Friday, April 23, 2010

Finding Gardening Space

Too good not to cross-post from my blog!

Want to garden but have no space of your own? Want to move beyond just the pots or hanging plants on your balcony (or "stealth" gardening within the landscaping around your apartment complex - hee, hee - yes I know someone who has done that!)? Here's a new free match-making website to help you find that special space where you can garden on someone-else's land!

SharedEarth connects land owners with gardeners and farmers.

Austin – SharedEarth ( launches as the world celebrates Earth Day. is a free match-making website that connects land owners with gardeners and farmers.   Land owners share their land with someone they trust and get free fruits, vegetables and flowers.  Gardeners and farmers get free access to land and the opportunity to grow what they love.  The produce is shared between the two parties as they see fit.  The result is a more efficient use of land and a greener planet.

“Community gardens exist in every major city in the United States, yet virtually all have waiting lists.  With over 25 million square feet of shared space on the system, has created an alternative with the largest community of private land owners and gardeners on the planet.  We are making more efficient use of land and a greener planet, one garden at a time,” said Chairman and Founder, Adam Dell.

Much like online dating sites, users create their own profile and find matches based on criteria such as location, years of gardening experience and the type of produce to be grown.  Gardeners and farmers find the service useful because they are able to gain free access to land.  Land owners find the service useful because they often lack the time, experience or commitment needed to cultivate a productive garden on their property.

Malcolm Gladwell, the author of the best-selling books The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, had this to say about Shared Earth: “Whoa! What a grand idea.”

Shared Earth was born out of Dell’s own experience looking for help growing a garden on his property.  He turned to the Internet to find a qualified match.  And now he reaps the rewards of this partnership through the fruits and vegetables he eats every day. was established as a not for profit sustainable corporation to help facilitate this process for others. 

Please visit for more information and to register for FREE today.

Gosh, what an opportunity! Good luck and have fun finding gardening space for your own special garden. Let me know if do this and how it works out for you - keep us updated! Local foods and new friends for sure. Life doesn't get much better than that. :-)

"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

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