Hui Gardens – “Yardsharing”

March 22, 2009 at 4:52 pm 3 comments

victory-garden In our first SMS meetings, we realized that some folks would like a garden in their yard and would like to share it with neighbors. We called this kind of shared neighborhood gardens Hui Gardens. As often happens, we found that more people are working on the same idea, that they’ve labeled Yardsharing, which was inspired by the Landsharing movement in the U.K.

There are now many yardsharing resources on the web:
Portland Yardsharing.
• Very interesting Homegrown podcast interview with Joshua Patterson, one of the founders of Portland Yardsharing.

Sharing Backyards. Based in Vancouver and Victoria B.C. Site has interesting video presentation about their project.

Related books
    • Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn: illustrated book by Fritz Haeg.
   • Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood
     into a Community
by Heather Coburn Flore
   • Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway
   • Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainabilityby David Holmgren
   • Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Marrow
   • PERMACULTURE: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison
   • Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison
   • How to Make a Forest Garden by Patrick Whitefield
   • Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds by Art Ludwig

Edbile Estates website has many photos of excellent home gardens.

Garden Rants: Uprooting the Gardening World
They are:
– Convinced that gardening MATTERS.
– Bored with perfect magazine gardens.
– In love with real, rambling, chaotic, dirty, bug-ridden gardens.
– Suspicious of the “horticultural industry.”
– Delighted by people with a passion for plants.
– Appalled by chemical warfare in the garden.
– Turned off by any activities that involve “landscaping” with “plant materials.”
– Flabbergasted at the idea of a “no maintenance garden.”
– Gardening our asses off.
– Having a hell of a lot of fun.

Active blog with many things organic.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. hyperlocavore  |  March 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Hi folks!

    At you can set up a yardsharing group, with full social networking features! Your group can be public or private.

    Come by – it’s spring so we’re doing a seed share.

    The site is free. : D

    Happy Digging!


  • 2. SMS Newsletter, April 2009 « South Maui Sustainability  |  February 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    […] HUI GARDENS A hui garden is one where a homeowner shares part of their yard for gardening with neighbors and everone shares in the expenses, labor and harvest. SMS has helped bring one Hui Garden to life in Maui Meadows and would like to help catalyze more. Information here. […]

  • 3. Joshua Patterson  |  August 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Hey thanks for the link.
    Portland Yard Sharing, is pleased to announce that we now have a classifieds section of our website. Now, not only can you find great places to have a garden or list your space, You can also find Tools, Community, Seeds and more.. We have even listed live stock Sharing. And Currently its TOTALLY FREE to post.. Come on over to and check out our new classifieds section.


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