Edible Estates

Edible Estates

Attack on the Front Lawn

Book - 2008
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The Edible Estates project proposes the replacement of the domestic front lawn with a highly productive edible landscape. It was initiated by architect and artist Fritz Haeg on Independence Day, 2005, with the planting of the first regional prototype garden in the geographic center of the United States, Salina, Kansas. Since then three more prototype gardens have been created, in Lakewood, California; Maplewood, New Jersey and London, England. Edible Estates regional prototype gardens will ultimately be established in nine cities across the United States.
Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn documents the first four gardens with personal accounts written by the owners, garden plans and photographs illustrating the creation of the gardens--from ripping up the grass to harvesting a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Essays by Haeg, landscape architect Diana Balmori, garden and food writer Rosalind Creasy, author Michael Pollan and artist and writer Lesley Stern set the Edible Estates project in the context of larger issues concerning the environment, global food production and the imperative to generate a sense of community in our urban and suburban neighborhoods. This smart, affordable and well-designed book also includes reports and photographs from the owners of other edible front yards around the country, as well as helpful resources to guide you in making your own Edible Estate.
Publisher: New York : Metropolis Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9781933045740
Characteristics: 126 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Haeg, Fritz
Balmori, Diana


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puredesigner Apr 27, 2015

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m2 Jun 16, 2011

Awesome Book! Very motivating. I am ripping out some of my grass already this summer, making a perennial bed and a vegetable bed. Can't wait to do more! Great essays by Rosalind Creasy and Michael Pollan, plus profiles of 3 US families that converted to Edible Estates front yards complete with designs and photos. A must read for folks looking to have the nerve to do something better with their own little plot of grass.

NetNerd Apr 07, 2011

I love the concept, and will be advocating for frontyard gardens in Mundelein. I've asked the village just to make sure, and they gave me the green light.

Starting mine this coming saturday!!

There's another book with an intro from Fritz called "Edible Front Yard", and that book goes more into making an edible landscaped frontyard that looks more landscaped and decorative, and not so "I've got a garden in the front!"

either way, Your land is your land.

Jan 29, 2011

There are pluses and minuses with this book. I loved the whole IDEA of the project, wish more people thought open-minded about their front yard (I mean sometimes the only sun-drenched part of your yard is in the front!), and appreciated the journaling aspect where I got an opportunity to read what the test site front lawn owners thought for the duration of the project. On the down side, I wish the planting plans were more detailed for people who might want to replicate things they liked in various test lawns portrayed in the book. Also, I sincerely wish this book and project hadn't been just a one-time thing. It strikes me as odd that this project wouldn't be continued with new test lawns and perhaps even a continued journal from the testers who chose to continue with their gardens. I would personally really appreciate reading annually about the "state of front lawn transformation" in the US and would honor this with space on my book shelf for a growing collection of these titles.

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