Don’t Have a Garden? Try Shared Earth.

Garden Early Summer 2009
My family garden early summer 2009.

This article is for anyone who doesn’t have a garden, but who wants to enjoy the abundance that a vegetable (or fruit) garden can bring.

Here’s my story. Ever since discovering raw foods, I’ve experienced falling back in love with nature.

So when I spent two summers with my parents (2008 and 2009) I was a happy camper to be able to play in the garden.

Except if you asked my mom I wasn’t playing around. I turned a huge chunk of perfectly manicured lawn into what you see pictured above.

Who wants to spend time mowing when you can spend time weeding, right?

The Fruits of Our Labor

Starting in early summer we harvested some radishes, and had enough greens to support my green smoothie consumption habit into fall.

For the most part we were able to handle the abundance of veggies. We did get a few too many zucchinis, and we passed those onto neighbors and friends.

A coworker of mine once said that you could lose friends by giving them zucchinis. I don’t think he was talking to the right friends though, because I know a lot of witchy raw foodies who would like those zucchinis!

Buying vs. Growing Vegetables

There’s an eternal debate as to whether it is cheaper to grow your own vegetables or buy them at the grocery store or farmer’s market. I think it really depends on your personality.

If for you gardening is a chore that doesn’t stir any joy at all, then maybe buying is better for you.

On the other hand, if you can’t abide all the pesticides and chemicals that are used to grow modern day food, growing your own is a great option.

Then there’s the freshness factor. You cannot compare just-picked string beans with those days-old ones at a store. Similarly, home grown tomatoes just have that special feel to them.

But… what if you don’t have space for a garden? Or on the other hand, what if you have the space but no time?

That’s where Shared Earth comes in


During my SXSW experience, I met a lovely lady who explained to me the concept of Shared Earth.

It goes a little something like this: you find someone in your area that has land for you to grow vegetables on, or you offer your space, then you share the produce. The beauty is that Shared Earth takes the tough part out of the equation by helping you find the right person on their matchmaking for gardens web site.

I was delighted when I heard the concept! It was even more funny because my boyfriend Robin and I are actually doing the same thing with a friend of ours who has a backyard she wants to turn into a garden.

We’re going to make a trip to her home, help her work the earth and get the garden started. Then make a few visits to help her with the upkeep and take a few of those over producing vegetables off her hands.

Shared Earth‘s service is only available in the United States at the moment, and it’s totally free. If you’re outside of the US, ask around – you never know who might want to partner with you.

Check it out and see if there’s someone who might be interested in doing a little earth sharing and veggie sharing with you!

What are your garden plans?

Now is a great time to start thinking about your gardening plans. As the earth thaws out, what are you going to plant? Are you going to do a little crop rotation? Trying any new plant varieties?

Let us know in the comments!

Love, Nathalie

Home Garden Makeover & Redesign to Grow Your Own Food

Today I’m sharing a fun video of the transformation that took place in my backyard.

I never really considered myself as having a green thumb, but after going raw and coming home I realized how much fun it can be to grow your own food. Not only does growing a vegetable garden help you reduce the costs and the impact of shipping food for your consumption, but it’s really fun!

Here’s a quick video that shows my backyard and home garden as it gets a makeover.

If you’re reading this via email click here to watch the video.

Home Garden Makeovers

The redesigned garden is really working well for us. Last year’s garden was great, and we harvested a lot of very delicious vegetables.

I know this year we are going to be surpassing our yield, and we are already reaping the benefits with fresh vegetables like spinach, Swiss chard, baby lettuce, and radishes for our salads. Oh, and running out to the garden to grab some spinach is so much more fun than getting in a car and driving to the store when you run out!

Hopefully this video will inspire you to undertake a little bit of gardening of your own. And remember that you don’t need to have a big backyard to start a garden, in fact, it’s probably easier to start small and expand year after year.


Love, Nathalie

President Obama’s Call for Caring Healthcare and Taking Responsibility

I don’t write a lot of political posts here, but this speech made by President Obama to the American Medical Association was just too good to pass up.

President Obama is calling for a health care reform, but it goes much deeper than that. This quote really brings home a crucial aspect of a healthy nation, and a healthy people.

“It also means cutting down on all the junk food that is fueling an epidemic of obesity, putting far too many Americans, young and old, at greater risk of costly, chronic conditions.

That’s a lesson Michelle and I have tried to instill in our daughters with the White House vegetable garden that Michelle planted.

And that’s a lesson that we should work with local school districts to incorporate into their school lunch programs.”

I think we should definitely work with local school districts to incorporate healthy diet changes, but also look to office cafeterias, hospitals, prisons, and other semi-public places.

This is a time for change, and we’re in this together. Let’s brainstorm some ways that we can implement these changes into our own homes and neighborhoods.