These photos come from God’s Hill City Farm in Milwaukee. This farm is located in my dad’s backyard and he’s been out there most every morning and evening in season since 2006. Inspired by MacArthur Genius Will Allen over at Growing Power, where he is a board member, Father Dearest started his urban farm to give a home to worms. It is like a worm homeless shelter, if worms needed one. Yes, I said that.
“Give a worm a banana peel and they’re at the drive-in with a cute gal, a sexy movie and a 40,” Dad says. His mission is to make sure the worms are happy in his compost bin and they return the favor by pooping very serious nutrients into the soil, which in turn, gives Dad delicious arugula (the choice of bourgeoise everywhere), basil, raspberries, tomatoes, kale, potatoes and the like.
You can learn more about starting your own backyard farm at Milwaukee Renaissance. Spring is just around the corner ( we can pretend, can’t we?), and you can start composting and gathering your worms ’round right now. Dad would welcome any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.