Bosnia: On the Forefront of "Food Not Lawns"In 1999 a group from Eugene Oregon created a social movement entitled "Food Not Lawns." This group's goal is to convince Americans to replace their finely manicured lawns with food producing organic gardens. While this makes some sense for places like Eugene, I am not sure it makes as much sense in Gilbert, Arizona. Personally, I had enough trouble keeping my lawn alive in Lenexa...not sure I really wanted to spend my days tending to tomatoes and strawberries. Would have needed to fly my mother and her green thumb in once a week!
What appears to be necessity rather than first world guilt, Sarajevo is on the forefront of the "Food Not Lawns" movement. As we have walked around our town, we have noticed many yards that have been converted into food producing gardens.
|A yard with large food producing garden.|
Our next door neighbor, for example, has a wonderful garden which he tends to every day. He is an older gentleman who clearly takes a tremendous amount of pride in his garden (reminds me of our neighbor, Danny, who works harder on his lawn than anyone I have ever met).
|Our next door neighbor's yard. Much of the food has been harvested. His tomatoes are enormous!|
|There are fruit trees everywhere. Like in the Philippines, there are many in public areas where I have seen people picking and eating fruit freely.|
|Grape vines growing along someone's driveway.|
|The view of our "mountain" park that is behind our house. The thing on the left is a haystack.|
|The other day a shepherd brought her sheep to the mountain to feed. And today somebody was herding some goats up there.|
Harvest season means more than just food. Cold snowy winters require preparation. All around us people are storing up wood for their fireplaces. They both heat their houses and cook using this wood.
|Everywhere we go people are out cutting and stacking wood.|
|Even this late in the season, the flowers remain in bloom.|
To help wtih the homesickness, we have been pleased to discover another plant that grows well here. The seeds come with less salt so they are not quite as addictive (or bad for you).
|It is not quite Grinter Farm.|
Even those who live in old Soviet era housing (this building is a little nicer looking than some of the Tito apartments) do a wonderful job of decorating their balconies with flowers.
|We have been surprised how nice most apartments are inside.|
|This appears to be a cool little playhouse|
|How many different shrubs can you have in place?|
|Gorgeous front gate of a home in a small neighborhood|