Are you tired of lawn maintenance? Do you want to learn how to grow food? Put away your mower. The Lawns to Lettuce program may be for you! The Lawns to Lettuce program encourages landowners to convert a portion of their lawn to grow edibles in a way that builds healthy soil, protects pollinators, minimizes pesticide use, reduces runoff and conserves water.
- Join us at one of our upcoming Lawns to Lettuce workshops.
- Send us photos of your projects! If you’ve replaced a portion (or all) of your lawn with edibles, your example can help encourage others. Email ccoronado(at)snohomishcd.org or call 425-377-7009.
Here are some Lawns to Lettuce inspiration-inducing gardens. People around Snohomish County and Camano Island have transformed their yards to create beautiful, food-producing landscapes. Click below to view video (1:20).
Lawns to Lettuce Success Story: Terry Myer
Stats: Terry grew and donated 2,055 lbs of produce in the first year after converting part of her lawn to edible garden beds.
"After attending SCD's Lawns to Lettuce workshop I was HOOKED! It was so easy to grow food instead of grass. The experts at SCD had answers for every question and solutions to my excuses." -Terry Myer | Marysville WA resident
And now, Terry is getting positive feedback from her class attendees.
Regarding the Lawns to Lettuce Fall & Winter Gardening Prep class, "I was totally impressed with this class. The presentation was easy to understand, yet supplied a ton of information and resources. She [Terry] made beginning gardening less overwhelming and so much easier to understand. I'm so excited to begin my own gardening even though I have a very small area to use. I currently use the food bank, so this will make things much easier on me as well and fresher vegetables. Thanks so much for having these classes available to the community. Such a great resource. Love love love the idea." - Karen Groff Hendricks.
Keep up with Terry's gardening, be encouraged, and find out when she's teaching Lawns to Lettuce classes by liking her Down to Earth Facebook page.
Program News & Highlights
Hügelkultur is a German word that means hill or mound. In agriculture and gardening, it means no-dig raised beds constructed from decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximize surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Photo credit: www.richsoil.com
In the pouring rain, almost 40 homeowners gathered for this year's first Lawns to Lettuce workshop, in the garden of Terry Myer, coordinator for the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce and the online community, Being Neighborly Lake Stevens.