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Foursquare MicroFarm is the home of TLC Fibercraft, Sabian Shepherds . Located on a generous inner city parcel in Cleveland, Ohio, FSMF is making an attempt at urban homesteading, with natural gardening. We're trying to bring a little bit 'o country to the city.
I decided on the name Four Square based on the layout of my home and garden beds. The current house was built in 1919, in an architectural style called Four Square. As you can guess, the house is a perfect square. Based on my size lot I decided I would lay out the beds based on a four square gardening layout. So what is Four Square gardening?
Four Square gardening was a method used commonly by the early Pennsylvania Dutch settlers in America, originally from the English cottage gardens of centuries past. The layout used raised beds of six or seven inches high, laid out in a grid pattern, squares, in even multiples, with a two foot wide path between each bed.
There are four essentials for creating a four square garden:
What is micro farming?
Micro farming involves using a small amount of acreage to produce food to feed the residents, and possibly to sell to others. Micro farming not only included container, patio and back yard gardens, but also involves some type of animal husbandry, such as raising backyard chickens or rabbits. You may be quite surprised how much of your own food you could raise on 1/10 of an acre or more. You just have to be creative with your space.
All of the gardens here at FSMF, both vegetable and ornamental, are fertilized naturally, with manure from the rabbits raised here.
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