by Tara Morgan
The list of local foods-related Google map groups is growing. Now, not only can you scour your Inter-hood for free food foraging opportunities via the Boise Urban Foods Map, you can also share your backyard with ground-impaired gardening gurus at sharingbackyards.com.
According to their website, Sharing Backyards “encourages urban gardening by connecting those who have space to garden and are willing to share with those who would like to have a gardening space. The program makes maximum use of city space by making sure that even those who dwell in apartments, condos and shared housing have ample place to garden. It connects neighbors of different socio-economic conditions together in a atmosphere of trust while doing something that beautifies the homeowner's yard and provides food for everyone.”
A brief glance at the Boise Sharing Backyards map shows far more dirt-sharers than seekers, with the majority—surprise, surprise—congregating around the North End. Have some ground you’d like to see groomed into a garden, but don’t have the time to do it yourself? Post your plot on Sharing Backyards and let someone else do it for you. Tired of tending to your teeny windowsill herb garden in your small second story studio? Sharing Backyards will hook you up with neighbors ready to lend out some much sought-after space.