I live in a modest house in Gardenside. My back yard has no grass. It has the city’s 71st rain garden and five rain barrels, which help with our stormwater issues.
It also has 10 blueberry bushes, three fig trees, innumerable strawberry and raspberry plants, eight raised growing beds, beneficial insect and bee-attracting flowers, compost heaps, culinary herbs and an earthworm hotel.
Hmm. It seems to me that I and other “backyard farmers” should qualify for a considerable property tax deduction for turning our suburban plots back into farms. Instead of gleaning extra produce, I would sell a few pints of blueberries and get a sizable deduction. Just saying.