Luke Keegan from Oakland, California was bored with mowing his front lawn over and over again without anything to show for his efforts. He then came up with an idea which may seem radical to someone living in an urban area: replacing his lawn with a vegetable garden. It is then that the project Luke calls Operation “F**k the Lawn” was born.
Urban gardening, however, is not only a rapidly-growing movement in the United States but also elsewhere. Although the idea first made its way into our cities with the emergence of suburbia and the concept of ‘allotments’ common in Western Europe, the real urban gardening boom is closely connected with the processes of deindustrialization.
In many large cities, the closing of factories and disappearance of jobs meant large percentages of the population had to leave, which in turn resulted in the appearance of vast arable land surfaces on lots that used to be located in the middle of once thriving urban centers. Detroit is one notable example of a postindustrial city which now puts urban gardening at the core of its effort to rebuild itself; more than 1,400 urban farms had sprung up in the Motor City by 2014 which produced 200 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables annually.