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Heather Flores, Founder of Food Not Lawns

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Challenge The Monoculture of Lawn After Lawn After Lawn

"I would like to see our culture change so that keeping up with the Joneses means you're more sustainable." says Heather Flores, the founder of Food Not Lawns. They are a non profit organization that promotes the idea of growing food instead of wasting resources on grassy lawns.

"Lawns are the single largest agricultural sector in the country. They are responsible for more fertilizers and pesticides and herbicides and toxins into the river, erosion, run off, water waste, you name it. Petrochemicals. There's really nothing good that lawns are doing for the environment. It seems like it would make a lot more sense to use your land for something that benefits you as an individual vs. surrounding yourself with something that's poisoning you and your family." she adds.

She estimates that for every 100 square feet, you can generate 100 lbs of food. She says:"Food Not Lawns is a challenge to the homogenous monoculture of lawn after lawn after lawn"

Amen! Thank you Heather Flores for changing our cultural beliefs about especially suburban front lawns. They are out dated. They are quaint but useless (even harmful as she points out) holdovers from a time when only wealthy estates could have land to show off, that was manicured, that was used for croquet and tea time - and not used to grow food.

How much more beautiful it is to see fruit trees and flowers!

--Bibi Farber

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