An interview with James Blyth, founder of the Backyard Based Urban Farming Project, working to start a backyard-based, not-for-profit urban farming project in Brisbane that is focused on three things: reducing food miles, improving access to healthy food in ‘food desert’ areas, and educating young people in organic farming techniques.
Oh, and he’s also biking over 2500kms to demonstrate the distance food travels to make it to our tables.
What was hardest about starting?
The hardest part was overcoming the fear that maybe I had bitten off more than I could chew with the project and the cycle trip. I had to keep telling myself that it was worth trying, even if it didn’t work out exactly the way I was planning.
Why did you choose StartSomeGood as your partner?
StartSomeGood seemed like the perfect platform to launch my idea, and it allowed me to have a powerful campaign page and an easy to use pledge system.
How are you keeping the momentum for your campaign going?
I am keeping a weekly blog at https://freewheelingfarmer.com with plenty of social media posts through Instagram and Facebook. By being on the road I am also meeting lots of new people and spreading the word through a message written on the side of my bike.
What kind of support do changemakers in your community need?
I think a support system where people that are willing to step up and start something can get their message out to the most people possible is a good start. Better communication means more effective campaigns and ultimately more financial and social assistance.
What’s your number one piece of advice for people who want to make a positive impact?
Don’t think too much about it, just dig in and get started. You’ll figure it out on the way.