Monday mashup: Matching gardeners and potential gardens
Audra, a gardener in Chicago, is looking for land to grow a garden. Audra said she will provide the seeds and other starts for the garden if someone will provide the water and the land. Audra would like to grow fruit and vegetables.
This is one of the over 50 member profiles on a new Web site called sharedearth.com that seeks to connect gardeners with land owners and vice versa.
The site’s mission is “to build a broad and trusting community of land owners and gardeners that yields the efficient use of land and a greener planet.” Landowners post information, such as area and other resources they have available. Their location is plotted on a map with a patch of land. Gardeners post information about what they would like to grow, their experience level, and what tools or supplies they can provide, and their location is marked with a small trowel. According to the site’s home page, 19,241,235 square feet of land has been shared, including many in the Great Lakes region.
It’s a message board for those with green thumbs looking for a place to be creative, or for those who wouldn’t go near a shovel and seeds, but has a sliver of land in their backyard or even a whole acre fit for planting.
If you have a window box, a sand box or an entire yard you want to turn over to a gardener, or if you a gardener itching for a blank canvas, you might want to start your search here.