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Manifesto callout, special treatment: Edible Estates is an attack on the front lawn and everything it has come to represent

Edible Estates is an ongoing series of projects to replace the front lawn with edible garden landscapes responsive to culture, climate, context and people

Edible Estates reconciles issues of global food production and urbanized land use with the modest gesture of a small domestic garden

Edible Estates is a practical food-producing initiative, a place-responsive landscape design proposal, a scientific horticultural experiment, a conceptual land-art project, a defiant political statement, a community out-reach program and an act of radical gardening

Edible Estates is nothing new; growing our own food is the first thing we did when we stopped being nomadic and started being civilized

The Edible Estates project proposes the replacement of the domestic front lawn with a highly productive edible landscape. It was initiated by architect and artist Fritz Haeg on Independence Day, 2005, with the planting of the first regional prototype garden in the geographic center of the United States, Salina, Kansas. Since then three more prototype gardens have been created, in Lakewood, California; Maplewood, New Jersey and London, England. Edible Estates regional prototype gardens will ultimately be established in nine cities across the United States.

Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn documents the first four gardens with personal accounts written by the owners, garden plans and photographs illustrating the creation of the gardens--from ripping up the grass to harvesting a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Essays by Haeg, landscapearchitect Diana Balmori, garden and food writer Rosalind Creasy, author Michael Pollan and artist and writer Lesley Stern set the Edible Estates project in the context of larger issues concerning the environment, global food production and the imperative to generate a sense of community in our urban and suburban neighborhoods. This smart, affordable and well-designed book also includes reports and photographs from the owners of other edible front yards around the country, as well as helpful resources to guide you in making your own Edible Estate.

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Preface by Fritz Haeg. Texts by Fritz Haeg, Diana Balmori, Rosalind Creasy, Michael Pollan, Lesley Stern, Michelle Christman, Stan Cox, Michael Foti.

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The Edible Estates project proposes the replacement of the domestic front lawn with a highly productive edible landscape. It was initiated by architect and artist Fritz Haeg on Independence Day, 2005, with the planting of the first regional prototype garden in the geographic center of the United States, Salina, Kansas. Since then three more prototype gardens have been created, in Lakewood, California; Maplewood, New Jersey and London, England. Edible Estates regional prototype gardens will ultimately be established in nine cities across the United States.

Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn documents the first four gardens with personal accounts written by the owners, garden plans and photographs illustrating the creation of the gardens--from ripping up the grass to harvesting a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Essays by Haeg, landscape architect Diana Balmori, garden and food writer Rosalind Creasy, author Michael Pollan and artist and writer Lesley Stern set the Edible Estates project in the context of larger issues concerning the environment, global food production and the imperative to generate a sense of community in our urban and suburban neighborhoods. This smart, affordable and well-designed book also includes reports and photographs from the owners of other edible front yards around the country, as well as helpful resources to guide you in making your own Edible Estate.

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robj98168, August 27, 2009 (view all comments by robj98168)
People say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one!"
-John Lennon
I first got introduced to Fritz Haeg when I saw a report on him on a "CBS News" video and posted the video.
It always does my heart good when I find there are like minded people on this planet. Especially folks like Fritz Haeg. He has designed four projects, turning front yards into gardens or "Edible Estates". What we have here is a great book on the subject of ripping out your front yard and putting a garden of edible delights, and aesthetic beauty in it's place. While being a cross between a story of Haeg's Edible Estates project and an intelligent coffee table book, It is filled with stories and journals of all the homeowners involved from Salinas Kansas to Lakewood (Los Angeles) California; Maplewood New Jersey to London, England. You get an Idea what went through each homeowners minds when given the opportunity to replace the lawn with a veggie garden.What will the neighbors think? Can it be aesthetically pleasing? Included in the book is Fritz's design plan for each project.
Also included in the book is some Stories written buy folks who know this stuff, Like Michael Pollan, who wrote about his fathers dispute with the "community" on not mowing his yard, which made me laugh and think of my own father's hate for the front yard. Of course Dad wanted to rip out the grass and pave the yard, which thankfully for my mother he never did, but still, I'd like to think he would have been very interested in my thoughts on removing grass and growing veggies and fruits instead.
Haeg also goes into slight detail on why it is better to have a garden than a front yard- the dreaded mowing, no fertilizer, pesticides, watering is cheaper (takes less to water plants than grass)
So in Short what we have here is a great book on a great subject, one that will help quell the fear of ripping out your front yard and laying your cards carrots on the table! A must read for anyone who hates lawns as much as I do.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933045740
Subtitle:
Attack on the Front Lawn
Author:
Haeg, Fritz
Contribution:
Stern, Lesley
Contribution:
Balmori, Diana
Publisher:
Metropolis Books
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Environmentally Conscious (Green)
Subject:
Lawns
Subject:
Garden Design
Subject:
Vegetables
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
Edible landscaping.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
February 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
126
Dimensions:
8.55x8.60x.40 in. .88 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Preface by Fritz Haeg. Texts by Fritz Haeg, Diana Balmori, Rosalind Creasy, Michael Pollan, Lesley Stern, Michelle Christman, Stan Cox, Michael Foti.
"Synopsis" by , The Edible Estates project proposes the replacement of the domestic front lawn with a highly productive edible landscape. It was initiated by architect and artist Fritz Haeg on Independence Day, 2005, with the planting of the first regional prototype garden in the geographic center of the United States, Salina, Kansas. Since then three more prototype gardens have been created, in Lakewood, California; Maplewood, New Jersey and London, England. Edible Estates regional prototype gardens will ultimately be established in nine cities across the United States.

Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn documents the first four gardens with personal accounts written by the owners, garden plans and photographs illustrating the creation of the gardens--from ripping up the grass to harvesting a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Essays by Haeg, landscape architect Diana Balmori, garden and food writer Rosalind Creasy, author Michael Pollan and artist and writer Lesley Stern set the Edible Estates project in the context of larger issues concerning the environment, global food production and the imperative to generate a sense of community in our urban and suburban neighborhoods. This smart, affordable and well-designed book also includes reports and photographs from the owners of other edible front yards around the country, as well as helpful resources to guide you in making your own Edible Estate.

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