2012 Sustainable Backyard Tour – opportunity to get involved

People touring a backyard garden on the 2011 Sustainable Backyard TourThe Sustainable Backyard Tour is a self-guided, open-house-style tour of sustainable outdoor spaces in and around St. Louis. Attendees get to see how others have integrated sustainable living practices including rainwater harvesting, composting, keeping chickens, bees, or goats, using renewable energy, permeable surfaces, recycled art and more.

The concept of the Sustainable Backyard stresses converting unproductive, high-maintenance lawn and pavement into something more useful and restorative―both to the earth itself and the human spirit. A sustainable backyard offers the opportunity to provide food for our families, wildlife habitat, relaxation and visual appeal, all while minimizing impacts on the environment and the communities in which we live.

The organizers are looking for yards to include on the tour. We know some of you have great yards, and planting with natives definitely fits the Sustainable theme. They’re also looking for volunteers and sponsors. If you’d like to be involved, visit the website.

This year’s tour will be Sunday, June 24 from 11am to 4pm. If you want to attend the tour, check back later to register.