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Managing Land Use in the Backyard and the Schoolyard

By Mike Schneider - Posted on 09 November 2012

I have been out in the back 40 the past couple of days tidying up the yard in the last of the daylight. While raking the leaves, I have been forming a visual of landscaping that I am going to undertake in the spring.
I have a large raised bed and several containers where I grow herbs and spices and generally tomatoes/cucumbers and peppers in the summer.
Now that kids aren't requiring space for soccer games and frisbee throwing, it is time to expand my food growing area. I'm thinking about putting a small green house in so that I can garden all year round in the relatively mild climate of southern British Columbia.
This seemingly natural transition dates me a little but I am OK with that. If my daughter and her friends want to play baseball like in the old days, there is a park right around the corner.
It is nice to see that our Delta School District is considering land use as well.
They own huge chunks of land in their schoolyards that have always been for running and playing which is hugely important. Also important is the notion of using some of this space to teach children how to farm.
Project Pickle was a great success and I am glad that the school district is expanding the initiative.
Why send kids to the pumpkin patch when they can experience horticulture right in their own schoolyard?
Schoolyards are neighbourhood hubs and schoolyard farms are common sense resources that can be enjoyed by the children, families and the greater school community.

When people talk about food security etc. they rarely consider land use issues it seems.
Lots of people are in love with soil based farming and consider it the only way to grow food.

Look at what solefoods farms have accomplished and consider what the green house industry is doing right here in BC.

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