Food Not Lawns ~ Fort Wayne

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Turning Yards Into Gardens, & Neighborhoods Into Communities

Food Not Lawns Fort Wayne was official on August 3rd, 2014 when 35 community members gathered to discuss how this thing could work for our community.  We adhere to a structure of group cooperation and have no elected leaders or hierarchy. Decisions are made democratically, with love. Our strength and focus comes from a very committed core member group and a diverse and inclusive membership. We hope that everyone will contribute what they feel they can and would enjoy adding to the group’s mission.

Everyone has a part.

Our group mission:

Food Not Lawns is a community, focused on replacing urban lawns with food-producing organic   gardens. Food Not Lawns’ basic premise is to garner surplus resources – whether food, seeds, plants, tools, garden space, publications, or volunteer time – and channel them toward building sustainable and edible landscapes.

Join Food Not Lawns Fort Wayne and Enjoy

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➥ Seed and Plant Swaps

➥ Garden Mobs

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➥ Sustainability Projects

➥ Educational Workshops

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➥ Community Composting

➥ Urban Hens Projects

➥ Children’s Activities

➥ Resource/Tool Sharing

➥ And MUCH More!



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How can I become more involved and connect with FNL Fort Wayne?

➥ Join our group on facebook at

to stay informed of events, share information and connect with others.

➥ Join in on our local Garden Mob work groups and begin making new connections while pulling weeds, learning, and planting seeds.

Find more information here:

➥ Join our email list by sending an email to:

➥ If you are ready to spend time working with us, you are encouraged to become a working “core member”.  To attend our monthly core member meetings, find dates, times, and locations here:

Food Not Lawns is a social movement focused on replacing urban lawns with food-producing organic gardens. Food Not Lawns was founded in Eugene, Oregon in 1999 by Tobias Policha, Nick Routledge, and Heather Jo Flores (who later wrote a book entitled “Food Not Lawns, How To Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community”).  FNL’s basic premise was to garner surplus resources, whether food, seeds, plants, tools, garden space, publications, and volunteer time, and channel them toward building better food security for the community at hand.

Born of Eugene’s radical political organizing community in the late 1990’s, Food Not Lawns evolved directly out of the local chapter of Food Not Bombs, a free food-sharing collective sharing a common concern with food justice issues, and a similar stewardship and democratic approach. Neither Food Not Lawns nor Food Not Bombs chapters answer to a central decision-making body. Food Not Lawns chapters have common activities. They organize local seed swap events, build community gardens, and much more.

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