Monday, June 27, 2011

Sustainable Backyard Tour a Success

This past weekend Adventure Farm was a host in the first Midwest Sustainable Backyards Tour. There were 30 backyards on this self-guided tour and 40 participants visited our yard.  It was a great day with people trickling through at just the right pace, which allowed time to talk and enjoy meeting each person.  It was a wonderful way to introduce the backyard space we call Adventure Farm. I learned a lot from my visitors and I hope they gained something from their experience here and at the other sites. I’m looking forward to next year already.

Ed, Lucy and Arlo arriving in sustainable style.

Adventure Farm was also one of the featured yards in a St Louis Public Radio station slide show produced by Madalyn Painter.  It was fun meeting Madalyn the week before the tour when she visited several of the homes that would be participating in the tour. You can see the photos of Adventure Farm at:

When you watch the slide show, Adventure Farm is featured in slides 5-13.

This opportunity and the positive response we received has made me think of other ways that we can share this small oasis.  Guy and I are already talking about  giving people other opportunities to enjoy the yard and share their knowledge about greening the space in which we live. We'll be sure and keep you updated as more events begin to happen here. The next big event is the “Essential Permaculture”  weekend on July 9-10.  The workshop is being held at St Louis University, and the afternoon immediately following the training we will once again visit my yard. This time the yard will look a whole lot different than the first walkabout in April (check out the April 5th blog entry to compare). 

I hope to see some of you at the Essential Permaculutre Workshop and walkabout in a few weeks.

"It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. "
       J.K. Rowling

Make good choices my friends.



  1. I really enjoyed the photos from NPR. I'm glad this was such a good experience for you. Be sure to let me know if you start hearing about the second annual tour - I might like to share our experiences as well!

  2. Thanks and Yes, you should definitely be a home on the next tour. That would be really fun.

  3. Nice pictures and post, thanks for sharing.