Sidewalk Farms Tour: Urban Permaculture in Action

  • July 13, 2013 · 3:00 PM
  • Sidewalk Farms

Leslie Stevens and her daughter Carly will give us a tour of their creation: Sidewalk Farms.

Sidewalk Farms started over 20 years ago as a very small urban flower garden surrounded by lots of lawn.  Twenty years, two UNH Cooperative Extension courses, three children, and many hard-learned gardening lessons later, Sidewalk Farms has grown into a small urban farm that now produces enough food to store, can, and freeze for their family of five.  Sidewalk Farms is also home to eight egg-laying chickens and functions as a neighborhood example of what can be done with a 1/5 of an acre less than a mile from the center of Portsmouth, NH.  We use organic principles to grow our food and never use non-organic pesticides or herbicides.  We also practice Permaculture principles and are constantly learning about ways to incorporate Permaculture into our farm.

Highlights of the tour will include: Indoor green house used for spring seed starting and winter food production; Active three bin compost site; Two chicken coops and 8 chickens; Worm composting; Small fruit farming;Extensive vegetables growing; Rainwater collection / usage for garden watering.

The mission of Sidewalk Farms is very simple -to help people learn to grow their own food.  Because Sidewalk Farm actually lives right next to the city sidewalk, people walking by want to stop and chat about the gardens.  They want to know what is growing and how to grow it and this often leads to discussions about growing methods and an impromptu mini-lesson on urban farming.

If we can teach people just a little about the importance of eating local food (and what is more local than your front yard), why we should avoid synthetic (non-organic) pesticides and herbicides, and how to have more control in our lives about what we eat, then we are having the desired impact of raising consciousness about food sources and environmental issues and giving people more control over their food choices.

The cost for this tour is on a sliding scale of $5-10, payable at the meetup.

About Leslie & Carly Stevens:

Leslie is a UNH Master Gardener and Natural Resource Steward and was introduced to Permaculture through these classes.  She has become very interested in Permaculture and trys to incorporate it into Sidewalk Farms in many different ways.

Leslie's daughter Carly has grown up with gardening and urban agriculture all around her.  She’s an integral part of the everyday workings of the farm.

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  • Rose G.

    GREAT! What a fun afternoon visiting two gardens thanks to Leslie and Carly and then to Jennifer and Micum! Thanks to all!

    July 15, 2013

  • Nancy P.

    I am so sorry, to anyone on the waiting list! I went on line to get directions today, and discovered the event was yesterday, not today. I'm not usually so unorganized. I was really looking forward to the meetup.

    July 14, 2013

    • Amy A

      Nancy, oh no!! I hate when that happens! Thanks for letting us know... hope to see you again soon!

      July 14, 2013

  • Luke V

    Great Meetup, awesome things are happening in Portsmouth! I came away with lots of ideas and inspirations, thanks Leslie and Jen for opening up your gardens to us!

    July 14, 2013

  • Jean H.

    Awesome so exciting to see what how a yard can be transformed into food! Beautiful! Thank you Leslie and Carly.

    July 14, 2013

  • Carol V.

    I got many ideas and was very impressed at what Leslie and Carly have been producing.
    Also enjoyed see the love and initiative that Jennifer and her husban put into their garden.
    Wonderful weather and delightful conversations had by all.

    July 13, 2013

  • Pam

    Good peeps, info, sharing

    July 13, 2013

  • Cheri C.

    Am writing a paper for school and don't think I will be finished in time. I have doing this at the last minute, but don't feel as bad knowing others want to go. I hope this might be offered again. Whoever takes my place, enjoy it for me too!!! Thx

    July 13, 2013

  • Lorrie

    Going over to Jennifer's & Micum's is a great idea!

    July 13, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Just a reminder that if people are interested in touring another urban garden, we can head to 279 Richards Ave. afterwards, which is just a few blocks from Leslie and Carly's gardens. Last year we harvested over 500 lbs of fruits and veggies! Jennifer and Micum

    July 13, 2013

  • Lena M.

    Hi Amy,
    I am sorry but I will not be able to come. I hope someone else can go.

    July 12, 2013

    • Amy A

      Thanks for the update - just let Luke into your spot!

      July 12, 2013

  • Luke V

    hello.. so are all those "attending" still going?

    July 12, 2013

    • Amy A

      Hi Luke, A couple folks did cancel, so you and your friend can come! See you then.

      July 12, 2013

  • Amy L.

    Still going and looking forward to learning more and meeting new people!

    July 12, 2013

  • Pam

    Still going and looking forward to being inspired and learning something new!

    July 12, 2013

  • Karen

    Damn, I now have a conflict. I hope someone takes my space and enjoys!!

    July 11, 2013

  • Amy L.

    Help! I accidentally just took my name off the list when I was seeing if I could add a guest. Is there any way I can get back on?

    July 11, 2013

    • Amy L.

      Thank you so much!!

      July 11, 2013

  • Jennifer

    If anyone is interested, we can head over to Richards Ave (around the corner), afterwards to tour our urban garden where we converted an abandoned lot to vegetable/fruit production.

    1 · May 28, 2013

    • Amy A

      Thanks for this invite, Jennifer! I'd like to check it out!

      July 5, 2013

  • Cheri C.

    If you have a waitlist or cancellation list, would you please add me? Thanks!

    June 15, 2013

    • Amy A

      oops, I didn't realize it wasn't on... the waitlist is now activated and you are added! Spots very often do open up, so stay tuned, Cheri & Janice.

      June 15, 2013

  • Janice B.

    I would like to bring a guest if a spot opens up.

    June 11, 2013

  • LunaKris L.

    hooray for hands in the soil and greens in the belly!!!

    May 29, 2013

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