Man turns people’s yards into micro urban farms; everyone benefits

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Sean Conway of Lakewood is a new kind of farmer. Learning agriculture and farming in the peace corps, returning home he had an idea that started to grow on him.

“It just made sense to me to replace grass with things you can actually eat,” Conway said.

Squash, peppers, basil, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes and more, all grown in your backyard. And all the homeowner has to do is nothing, except provide the water. That’s water, Conway said, that you would be using anyway on your grass.

Conway’s business, Micro Farms, will till the soil, plant the crops, weed the crops, prune as necessary and harvest the bounty while the homeowner does nothing.

During harvest season, per the agreement between Micro Farms and the homeowner, the homeowner will receive one basket per week full of what has been growing in the garden. The rest Conway takes to a local farmers markets and sells for profit.

Lakewood resident Karen Nader loves the arrangement for practical reasons.

“I hate watering grass. I would much rather water vegetables than water grass," she said.

Homeowner happy, urban farmer happy.