City Backyard Farming

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2008: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Grant Recipient: Farmer
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:


  • Agronomic: corn, potatoes
  • Fruits: melons
  • Vegetables: sweet potatoes, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), onions, peas (culinary), peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, brussel sprouts
  • Additional Plants: herbs, ornamentals


  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, farmer to farmer, networking, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, community-supported agriculture
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity
  • Pest Management: physical control
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, urban agriculture, community services, employment opportunities, social networks, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    City Backyard Farming is growing naturally fresh produce using organic practices in the backyards of residential properties for the residents and sells excess to their neighbors and at the local farmers market.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The objective of the project was to cumulatively grow fresh organic produce in the city backyards in an approximate growing space of 2,600 square foot. 

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