What’s GIMBY?

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GIMBY (Grown In My Backyard) is an initiative to encourage you, your family, your place of business, and your community to use the space you have available to you–your balconies, backyards, and rooftops–to grow food.

“Why would I want to grow my own food? I can buy anything I want at the grocery store.”

The obvious answer is that the vegetables and fruits you grow will be healthier, cheaper, and fresher. The thing you might not realize is how this experience might make you feel.

There’s the sense of accomplishment and pride you get from setting seeds in soil and then watching them turn into magnificent plants that produce beautiful tomatoes, peppers, and basil. The stress from your everyday life may fade as you reconnect with the earth beneath your fingertips. You and your children can learn about food production together.

You can make new connections in your community, sharing tips and swapping produce, and perhaps donating to food banks that would love the extra vegetables you grow. Life is sometimes needlessly fast-paced and full of distractions; we need to get back to our roots. Literally.

We’re not asking for anything from you, just a willingness to try. And, when you succeed (and even if it takes a couple of tries to get there), we ask that you share your stories or photos on social media using #GIMBY. We just want people to encourage each other, and there’s no better way to do so than in sharing our experiences.

There’s a lot of information on the web about how to garden, but we’ll share some tips here soon so that you can get started.

The GIMBY Team

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