This urban farming program is leading a local food revolution by turning lawns into food gardens on bicycles! Homeowners and renters donate the use of their lawn, Fleet Farming does the work, and the donor gets a share of the fruits and veggies.
The typical American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to table. Their program creates produce that is hyper-local. Everything is sold at local farmers markets and restaurants within 5 miles! This reduces needed agricultural land, fossil fuel consumption, and turns unproductive, wasteful lawns into community-driven urban farm plots.
They’ve already converted 24 lawns into food gardens! They host “Swarm Rides”, a fleet of volunteers gardening on bicycles. They also harvest fruit from trees that would otherwise go to waste. They donate or sell the fresh produce to local businesses and do garden installations by bike for people who want their own gardens. 40% of food is wasted in the USA, and 37% of Americans eat less than one fruit or vegetable per day.
This bike-powered urban farming program is a part of the solution to these problems. They have created a complete guide so you can start a Fleet branch in your own community.