Diana Vergis Vinh says there’s advantages to planting out front on the “sidewalk strip.” That’s the strip of ground between the sidewalk and the street. In Seattle where she lives, it’s legal to plant there, there are set-back and height requirements and you do have to have a permit, but the permit is free. Diana says that being out front creates visibility and interest, and it helps build community that way. She’s met lot’s of her neighbors while working out front and she says gardening is also great for your mental health. It’s also more space to grow and when you’re in the city you need every inch.
Diana spent many summers on her uncles’s farm in Iowa and she’s always wanted her own farm. She’s been growing food and raising chickens for the past 20 years. Check out her blog Urban Farm Hub and read more about urban farm news of the Northwest.