YardYum: The Airbnb of Gardening

Living in a city can be an awesome experience. You get to have all the latest technology available within your reach. Convenience and amenities are provided to you. Not to mention the fact that you get access to the best stores and restaurants. The main reason however, for why a lot of people are moving to cities is the fact that there’s more jobs and career opportunities.

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Although there are lots of perks when you live in a city, there are also some drawbacks. Living in the concrete jungle limits your from breathing fresh air due to a lack of trees and plants. Moreover, you have limited access to fresh and organic food when you live in the city. Those that are sold in supermarkets are typically more expensive, especially if they’re grown organically.

The lack of gardens in the city also limits the opportunity for the younger generation to learn how to plant and grow their own food. With the constrained access to fresh produce, this also limits us from getting healthy nutrition into our system.

Enter YardYum

Not all areas in cities are concrete, of course, and there are some landowners who might have a plot of land or a backyard that’s sitting idly by. There are also some people who have a “green thumb” and would like to do some gardening but don’t have access to land in which they can start one.

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This is what the new startup, YardYum, is trying to solve. It’s been called the “Airbnb of Gardening” because just like Airbnb, YardYum connects the stakeholders. In this case, however, the connection is done between landowners and gardeners, while Airbnb connects homeowners with people looking for a place for a short-term stay.

YardYum works in two ways, one that benefits the landowner and one that benefits the gardener. To simply put it, landowners can have their land rented by gardeners for a fee (or they could ask to be paid a portion of the gardener’s harvest). Gardeners on the other hand can apply to till and plant on the plot of land owned by the owner. The gardener can either pay the landowner monetary rent (typically per gardening season) or pay by sharing a portion of the harvest.

Benefits of Using YardYum

YardYum can benefit the landowner since he or she would be earning money (or food) from their unused land. Especially if the land is just sitting idly. Landowners who cannot take care of their piece of land can profit from it by renting it out to gardeners. A lesser considered benefit is they would also have someone to turn the idle land into healthy soil. Then, of course, there’s the aesthetics! Who doesn’t like to look at a beautiful garden?

Gardeners, on the other hand, will benefit from YardYum by gaining access to a piece of land on which they can plant whatever fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers they desire. For those fond of growing and eating organic produce, this is the best way to have them … especially if you’re living in a city. Plots of land are really expensive if located in a metropolitan area, but by renting out a piece of land which you can use for planting, you not only save money, you are also able to enjoy gardening and eating your produce.
The Safety Net

The YardYum founders understand that it’s not easy to let a stranger onto your land. This is why they implement certain security measures. One of these is only showing the approximate address of the available plot on the website (similar to how Airbnb does it). Only the full address is provided by the owner when they decide to share it with a gardener. This way, landowners can choose who they are going to let onto their land. This is also why gardeners have to provide honest information in the data on their profile. You don’t need to worry, because YardYum wants to protect your privacy as much as they value protecting the interest of the landowners.

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