Interested in Becoming a Queen City Acres Garden Host?

Are you interested in turning your lawn into a garden? Do you want your space to be used to produce wholesome, fresh vegetables for your community? Do you want to stop mowing so much and enjoy the view of vibrant vegetables growing?

Becoming a backyard garden host is an exciting step for any household, but it’s not the right fit for everyone. Read on to see if it would be a good fit for your yard.


 
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What kind of space is needed?

In general we’re looking for spaces that are 2,000 or more square feet in area. This is a space that is 50’ x 40’, or approximately 20 paces by 16 paces. The entire area should receive a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight per day, even in the early Spring or late Fall, and should not have any tree canopy over it. We can use space that is lawn, or is currently a garden, although if there are raised beds we would need to remove those.

If you’re unsure if your space would be a good fit, give us a call or email and we’d be happy to come take a look.


How does it work?

It’s pretty simple really. You provide the land, we provide everything else, and you get a share of the veggies! As a host you’ll receive an annual credit with our farm to order whatever you want from what we have available from any of our plots. In return you’ll grant us access to come and go during weekday daylight hours to tend and cultivate your land. We’ll need access to water, and possibly electricity, for which we’ll monitor usage and reimburse you for any costs incurred by the farm.

We make our living from selling the surplus from each garden, so we do ask hosts not to harvest their own vegetables, but we’re happy to do everything we can to get you what you need from the garden. We rely on our hosts and want them to have full bellies & happy hearts!

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Can hosts help in the garden?

Hosts are absolutely welcome to help, although we do ask that you coordinate and work along side us. That said, most of our hosts do opt to enjoy the garden view, without the work. That’s the benefit of having urban farmers in the neighborhood after all!


What do our hosts have to say about the experience?


It is truly a joy to see our backyard garden continue to flourish with beautiful organic bounty without the physical labor that was becoming more difficult for me.

We love the experience of being an urban farm host – taking our under-used backyard and turning it into an amazing garden has been gratifying in so many ways. From sharing the importance of caring for the land and growing food with our children (and seeing their delight in watching the growing plants and observing the butterflies and birds that the garden flowers bring), to access to the freshest produce possible, and not having to mow what was once a big lawn – it’s great. Knowing that we are contributing in some small way to the local and organic movements also is important to us. And a cheery wave or chat with Ethan and Nick is also a bonus.

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Interested in Starting a Backyard Farming Adventure of Your Own?