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How an Activist Lived Off Food From His Yard

"I want to inspire [people] to question their food and then to change their diets." For a year, environmental activist Rob Greenfield lived off what he grew in his backyard — could you?

Simple and Sustainable Living

Greenfield survived for a full year without ever buying food or medicine. But he didn't live in the woods. He did it all in a backyard in Orlando. Greenfield wanted to prove that natural food is available all around us even in urban spaces. When he wasn't growing his own food, Greenfield foraged fruits and vegetables growing across the city or preserved them for the future. Greenfield says he used to have a regular life running a company in San Diego. But since 2013, he has been on a mission to prove that we can live well with much less.

“For the last year I’ve been growing and foraging 100% of my food. No grocery stores, no restaurants, no beer at a bar. All of my food has to either come from my garden, or that I foraged from nature. So, when I moved here, this abundant garden was just a lawn like that. Which could be going to the ocean to collect my own salt, going fishing or collecting fruit from trees. So, nature has been my garden, has been my pantry and it’s been my pharmacy,” Rob Greenfield tells Brut.

He crossed the U.S. on a bamboo bike during which time he never turned on a single light. He only washed himself in rivers, lakes, and leaking fire hydrants. He wore his own trash for 30 days. He dumpster dived to expose the thousands of dollars worth of food that are wasted every day. He says he is not in it for the money. His income in the year before this experiment was $5,000 based on data from National Geographic. And he's not trying to convince everyone to go off the grid. Instead, he says he wants people to think more carefully about where their food comes from.

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11/16/2019 12:57 PM

2313 comments

  • Wayne M.
    02/26/2021 13:08

    , so... this guy is basically a bum. Our uncle lived like this for years. Staying in sheds or cars at a friends property, foraging across the city for food and other supplies, and didn't have a job.

  • Molly H.
    02/03/2021 21:44

    do you have a long lost brother?? if so this may be him😂

  • Mariechen K.
    01/17/2021 14:05

    Ideal Y con un gran terreno para plantar !

  • Malik R.
    01/07/2021 15:55

    I can smell this dude from here! 🤢🤢🤢

  • Lav K.
    01/07/2021 06:46

    ur future

  • Michael H.
    01/06/2021 01:39

    Braver man than me!

  • Marie B.
    01/05/2021 18:08

    Healthy food

  • Aria L.
    01/05/2021 14:46

    Good for him.I'm impressed

  • Nilab R.
    01/05/2021 12:47

    Like it 🤩

  • Jean W.
    01/05/2021 08:16

    I could. Particularly if I would grow weed. ;)

  • Janu S.
    01/05/2021 04:39

    https://youtu.be/8KkX6KgOsps

  • Kendall S.
    01/05/2021 02:11

    How inspiring! Hopefully his neighbors are considering naturalizing their lawns a little! Why grow grass when you can grow food and medicine?

  • Michael G.
    01/05/2021 02:08

    He looks happy and seems to be enjoying it. Very nice indeed.

  • Pranay C.
    01/05/2021 01:54

    Shada manusher jibone ek din

  • David S.
    01/05/2021 01:25

    This is what a month into communism looks like.... it’s great when you get to do this by choice.

  • Lorenzo D.
    01/04/2021 23:48

    ganon pala dapat kainin yung malunggay dito sa atin

  • Joni P.
    01/04/2021 23:28

    💕

  • Sabrina F.
    01/04/2021 23:28

    First 10sec

  • Karen F.
    09/27/2020 20:10

    Thats how I was raised fruits and veges around our house.

  • Nhel N.
    08/16/2020 11:08

    Thank you.

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