Expertise, infrastructure and time necessary to produce a large and regular food source – all year – is SIGNIFICANT. It is unlikely that every household has the means or desire to undertake what is required. But a single Berkeley garden, intensively farmed, can easily produce enough food for 5 or more families.
By allowing those who invest in an Edible Garden to share the food they produce in exchange for value, this type of gardening becomes economically viable and can proliferate. If about one of every five backyards was converted to the production of food, the City of Berkeley would significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with fresh food, and improve the health of workers and residents.