Homestead Hamlets: Neighborhood Gardens That Create Community Food Security

Showcasing edible landscaping techniques, the neighborhood gardens started by residents of one Nebraska block helped build community food security.

Tim Rinne And Kay Walter
Author Tim Rinne and his wife, Kay Walter, tend crops growing in the Hawley Hamlet hoop house.
Photo by Lincoln Journal Star
Tim Rinne With Children
Author Tim Rinne and his neighbors of all ages garden together and reap the rewards of an edible landscape.
Photo by Jeff Larson
Repurposed Stone Wall
Repurposed stones form a short wall along the Hawley Hamlet alley.
Photo by Doug Boyd
Hawley Hamlet Greenhouse
Tim Rinne and Kay Walter — the author and his wife — added a greenhouse to their home in 2010.
Photo by Jean Lewis
Greenhouse Crops
With the sun as its only heat source, the greenhouse allows the community to grow cool-weather crops, such as lettuce, in winter.
Photo by Jean Lewis
Tim Rinne Watering Plants
Members of the Hawley Hamlet in Lincoln, Neb., have upturned their once-grassy lawns to free up space for front-yard gardening and edible landscaping.
Photo by Lincoln Journal Star
Hawley Hamlet Map
The Hawley Hamlet is one square block. This bird's-eye view shows the location of the Hamlet's edible landscapes.
Chart by Tim Rinne and Nate Skow

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