Food Not Lawns

Front lawns are as American as apple pie and baseball... but why? Are they serving our needs?

Our nation's obsession with perfectly manicured, weed-free front lawns is an exercise in conformity as well as a means of upholding appearance over substance, and continuing to keep regular people dependent on large corporations to meet their fundamental human need for sustenance and nutrition.

What if we could collectively re-think the purpose of our front yards? What alternative functions might they serve? By converting unused front lawns into beautiful, productive gardens, we can achieve so much -

  • Food for ourselves and our families,
  • Food and connection with our neighbors,
  • Emergency/disaster preperadness,
  • Habitat and food for birds, bees, and other wildlife,
  • Fewer (hopefully zero) harmful chemicals entering the soil and the air,
  • Fewer harmful emissions from motorized lawn care implements,
  • A wonderful way to connect with nature,
  • And so much more!

Resources for Replacing Your Lawn -

Need Some Help?

Cooperation Humboldt is building a project to help carry out front yard lawn conversions. If you'd like to apply to be one of our potential sites, please email us.

Our Projects To Date:

Before - this home's front lawn wasn't doing anyone any favors.


After - an attractive cornucopia of edible plants and pollinators to benefit the whole community, human and non-human alike.


It's amazing how much you can fit into a small front yard - in this 35' x 15' area, in addition to a variety of native and pollinator plants, the following edible plants are being grown: fig, apple, blueberries, strawberries, lettuce, kale (annual and perennial), collards, artichokes, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, gooseberry, huckleberry, goumi, raspberries, broccoli, parsley, thyme, and more!