....
Comment by Terry Winkelmann on July 14, 2009 at 11:51am
My neighborhood has a vacant lot that the owner has offered to serve as a community garden and farmer's market site. But I'm having trouble getting gardeners to participate! Everyone wants to buy the local produce but producing it is another matter! I love this idea and hope your project takes off across the country asap!!!
Comment by Chris Frederick on June 30, 2009 at 3:28pm
Looks like another great networking site to help the cause. Thanks!
Comment by John G. on April 30, 2009 at 9:10pm
Now that I'm getting foreclosed I am hoping to meet someone or several people with nice sunny yards that would like some help making the most of them. I am attending horticulture school at PTEC and I'm ready to get started. It's no easy trick to grow vegetables in this sandy soil but I'm on the case. It seems that this will be a way to cut through the horribleness that is pulsing through the news. I can't wait!
Comment by LizM - Site Moderator on March 19, 2009 at 4:37pm
So glad you guys like the idea! It means a lot. I think it is so powerful for so many reasons. Happy you are here, LizM
Comment by Chris Paquette on March 11, 2009 at 7:50pm
This is a fantastic idea. I am not looking to share my yard, but I am looking to share my harvest. I have been thinking about this for a couple years now, but have never found a way to network with other local gardeners.
Comment by LizM - Site Moderator on March 5, 2009 at 11:52am
Thanks JK! We are pretty excited about the possibilities!
Comment by Jacqueline on March 5, 2009 at 12:06am
I love this. As a Slow Food member and rousing supporter of eating local, this effort makes me smile...a big ol' "slow" grin!


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