Foursquare MicroFarm is the home of Sabian Shepherds and Rush Hour Rabbitry Rabbitry. Located on a generous inner city parcel in Cleveland, Ohio, FSM is making an attempt at urban homesteading, with natural gardening and animal husbandry. We're trying to bring a little bit 'o country to the city.
What is Four Square gardening?
Four Square gardening was a method used commonly by the early Pennsylvania Dutch settlers in America, originally from the English cottage gardens of centuries past. The layout used raised beds of six or seven inches high, laid out in a grid pattern, squares, in even multiples, with a two foot wide path between each bed.
There are four essentials for creating a four square garden:
- Four plots
What is micro farming?
Micro farming involves using a small amount of acreage to produce food to feed the residents, and possibly to sell to others. Micro farming not only included container, patio and back yard gardens, but also involves some type of animal husbandry, such as raising backyard chickens or rabbits. You may be quite surprised how much of your own food you could raise on 1/10 of an acre or more. You just have to be creative with your space.
All of the gardens here at FSM, both vegetable and ornamental, are fertilized naturally, with manure from the rabbits raised here.
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