Foot Print Farms has created the Farm in a Box. A square-foot cypress container nestled producing plants, whether herbs or a trio of tomato, melon and bell pepper. Name your farm, she tells new box owners. One customer painted hers purple and dubbed it “Royalty Farms.”
The only tool needed is a spoon or a fork. Water it once a day, feed it once a week, “give it a little love and it will grow and produce food.” It’s portable, small enough for a stoop, table, balcony or back step. The farm buys the wood; We Will Go Ministries on Farish Street trains people and builds the boxes. That way, “we’re also helping job creation,” said Ayers-Elliott. Such partnerships are vital, and as cozy as the hearts decorating her studded, rhinestone belt. A common thread strengthens all.
That spoon or fork? Not just for eating the harvest. After the farm box has run its season, it stirs the soil for the next planting. “We hope with this small box, you’ll want another one. And another one,” building up to six or nine boxes and as many different types of vegetables, herbs or fruit such as strawberries or melons.
“It’s a turnkey,” she said, then teased, “better than a puppy.”
Buy as many as you want to grow your garden diversity!