So, I have decided to start Edible Landscaping aka "Food not lawns" (thanks Burdockboy). Okay, it may not be a movement, however I have decided to do this for my family. Perhaps my community may become interested. I also told some of my students about this idea. These students are working on a public service announcement campaign about living responsibly (climate change/peak oil/water issues/consumerism). I do know that a few of them are interested in the idea -- they asked me about it after class. :)
A clerk at a local grocery store is a horticulture student at the local college. I have asked her if she had heard of edible landscaping. She had not. I told her about what I want to do. She is going to make a list of great plants to grow along with the fruits and veggies. She does know a lot of medicinal herbs. So, this will help a lot!
Thus far I have looked through a catalog of heirloom seeds. Seed savers is an organization that focuses on saving heirloom seeds. http://www.seedsavers.org/ I am very interested in heirloom veggies (not genetically modified). Seed savers is located near Des Moines, Iowa. This means that their sucessful seeds (in that area) would be fairly similar to mine. I am going to look closely at seeds which fulfill our needs (cold weather, long storage, etc).
I have also been reading Seed To Seed by Suzanne Ashworth. It is an excellent resource for not only the how-tos of saving seeds but also the growing of and additional information.
I think it will be important to grow a mixture of veggies, fruits, herbs, and flowers. I need to determine what will keep away the bunnies. OR - do I plant extras just for the bunnies?
This is the time of year to start the planning of the garden. I have some grid paper and am planning the layout of our garden. I have to keep in mind that this will be a multi-year effort.
The next step will be the plans. I will post those as soon as I come up with something! I will also talk to one of the local organic farmers about doing this. I am one of her "regulars" at the Farmer's Market. Perhaps she will even allow me to "shadow" her or help on her farm.