Our Mission

Growing Healthy People

We educate, motivate, and connect  folks with the information necessary to start growing Healthy People

“There’s 40 1/2 million acres of lawn in the United States, and kids are going hungry.   40 1/2 million acres, and they say we’re having a food production problem.  We use 40% of our potable water on the East Coast just to water lawns!  Grass is the largest cultivated crop in the country…taking up more acreage than corn or soy!  And last I checked, humans can’t eat grass.” — Linda Borghi

Farm-A-Yard is here to support you with proven methods to care for and nurture food crops. You’re here because you care about food production, you’re concerned about food safety and security, you care about changing the world, and you’re ready to start at home, in your local area.

 

Farm-A-Yard is taking action to localize our food one yard at a time. This is food grown fresh for your family, to store for lean times or storms, and even generate income in your local community. Don’t want to grow? You can learn more about supporting local yard farmers and buy or barter from them.

We need everyone in this movement! Growers and eaters.  Here are some of the Farm-A-Yard Take ACTION items:

  1. dig up your yard
  2. heal your soil
  3. use activated water
  4. feed humus-rich soil
  5. grow your own food
  6. buy local food
  7. replace fast food with slow food
  8. learn how to grow for market
  9. ask where your food comes from
  10. help preserve heirloom seeds
  11. learn about companion planting
  12. learn about worms and chickens
  13. & much more!

Farm-A-Yard Manifesto

The Farm-A-Yard Manifesto

The farm makes us human. People decided it made more sense to grow food where they lived rather than to hunt and gather. In fact, farming may have been the initial human act of rebellion — talk about a revolution!

In modern times, humans have strayed further from our food than at any time in our history  We no longer have a relationship with the Earth beneath our feet and our children are having trouble identifying vegetables let alone eat them.  We know we have some work to do so let’s just get on with it.

Eating is an agricultural act. Our buying power determines what farmers grow and we create demand with every bite that we take. For food to be grown and eaten to its potential, there must be a true desire to participate in agriculture that is rooted in ecological sustainability, and motivated by community, quality, and nutrition; not purely production and profit.

There are 40-million acres of lawn in the United States, making it the largest crop under irrigation by far, ten times more than corn! That is so SHORT-SIGHTED. It is gobbling up 40% of the drinking water on the East coast alone……WHY? Status Quo….that’s why  we, at Farm-A-Yard, want to change that in a big way.

We are on a mission to make more sense of our food sources , to create personal agriculture, where people have access to nutrient-dense food that is as close as their kitchen door and — they can ditch the grass and make some cash ta boot!

The mission of Farm-A-Yard is to encourage people to grow healthy soil which in turn will grow healthy people.  We’re providing information on how to take control of your own personal agriculture, connect, and decentralize our food system, bring focus towards the qualitative value of food, and grow as much of it as we can!

We do this by using growing methods that are beyond organic. Our techniques are not just a holistic agricultural system, but a potent movement towards new thinking and practices in all aspects of life connected to food and agriculture.

Farm-A-Yard provides free content, a podcast, live videos, social media news, and blog articles, and will hold regular talks, webinars, and workshops in order to provide opportunities for people to learn the simple and powerful techniques of growing their own food for health and for profit. We provide guidance on how to manage and grow your family’s food garden or small farming business, nourish soil microbes, balance minerals, test soil, and grow healthy soil, so that you can put them to work in your own urban homestead.

It is our sincere belief that if we apply the collective imagination, inspiration, and intuition of our local community and put our will into physical action we can decentralize our food system, and change the way the world grows food.

Our Compost Tea

Let them Dance

Our Compost Tea 

“There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our over- burdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature isyour great restorer.” Calvin Coolidge 

Our Compost Tea is a plant-luscious feeding solution for the whole Earth! Blended from our extraordinary biodynamic earth products, plus our Three Part Protocol, this Compost Tea creates a synergy of nutrition beneficial to all that grows from roots as well as for the microbes. 

The raw material ingredients in all our products are non GMO, organic, or whenever possible biodynamic. 

Our biodynamic preparations are authentically produced and blended into our individual products as well as being an important ingredient in our tea recipes. 

The Original Compost Tea recipe includes water, Earth Tonic, Earth Compound, Earth Kelp and Earth Syrup. This combination has worked extremely well for many years and continues to improve soil conditions. It is difficult to think that there could be anything to improve upon the tried and true formula that has been proving itself for years. Yet, here it is. 

Once the Three Part Protocol and the Original Compost Tea Recipe joined forces we were able to add soil borne microbe blends containing 100’s of species in billions of numbers, which are no longer, or seldom found in farmland. These microbes are delivered in Resonator, a liquid product and Earth Angels, a powder. Additionally, Liquorish is a potent liquid with a complex mineral array. 

Earth Tonic is an excellent fertilizer in its own right. Earth Tonic provides 90+ Organic Nutritional Elements, plus six biodynamic preparations. This equates to Nutrient Density, Soil Vitality, Strong Immunity, Healthy Vibrant Plants, Resistance to Pests/Blight, Superior Yields, Flavorful Foods, and it is Ideal for Hydroponics. A unique product, like nothing you have used before! 

