Farm My Yard grows more popular in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A growing number of Portland neighbors are letting others plant produce in their yards, and it’s turning into a winning situation for everyone.

Albert Kaufman started the Farm My Yard concept in the Portland area a few years ago. It connects homeowners with people who are into urban farming. Volunteers do the work and both parties share the harvest.

Brenda Sutton is part of Farm My Yard, a growing urban farming concept in Portland, March 16, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Brenda Sutton is part of Farm My Yard, a growing urban farming concept in Portland, March 16, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

One of those whose yard is being farmed is Brenda Sutton. She put a sign in her front yard and now others, including Justin Simms, are planting everything from carrots to beets.

“The perks of walking into your garden and picking fresh lettuce and adding some fresh basil that you just picked and some dill on top of that salad, it makes you not want to buy a bag of salad again,” Sutton said.

Some of the food is now ending up at local farmers markets.

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