Posted on 11 March 2009 by

Need Garden Instruction? Rent-a-Farmer!

farmerBy Vanessa Richins

The urban garden movement is growing larger every day, as people find their food budget stretched and long for the taste of fresh foods.

In Ferndale, Michigan, Trevor Johnson runs the Ferndale’s Good Neighbors Garden, a community garden allowing people to rent out plots so they could grow their own fruits, vegetables and herbs.

He didn’t want to just stop there, however.

He knew there were homeowners with land, but no gardening experience.

“To that end, Johnson has started his own business called “Rent-a-Farmer,” which offers clients the chance to use the expertise of real farmers to help them grow fruits and vegetables in their back yards. “This is not about going back to the farm,” said Johnson, who graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in horticulture. ‘It’s about bringing the farm back to us.'”

What services can you get with “Rent-a-Farmer”? It’s all up to the homeowner. There is a basic package that would allow a person to receive lessons in gardening and borrow gardening tools. They could pay additional fees to have farmers work with them even more. There is even a premium level package which would mean that a farmer would watch over your garden for the entire growing season.

You can also hire them for specific gardening projects, such as building raised beds or greenhouses. As Johnson says, “”We’re really open to whatever clients want.”

It’s services like these that will allow people to live healthier lives.

Would you use a service like Rent-a-Farmer?

For more information on Rent-a-Farmer, call Trevor Johnson at (248) 894-4059 or e-mail at


4 Responses to “Need Garden Instruction? Rent-a-Farmer!”

  1. Cheese Says:

    I am interested to see if this type of consultation will work for urban farming. On one hand, this kind of service seems to be a great way of providing expertise to those who are new to the farming game. On the other hand, those who are tinkering and have only a short term interest might not want to commit to pay for a consultation when they are not certain how serious their interest is.

    Personally, I am more a fan of increasing knowledge through media and community and enabling people to some simple things to help them cultivate quality, cheap, local food. I’m not sure that such a premium service would be the way to go, particularly in the current climate.

  2. Raquel at Cool Garden Things Says:

    I think it’s great to find ways to incorporate a farmer into your life…I just wish that we were buying more local produce so our farmers could be working full time on their own farms and in that way strengthening America’s economy.

  3. B. Parker Says:

    Is there a list of participating farmers nation wide? I,m in Charlotte NC. Thankyou

  4. mike Says:

    to me this is a fine idea. of all the things people pay to learn about, and all the ways they invest in their lives (i.e. new cars, furniture, college educations, doctors, etc), investing in learning how to have a better relation with nature and at the same time growing your own food is about the best a person can do. A home garden is a great place for children, it’s great exercise for people of all ages, and it’s immensely satisfying for the soul. plus home-scale gardening is much more ecologically beneficial than large scale row-farming, which tends to deplete soils and lead to a diminishing of biodiversity, no matter how organic the approach is.

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