In the City of Guelph, there is a community gardening initiative called Backyard Bounty. The principle behind the program is that lawns on residential properties can be used more efficiently and can be more productive if they are used to grow food. Agricultural gardens are planted in the front or back yards of residential houses, which allows residents to grow food to feed themselves and the community. Mr. Robert Orland, the creator of Backyard Bounty also believes that grass lawns do not support biodiversity, and therefore are more productive and sustainable if they can produce agricultural produce. Currently 41 properties in the City of Guelph have converted their lawns to agricultural land and participate in the Backyard Bounty program. Some of the produce grown includes beets, kohlrabi, rutabaga, squash, chard, okra, and cabbage, just to name a few.
To find out more about the Backyard Bounty program, you can read the article from City Farmer News here.