Earth Tonic is a biodynamically enhanced sea mineral complex that contains literally ALL earth bound elements. Every element on the Periodic Table has an enzymatic potential represented as a co-factor. Soil microbes use enzymes for digestion. While it is important for the plants to have the nutrition Earth Tonic provides, it is even more important for the microbes to have access to virtually every element on the periodic table. It takes combinations of minerals and enzymes to process microbial digestion and each specie of microbes has its own specialties and combination. With all potential ingredients available balance is assured. 

Earth Tonic is made with etherically enhanced and structured deep sea water super saturated with ancient ocean crystal salts, biodynamic preparations [bd500-bd508], nettles tea and enhanced clay. Our seawater is collected from the open ocean and contains a proprietary blend of sea minerals from Asia, the Pacific, Atlantic and the Deep Sea, in order to obtain the maximum elemental diversity the Earth has to offer. Earth Tonic supplies all naturally occurring ionic minerals, biodynamically charged and enhanced, ready for uptake. Earth Tonic may be used in all types of plant production and is ideally suited for hydroponic growing.  

Compounding the elements of life, with the wisdom of heritage and modern technology, blended by hand, into a Master Formulation, Potentized and Incubated in the Earth for up to a year to produce a Rich Dark High Quality Biodynamic® Compost. The Food Your Soil Needs! 

Earth Compound is extremely concentrated. A single tablespoon is enough for a 5 gallon bucket applied to a full acre of land. This prod- uct is developed on an organic and biodynamically managed farm, owned and worked by the same family for over 350 years! Our microbes have grown up together and remain very close friends. 

Earth Compound is a compost tea inoculant that works great in any compost tea recipe or any custom or commercial brewing system. It can be used by itself in hydroponics or soil, to inoculate compost, added to a grow mix or as a field spray. 

Earth Compound is a premium biodynamic Compost made from certified biodynamic prepared on Certified Organic soil, including cow manure, ground eggs and oyster shell, basalt, paramagnetic rock dust, local seaweed, worm castings, crushed biochar, crushed terracotta and biodynamic preparations. Once the material is thoroughly dynamized it is placed in an in-ground fermentation pit and the biodynamic compost preparations are added; preparations bd500 and bd 501, horn manure and horn silica, respectively. Covered with a clay cap, it sits for 6 months to a year until fermentation is complete and it becomes a rich, dark high quality humus rich in beneficial fungi, protozoa, bacteria and nematodes, vibrating with Earthly and Cosmic energy. 

This gives the ability to use the preparation as a silica spray when potentized in the morning for application before noon where it will act in a way to promote flowering, fruit and seed production; or as manure spray if used in the afternoon to deepen and promote root growth, balancing the roots with stem, leaf, flower and fruit/seed. 

Earth Kelp is a precious gift from the oceans. Three times as concentrated as other brands, com- pletely water soluble and enhanced with potentized sea water for an abundance of elemental diversity. 

Liquid kelp products are all processed, while how they are processed makes all the difference. We use no chemicals or high heat. Earth Kelp is a blended variety of wild harvested kelp from the global oceans. Some types are best cold pressed and others are better when low heat dried and then micronized. Earth Kelp is completely water soluble, potentized, dynamized, concentrated and rich with minerals and amino acids. 

Kelp and ocean water perfectly compliment each other and the garden will get the praise. Bathe your plants in the ocean harvest and watch them burst with goodness. Earth Kelp delivers over 70 important nutrients to plants, including vitamins and minerals, some of which are scarce in soils. Earth Kelp reduces summer heat stress in plants, it adds valuable micronutrients, natural growth hormones and vitamins that help increase yields, improves soil structure, reduces plant stress during drought and frost. It is also a bioactivator which improves soil conditions and breaks down compost and plant material. 

Use Earth Kelp as a plant tonic, foliar spray or add it to compost tea. 

BioDynamic mixtures such as Earth Kelp maximize the potential for plant growth by recreating the complete and complex synergy between minerals, microbes and enzymes present in nature. biodynamic farming is the highest level of growing technique which strives to create the best growing environment possible. biodynamic farming provides nutrients to plants, in a sustainable way, with great diversity, resulting in a healthier and stronger crop, that does not decrease the quality of the soil.

Earth Syrup is a beneficial food source for plants, micronized for maximum solubility, perfect for microbes to make perfect plant food. With a unique combination of organic compounds and essential elements directly involved in photosynthesis and primary metabolic reactions, Earth Syrup is a carbon based product that ignites the metabolic activity of soil and plants. Over 10 diverse organic ingredients stimulate the growth of beneficial microbes and plants in all stages. Earth Syrup encourages higher yields as well as production of primary compounds that cause plants to smell and taste better. 

Earth Syrup, (2–2–1), is dry natural and organic plant nutrients blended to create the premium, hand-crafted food that will delight your plants. Not only is it beneficial for your garden, it also serves as a source of energy for hungry microbes in compost tea. Earth Syrup has been proven to promote vigorous plant growth, strengthening both indoor and outdoor plants through all stages of life. 

