An Urban Farm Design Contest! Enter Now…

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Annmarie and I were blown away at the suggestions in the comments from our post about our new garden and yard space here.

There were so many great ideas and it seemed like a lot of you wanted to enter into a contest to share your own and get rewarded for it. So we’ve decided that we’re game to run one for you!

Here’s how it will all play out

I thought about a few different ways to run this thing, and each one had its good and bad.

Ultimately, we’ve decided to do it this way.

1. Anyone who would like to submit an idea or mock up of plans will be entered. (We’ll count all of you who commented on the last post as well.)

2. We will award these two specific categories for complete mockups (on either the entire yard, part of the yard, or the garden.) These categories are Most Creative and Best Overall — as judged by Annmarie and I.

3. We’ll also award ideas — for those of you who aren’t interested in more complete mockups. We’ll pick 3-5 of the best ideas that we use and we’ll give you a prize as well.

4. How to enter? If you want to share plans — they don’t need to be exact in terms of measurements — then you can scan and email them to, or if you want, you can mail them to:

Renegade Health
2532 Durant Ave, Suite 105
Berkeley, CA 94704

If you want to just share ideas or not draw out anything, then you can put your “entry” in the comments section on this post. If you’ve already commented on the other post that’s fine too — we’ll be pulling ideas from both.

5. I haven’t decided on a prize just yet, but the two categories with full plans will be the most rewarded and any ideas we choose to use will be rewarded less. If you have any ideas about what rewards you’d like, then please share them in the comments. (No, we won’t be rewarding you for the idea for rewards that we choose, LOL.)

Regardless, they will be good!

So here’s what you’ll need:

OK, so I have pictures of all the spaces here. So that’s important so you can get a good idea of what we’re dealing with.

Second, I’ve drawn out — not necessarily to scale, the yard and the garden. The garden is approximately 20 X 40 ft.

You can see the entire yard here:


Here are some things that I’d like to say about this space…

  • The carport in the front is covered and we’ll keep it that way.
  • There is a little sun in the side yard, but not much.
  • Very little sun in the front yard, due to a palm tree in our neighbor’s yard.
  • The sun in the yard is mainly limited to the left of the Unknown tree — though we will be trimming some of the trees to create more sun around the deck and dirt area between the trees, deck stairs and garden.

The garden:


The sun right now is limited to the left of the plum tree — though we will be trimming these back.

And a view from above from Google:


Each one of these should help you out.

I, of course, understand that it’s not exact, and don’t expect exact anything. I think ideas and mockups using estimated sizing and assumptions about sun, etc. are fine to us.

I’ll be around the blog here the next few days to answer any questions you may have, so please post them here and I’ll answer them as fast and as best I can.


Since some people may be mailing some plans in, I think we’ll do a 30 day deadline on this one. So May 4th, 2013, will be the day we close entries.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress, as well as get you some prize ideas in the next few days!

Enter Now: What are your ideas / plans for our new space? (Go ahead and post below, or send plans via email or snail-mail.)

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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