full article here: Rethinking Communities with Neighborhood Agriculture
How about building residential communities that, instead of growing aesthetic foliage that doesn’t bear edible fruit, have all sculpted landscape grow food for their residents?
Apple and lemon and pear and almond and orange trees instead of oaks, pines, etc. Grow them three to eight per yard (front and back), requires minimal irrigation and the average mature tree will produce between 40-200kg (88-440 lbs) of fruit per year.
Did you know pineapples grow in the ground?
I didn’t. But their leafy tops might just make great lawn trim.
Strawberry leaves are surprisingly soft to the touch.
Why not replace lawns of grass, with lawns of strawberries?
If you wanted to get really, really creative we could splice some genes — a fruit bearing plant with a robust, fast growing vine for example — and we could have fresh cherries or grapes growing along a chain link fence.
A wall of cherries.
In our lifetime.
What about splicing edible wheat fibers into common grass? Imagine that — mowing your lawn, then having the mulch milled to make bread, or even fuel, and any other practical use aside from fertilization (or in increasingly more cases, decomposing in a plastic bag in some landfill)
And this is the really awesome part:
Don’t just grow a lot of food.
Grow more than the family will buy, or need, for the entire year.
Different residences produce different foodstuffs, eat what they want, then sell or store their food in the central ‘market’ — where they can buy, or trade for, what they don’t produce.
We’re talking a residential community with surplus food production, actively producing needed food without being a traditional food-producing property such as a farm or ranch or biosphere.
This means the family is fed for effectively zero cost, and the homeowner or residential developer can not only produce surplus food for anyone who wants or needs it — but make a profit from it if they so choose.
This concept can be applied all over the world, in most any climate conditions. Irrigation, temperature regulation, and lighting systems exist right now that can adapt on a small scale to individual plant preferences, growing food in optimal conditions no matter where it is grown.
Future breakthroughs in robotics may automate the entire process.