Earth Syrup is perfect for plant growth stimulation, microbe food, carbohydrate sweeteners and micronutrient delivery systems. It contains high quality molasses plus soil amendments including fish meal, rock phosphate, whey, yucca, rock dust, humates, silicones and more. It is an ideal food source for microbes to make perfect plant food. Earth Syrup is micronized below 500 microns for maximum solubility and plant uptake. 

Use as an ingredient in compost tea, as a component in custom soil blends or directly into the soil or hydroponic system. 

Meet Linda Borghi

Linda Borghi

Founder

Linda Borghi, Biodynamic farmer of Abundant Life Farm in Walker Valley, NY has no lack of diverse experience.  She worked both sides of the fence, as both a vendor and producer. She began her career in 1977, managing four star restaurants on the upper east side of Manhattan, including La Grenouille, Bruno’s, Toscana and Piccolo Mondo. She began farming in 1988 on Block Island, RI where she established Abundant Life Farm. There she invented a 5 gallon pasteurization machine, and was the only farm in the country with a “herd” of one cow to be licensed to sell cheese to the public.

In 1992 she returned to the mainland to manage the cut flower operation of 26 Costco wholesale locations. Her territory was from Norfolk, VA to Holbrook, LI. In 1998 she was the first intern at the Pfeiffer Center Garden in Chestnut Ridge NY, which pioneered the practices of Rudolf Steiner’s Biodynamic agriculture.

In 2004 she re-established Abundant Life where she began practicing SPIN-Farming and established the Eat Local Virtual Farm stand which created a direct distribution channel from farmer to eater.

In 2009 Linda spoke at the United Nations at a conference entitled Food, Famine and the Future of Food Technology.

In 2015 she felt the strong desire to teach others of both the importance of why they should farm-a-yard and Farm-A-Yard was born with a mission to turn lawns into food and to teach BioEnergetic methods. This mission took her on the road with the “Grow Food Earn Money Tour”. She is now located in South Carolina and continues to speak, educate, mentor and grow opportunities for others through online podcasts, webinars, Farm-A-Yard training, classes, and events.

Speaking & Presentations

Linda Borghi, Biodynamic farmer of Abundant Life Farm in Walker Valley, NY has no lack of diverse experience.  She worked both sides of the fence, as both a vendor and producer. She began her career in 1977, managing four star restaurants on the upper east side of Manhattan, including La Grenouille, Bruno’s, Toscana and Piccolo Mondo. She began farming in 1988 on Block Island, RI where she established Abundant Life Farm. There she invented a 5 gallon pasteurization machine, and was the only farm in the country with a “herd” of one cow to be licensed to sell cheese to the public.

In 1992 she returned to the mainland to manage the cut flower operation of 26 Costco wholesale locations. Her territory was from Norfolk, VA to Holbrook, LI. In 1998 she was the first intern at the Pfeiffer Center Garden in Chestnut Ridge NY, which pioneered the practices of Rudolf Steiner’s Biodynamic agriculture.

In 2004 she re-established Abundant Life where she began practicing SPIN-Farming and established the Eat Local Virtual Farm stand which created a direct distribution channel from farmer to eater.

In 2009 Linda spoke at the United Nations at a conference entitled Food, Famine and the Future of Food Technology.

In 2015 she felt the strong desire to teach others of both the importance of why they should farm-a-yard and Farm-A-Yard was born with a mission to turn lawns into food and to teach BioEnergetic methods. This mission took her on the road with the “Grow Food Earn Money Tour”. She is now located in South Carolina and continues to speak, educate, mentor and grow opportunities for others through online podcasts, webinars, Farm-A-Yard training, classes, and events.

There are 40 million acres of lawn in the United States, making it the largest crop under irrigation by far, ten times more than corn! We at Farm-A- Yard want to change that in a big way.

We are on a mission to make more sense of our agriculture. We want to create personal agriculture, where people have access to nutrient dense food that is closer to them, and they can actively take part in the production process — even make a profitable business out of it!

We’re taking it to the streets, to conferences, to city councils, even to the United Nations!

2024 – Foraging for Wild Herbs

https://farmayard.podbean.com/mf/play/hfbc5l/2024_-_7_3_20_938_AM_arbph.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS with host Linda Borghi In this episode I am speaking with a long time friend and my fairy godmother. Yup, fairy godmother. You will learn from the best, because that happens to be my relationship history, The Very Best! To support this podcast …

2023 – Good Luck Yogi

https://farmayard.podbean.com/mf/play/8gdrc9/Episode_2023_Good_Luck_Yogi_72see.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS In this episode I am speaking with the creator of a device that will teach children how to meditate and Breath! Let’s hope the children can then pass this learning on the adults in their lives.  O u r M i s s …

2022 – In The Belly of the Beast

https://farmayard.podbean.com/mf/play/iwcr8h/Episode_2022_Kathy_Puffer_-_6_21_20_824_PM_7cdtu.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS with host Linda Borghi In this episode I am speaking with Kathy Puffer and she was the first home in the country to have a biodigester in her basement. Yup….organic waste into the belly of the beast which then produces gas. Let’s find …