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  • Sharon Lipinski

    I love the thought of a city in the middle of a prairie. It's a paradigm shift: we are part of the ecosystem.

  • Bradley Urso

    I love the idea of prairie lawns. Bees and other pollinating organisms could really benefit from the increase in plants native plants. I think this will catch on as more people realize how beautiful natural looking landscapes, or edible gardens are and how much more interesting they are to look at than lawns. I don't really see the use in grass unless it's being utilized as a place to run about or engage in some other activity.

    • Adele Peters

      That is such an awesome garden. 5,000 pounds of food in a year from one yard- incredible.

  • davidmschutz

    I don't disagree with the points made, nor do I have any vested interest in turf, but a discussion about the carbon impact of lawns should at least mention the role that they serve as relatively dense carbon sinks.

      • davidmschutz

        Because of fertilizer AND fuel use. But as stated at the end of the article you linked to, use of organic fertilizer and human-powered maintenance methods can flip the equation. Maybe not feasible for the country club, but certainly for the modest backyard. And while there's absolutely a case for a movement that aims to change codes to enable more urban and suburban food production--changes that definitely need to happen--the all-or-nothing message that accompanies it may serve to alienate people who are not receptive to the idea of giving up their lawns entirely.

        • Adele Peters

          That's a great point- there are definitely more responsible ways to take care of a lawn than the standard practices...

  • GladysG

    Shout out to Edible Estates! They rock!!