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Tour/Graze Backyard Food Forest

Sarasota, United States

Experience hosted by Diane

90 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes drinks

What you'll do

RIGHT NOW (early April) Have you ever eaten the small, sour, acidic, and somewhat astringent fruit of a Himalayan silverbush? They are in season.

Come with me and explore all the corners of my small-scale food forest. We live in a world filled with the tastes and textures of many foods that most people in the United States have never heard of. And we don't always know how to eat some foods that are oh-so-familiar. Did you know that you can eat broccoli leaves (and that they taste like broccoli florets)? I love to share what I know about these foods and how I grow them. Despite the numerous and voracious pests that call Florida home, I grow all this without herbicides or pesticides.

Other things to note
Check out http://www.groundbreakingroots.com/ if you want to know more about some of the foods I grow.
RIGHT NOW (early April) Have you ever eaten the small, sour, acidic, and somewhat astringent fruit of a Himalayan silverbush? They are in season.

Come with me and explore all the corners of my small-scale food forest. We live in a world filled with the tastes and textures of many foods that most people in the United States have never heard of. And we don't always know how to eat some foods that are oh-so-familiar. Did you know that y…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Drinking water

Meet your host, Diane

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 18 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Twenty years ago, I planted some tropical fruit trees. Then I began looking into what greens would grow during our sweltering summers. Nothing from the supermarket seemed promising! I set out to educate myself and found subtropical vegetables that flourish over the summer. Only after the permaculture movement hit, did I discover that there is a name for what I had created in my backyard - a Food Forest. As my yard became more edible, I found that I had far more abundance than we could eat at home. About ten years ago, I started selling the surplus through the Sarasota Farmers Market. About five years ago, I embarked on a cross-country sustainable farm tour to visit farmers who engaging in sustainable practices. I shared the vision and practices from each farm on the GroundBreaking Roots blog.
Twenty years ago, I planted some tropical fruit trees. Then I began looking into what greens would grow during our sweltering summers. Nothing from the supermarket seemed promising! I set out to educate myself and found subtropical vegetables that flourish over the summer. Only after the permaculture movement hit, did I discover that there is a name for what I had created in my backyard - a Food Forest. As my yard became more edible, I found that I had far more abundance than we could eat at hom…
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Where you'll be

The food forest is located at my home. Since we will be outside, if a hard rain or storm is predicted, please check for cancellation. Due to covid-19, I will be masking up and following physical distance recommendations.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 18 reviews.

Dawn
March 2021
I live nearby and I’m looking to create my own food garden. She was super helpful with assisting me with figuring out what I might want to grow. She even sent me home with some plants and cuttings. I highly recommend her tour!
Anna
March 2021
Diane was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about her garden! She had answers for every question and we learned so much about what it’s like to have a garden in Sarasota (as opposed to where we are from).
Alia
February 2021
Diane is knowledgeable, genuine, and so kind! I purchased this experience for my husband's Christmas gift and we both had the BEST time getting the tour of Diane's beautiful property. From items we already knew and love, to new plants, vegetables, and fruits we did not know existed! As locals, we were thrilled to learn tips and tricks for ways we can better our goal of sustainable gardening! Diane provided us with samples and so much information! Thank you, Diane! We appreciate the experience immensely and highly recommend!
Diane is knowledgeable, genuine, and so kind! I purchased this experience for my husband's Christmas gift and we both had the BEST time getting the tour of Diane's beautiful proper…
Amy
January 2021
We had a wonderful experience viewing the garden and learning about so many local plants and some not so local that could grow and thrive here that could be grown together and were edible. I never knew there were so many varieties of avacadoes.
We had a wonderful experience viewing the garden and learning about so many local plants and some not so local that could grow and thrive here that could be grown together and were…
Freddrika
January 2021
Diane grows an amazing variety of fruits and vegetables grown in her yard. I saw and learned many things... this tour is appropriate for children and adults. Lots of opportunities to taste, smell and touch. I was given a variety of unusual vegetables to take home and make a salad.:) Thanks Diane!!!
Diane grows an amazing variety of fruits and vegetables grown in her yard. I saw and learned many things... this tour is appropriate for children and adults. Lots of opportunitie…
Matthew
December 2020
Our tour of Diane’s yard was a delightful experience. Her enthusiasm and expertise shined through in each of her stories, ranging from cultivation of seedlings to experimentation of different irrigation techniques. Being able to taste the garden as she explained the history was a definite bonus. We would highly recommend this tour to any foodie or nature enthusiast.
Our tour of Diane’s yard was a delightful experience. Her enthusiasm and expertise shined through in each of her stories, ranging from cultivation of seedlings to experimentation…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to bring

Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Dress for the weather and the sun.