A 2005 study found 40 million acres of lawn in USA

“ turf grasses would represent the single largest irrigated ‘crop’ in the U.S.” 1

Water used: 49 billion gallons of water a week

Fertilizer used: 3 million tons/year

Deathacides used: $2.2 billion used in USA 2007, 10 times more than Industrial Agriculture.

40 million acres of ecological blight offer a unique opportunity to eradicate, remediate and #CarbonFarmLawn . Edible Landscaping, Backyard Orchard Culture, Naturescaping with native trees, shrubs and perennials and multifunctional rain gardens are  sustainable practices that keep carbon in the soil and in perennial biomass. They can supply multiple vital ecosystems services such as soil creation stormwater remediation, water filtering and infiltration, food and medicine, biodiversity, wildlife habitat and human spiritual  wellbeing.

We can convert the front yards of America into beautiful, biologically diverse, perennial and productive carbon sequestration systems, Paradise Gardens.


  1. Milesi, C., Elvidge, C.D., Dietz, J.B., Tuttle, B.T., Nemani, R.R. and Running, S.W., 2005. A strategy for mapping and modeling the ecological effects of US lawns. J. Turfgrass Manage, 1, pp.83-97.
Lawrence Lawn Eradication Workshop

Lawrence Lawn Eradication Workshop

Members of Lawrence Food Not Lawn descended upon the front yard of Ann Hamil on a crisp fall day and proceeded to eradicate a 50′ x 4′ strip of lawn.  Ann plans to plant chard, greens and vegetables to share with her neighbor.  She is also planting , herbs in a ring around her pear tree. She has two tall pear trees that are very productive so Ann shares the surplus with her neighbors.

The hands on workshop was the culmination of a two part project by Lawrence Food Not Lawn  first a Lawn eradication 101 presentation November 11th and then the hands on workshop November 19, 2016.