The number of acres of lawn in the U.S. totals 40.5 million acres at an annual cost of $30 billion in maintenance, according to Food Not Lawns KC. This equates to more than 7 billion gallons of water and 3 million tons of fertilizers just for keeping up these areas.
Food Not Lawns is a national movement to inspire local chapters to teach members of the community how to reduce this waste while increasing sustainable food production and food security for themselves. The Kansas City chapter will conduct a UMKC “Communiversity” series of four classes designed to teach you how to change your resource-draining lawn into beautiful gardens and permaculture.
The presenters, including master and qualified gardeners, will hold four sessions dealing with topics that include whole system design, garden preparation, permaculture, water-wise gardening, seed saving, planting and free resources. The four 2-hour sessions begin March 5th. For details, visit the Food Not Lawns KC Spring Communiversity page.