New Reality Show Follows 6 Young Americans As They Move Back Home to Farm Their Parent’s Yards

Written by on March 22, 2016 in Entertainment, Films & TV, Media & Arts with 15 Comments

Video Source: Yardfarmers Show

By Derek Markham | Tree Hugger

So you think you can farm (your parents' backyard)? An upcoming reality TV show plans to shine a light on yardfarming, with a twist.

Reality TV is so … predictably drama-filled and scripted. There, I said it. I don't want to take anyone's guilty pleasure away from them, so keep on keepin' on, but consider tuning in to what might be the most interesting urban farming reality show ever (OK, so maybe it's the only one, but still …) next spring.

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Yardfarmers, which was created by Erik Assadourian, a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute and a sustainability researcher and writer, aims to follow six young Americans as they move back in with their parents to grow food in their parents’ yards and/or other neighborhood greenspaces. It's an intriguing proposition, and one which may help to bring urban farming and backyard farming out from under the Portlandia hipster umbrella and put it back in the forefront of conversations about sustainability and food systems.

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While the casting for the first season of Yardfarmers is now closed, applications for the 2017 season are still being accepted, with the short list of requirements consisting of affirmative answers to the following four questions:

  • Are you a young American between the ages of 21 and 30ish?
  • Do you live with your parents or would you consider moving back in with them?
  • Do you want to try to convert your parents’ lawn (and neighborhood greenspaces) into a workable yardfarm–one that can sustain you and your family either nutritionally or financially or both?
  • Do you want some guy with a camera following you around while you try to do this for nine months?!?


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  1.' Joy Kay says:

    Yes yes yes

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  3.' Raines Tami says:

    Cool idea.

  4.' Julie Moncur Draayer says:


  5.' Kerry Heatherington says:

    dislike any “reality” show period, however having a garden is nothing new, just lost in the wave of commercializm .

    •' Yolanda Lewis says:

      Not really! The intent is to educate the masses on a healthier existence beyond consuming food from grocery stores. It’s a positive thing!

    •' Kerry Heatherington says:

      i live on a farm and grow my own food .. lol its a reality show , just tageting a different audience,I am pretty sure there are many “intentions ” to it , “educating the masses” may be more of a hook rather than a real intention. BTW wow ! I can not believe that someone would use that term, it just sounds so pompous . Growing yer own food–GOOD. reality shows –BAD sorry fer any confusion ..

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  7.' Daniel Hubbard says:

    Kim Mellace

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  10.' Cara Johnson says:

    Not a TV fan, let alone a ‘reality TV fan,’ but at least this is something healthy as opposed to just showcasing greed and consumerism peopled by narcissists

  11.' Joe Mac says:

    It would be better than any crap that’s on TV now

  12.' Jason Shumway says:


  13.' Chato Tarroza says:

    Yes, I want to see it more.

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