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EDIBLE ESTATES Goes to Print!

Posted By Alexandra Kain On May 10, 2008 @ 11:00 am In Botanical,Design for Health,Gardening | 1 Comment

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Fritz Haeg [2] has been turning American lawns into life-giving, sustainable gardens from coast to coast with his project Edible Estates [3]. We’ve been following these lawn-eating transformations for quite some time, so we are beyond excited to see the book Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn [4] go to print. This read is filled with commentary and projects from some of todays most innovative thinkers including Haeg [5], Diana Balmori [6], Rosalind Creasy [7], and Michael Pollan [8].


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The Edible Estates [3] project relies on the generous and ongoing support of art, gardening, and landscaping organizations, volunteers, and homeowners. The project is not meant to transform each lawn into a garden, but to open us up to the possibilities of self-sustenance, organic growth, and perpetual change.

Haeg’s initiative is a much needed counter activism to some frightening statistics about lawns. His own research [9] points out that North Americans devote 40,000 square miles to lawns, more that we use for wheat, corn, or tobacco. And, also that Americans spend $750 million dollars a year on grass seed alone while only 1-2% of America’s food is locally grown – 6-12% of every dollar’s worth of food consumed at home comes from transportation costs.

You can check out all of the edible estates in-depth at Haeg’s website, including the regional prototype garden #6: Baltimore, Maryland. Commissioned by the Contemporary Museum of Baltimore [10] this Edible Estate was set to be planted April 12-14. And, you can also check out instructions [11] on how to build your very own Edible Estate.

Fritz Haeg is at BKLYN Designs today, reading his essay “Full Frontal Gardening”

+ Fritz Haeg Edible Estates [3]
+ Fritz Haeg at BKLYN Designs [12]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/10/edible-estates-the-book/

[2] Fritz Haeg: http://www.fritzhaeg.com/

[3] Edible Estates: http://www.fritzhaeg.com/garden/initiatives/edibleestates/main.html

[4] Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn: http://www.amazon.com/Edible-Estates-Attack-Front-Lawn/dp/1933045744/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207927782&sr=8-1

[5] Haeg: http://www.executiverestaurant.com/

[6] Diana Balmori: http://www.balmori.com/#

[7] Rosalind Creasy: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url?%5Fencoding=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books&field-author=Rosalind%20Creasy

[8] Michael Pollan: http://www.michaelpollan.com/

[9] own research: http://www.fritzhaeg.com/garden/initiatives/edibleestates/resources.html

[10] Contemporary Museum of Baltimore: http://www.contemporary.org/

[11] instructions: http://www.fritzhaeg.com/garden/initiatives/edibleestates/howto.html

[12] + Fritz Haeg at BKLYN Designs: http://brooklyndesigns.net/index.php/events/

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