Farm your yard

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

I love this time of year: the leaves on the trees are just beginning to change, the nights and mornings are cooler, and my summer vegetable garden is starting to slow down. Lots of non-gardeners think that September is the harvest month. That is true, but if you have an intensively planted garden like I do, May, June, July, and August are also the harvest months.

Farm Your Yard: Fertilizing 101

Aug 17, 2017
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

I like to preserve what I can of my harvest, which is why I over plant some things, with the idea to enjoy them over the winter months. Tomatoes are pretty high up there on my “I want to eat some now, but I mostly want to eat them later” list. 


Farm Your Yard: Planning the Fall Garden

Jul 18, 2017
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

It’s the middle of summer and the garden is bumping. It’s hot and I am busy trying to keep everything watered and fighting off the inevitable disease and fungus problems that plague all tomatoes grown in our humid climate.

Farm Your Yard: When a Weed is Not a Weed

Jun 21, 2017
Carrie Hargrove / Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Daily life is comprised of a series of tasks that depending upon your natural outlook on life, could be considered tedious, or rewarding. For example, say you love to bake, and making a cheesecake for your loved ones is your definition of a good time.

Farm Your Yard: The True Cost of Your Vegetables

Apr 12, 2017
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

I got into a conversation with a coworker a few weeks back about how hard it was to be a vegetable farmer here in the US. I think being a farmer of anything anywhere is a tough, round the clock, un-glorified job, but having been a small scale produce farmer for a few years I know firsthand that market farming vegetables is demanding.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Not to toot my own horn, but I have a great backyard garden. I really can’t take much of the credit for my backyard garden because I am lucky to have amazing soil in my backyard. Without good, living soil, I wouldn’t be much of a gardener.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

I think there’s a book out there called Everything I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I think that is a great concept, and I think there could be a book written, or at least a saying that goes something like Everything I Really Needed to Know in Life I Learned From Gardening. And today on Farm your Yard, I would like to explain what I mean by that. Let’s talk about what gardening can do for you.

Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

I would like to explain a photo that ran on Thanksgiving day in the Columbia Missourian. It was a picture of a group of folks, some adults, and at least one teenager who were steadily working together towards one large, and possibly overwhelming project on a local farm.

Farm Your Yard: Preserving the Season's Harvest

Oct 9, 2016
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Carrie Hargrove and her fellow urban farmers are busy putting up the season's harvest. On this installment of Farm Your Yard, she shares her tips for preserving vegetables and lessons learned in six years of the Opportunity Garden program.

CCUA / Facebook

For the last seven years, I have spent a lot of time with rotting food. I could tell you some things that would surprise you about the decomposition of different things. For example, avocado skins just don’t break down. Neither do egg shells. Fur really doesn’t go anywhere either. And while it takes a long time to break down, bread from Panera will turn blue as it does- lots of preservatives in that one.

Farm Your Yard: Backyard Pollinators

May 1, 2016
The Xerxes Society

A couple of years ago I was harvesting mustard greens at the small urban farm where I work. I like to work steadily and efficiently, but there was something that totally derailed my task that day. Stuck to one of the leaves was a monarch butterfly chrysalis.  Have you ever seen something like that?

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

On this installment of KBIA's gardening segment, Farm Your Yard, Carrie Hargrove tells us what to do now that will help you be the most successful with your Spring plantings.