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The Hawley Hamlet Just Twelve Blocks from Downtown

The Hawley Hamlet

Growing Food on an Urban Farm 12 Blocks from Downtown Lincoln

My First Toyota Prius (2003)Yes, I am a Prius Driver

Why do we always plant things thatwe cant eat?

Home, Sweet Home (prior to 2009)

The largest irrigated crop in America is the lawn. According to NASA, there are three times more acres of lawns in the U.S. than irrigated corn enough to cover the entire state of Ohio.

The average bite of food on our plate travels 1,346 miles to get there. U.S. Agriculture: Potential Vulnerabilities. Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, CA. Prepared for: Office of Civil Defense,Office of the Secretary of the ArmyJanuary 1969

About one-fifth of all food consumed in the U.S. is imported. U.S. Government, 2014

Over a third of the countrys vegetables and two-thirds of the countrys fruits and nuts are grown in California.

Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2015 Report

The brown-colored area is the worst condition of Exceptional Drought

The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL. California Central ValleyU.S. Drought Monitor

Map of California - March 29, 2016

D0 - Abnormally Dry D1 - Moderate Drought D2 - Severe Drought D3 - Extreme Drought D4 - Exceptional DroughtCalifornia

90 percent of the $4.4 billion Nebraskans annually spend on food leaves the state Source: Crossroads Resource Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota , 2010

Five Good Reasons To Grow Our Own FoodGood Taste (local is fresher)Good Health (local is more nutritious)Good Business (local is economically advantageous)Good Stewardship (local is resource-efficient)Good Security (local is more reliable)

and as of September 2014

Our Lawn-free Front Yard with Bee-friendly, Drought-tolerant Perennials

Growing Food for Bees and People in the Public Right-of-Way

Looking for the Huh Factor

( *Notice all the lawns up the block )

What the Neighbors have to look at

The Movie StarsAs featured on NETs Backyard Farmer

The Movie StarsAs featured on NETs Backyard Farmer

Plat map for The Hamlet our city block bounded by 25th & 26th Streets and T & U Streets in the Hawley Neighborhood Historic District near Downtown Lincoln (photo taken 2010)

Potatoes growing in the Public Right-of-Way

United Nations: Of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the worlds food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.

A panoramic view of part of the Hamlets six tenths of an acre neighborhood garden & orchard in the interior of the block (photo taken July 2012)

Strawberry Lawn



The Urban Gardeners Goal

To put something home-grown on the table every day whether its fresh, stored, canned, fermented, dried or frozen.

In an urban environment, self-sufficiency will never be an option. Theres no room in town for fields of corn and wheat and we cant keep the animals we need for dairy and meat.

But even at the city block level, we can be growing fresh greens year-round, preserving our garden harvest, and keeping bees and a couple of chickens for eggs.

Well be making more efficient and responsible use of available resources, getting plenty of exercise and giving ourselves a daily reminder of how that food got on the table.


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