C O U R T Y A R D

Yarders live in homes that center around a courtyard on a tract of land which they garden and farm to meet many of their basic needs.

A courtyard might include several cabins, a large garden, some farm animals, and a well, creek or stream. Yarders might spin and dye their own thread, make some of their own clothes, and heat their home using wood or in some other sustainable manner: solar, geo-thermal, wind, hydroelectric. They rely on cooperation with neighbor yarders for things like roads, for extra support when needed, and for barter and trade of the products of their labor.

Reckon nomads yard in Silver Spring. The goal is to build a distributed courtyard community by coordinating the efforts of individual courtyards.

Courtyards are a type of homesteading, and nomads are part of an informal network of homesteaders experimenting with clothing, organically grown food, and green homes, etc. and with providing services.

We get the word out on that by distributing material to people at farmers markets, on the streets, and going door-to-door, and through that newfangled contraption the internet.

Here is a survey of companies that are already manufacturing sustainable goods and providing sustainable services.

Help us add to this list until we have a complete local industry that will provide MoCo residents with food, clothing, shelter and more.

We also include in the list non-profit organizations, academic institutions, local governments, and citizens who network together harmoniously to advance sustainable living.


B. Willow
B. Willow is in Baltimore. I first met the founder at a street festival on Grant Avenue in Takoma Park, though, and so I include the store in this listing, and because they may expand to this area

B. Willow re-aligns indoor dwellers with the world outside through small and large-scale interior plant design for homes, businesses, offices, & any indoor space.

Here is the link to BWillow.com


Fern Glade
Would you be ready to take your life savings and/or put yourself in debt to preserve a local parcel of land from sub-development? A group of friends did just that not far from Westfield Mall. They are turning the land into gardens, a forest refuge, and an artists colony. Their stated goal is to expand beyond their borders to surrounding residential homes, encouraging neighbors to garden more.


Takoma Park Co-op
The Takoma Park Co-op supports the local food industry. The co-op is also taking the lead in organizing all Maryland co-ops into an alliance. The website has a list of the many local food producers who sell their products through the co-op.
Here is a link to TPSS.coop.
Here is a link to an article about the origin of the TPSS Co-op.


Lady Farmer
Lady Farmer is located in the MoCo Ag Reserve. Here is a quote from the Lady Farmer website: “Join our community. We’re a sustainable apparel company, but we’re about more than clothes. We’re a farm-to-closet revolution for the do-ers, the dreamers, the mothers, the daughters, the farmers and the seekers.”
Here is a link to Lady-Farmer.com


ecobeco
ecobeco is a house remodeling company.


Amicus Green Building Center
Green building material.
Amicus Green


The Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming
Link to website

Quotes from website:

“The mission of CKC Farming is to manage and preserve urban farms that inspire the next generation of sustainable food innovators through hands-on, farm-based education.”

“CKC Farming is a small local land trust, dedicated to protecting urban land for the purpose of agriculture and education.  CKC Farming was founded in 2018 specifically for the purpose of protecting Koiner Farm (currently the only urban farm in Montgomery County, MD).  While Koiner Farm is and always will be our flagship farm, we envision a network of urban farms throughout Montgomery County protected from development and accessible to the public, so that generations to come can connect with food and farms.”

University of Maryland Extension office

Montgomery Countryside Alliance