House of Farber Farm
The Garden of Sarah Jessica Farber
1313 Lion’s Way
Raleigh, NC 27604
House of Farber Farm is the tongue in cheek name Sarah Jessica Farber has given her 1972 split level home inside the beltline in Raleigh. When she moved there in the fall of 2012, the backyard was a blank slate: a stately willow oak in the far corner and a tumble-down shed feet from the kitchen window were its main features.
In the three growing seasons since, Sarah Jessica has added plants, hardscape, and critters to turn the yard into a wildlife-friendly place to play, grow food, and create joy. She works within a small budget, so you will see creative solutions and frugal compromises at work. You can see principles of permaculture, foodscapes, and organic garden practices. Swallowtail, monarch, and Butterflies, hummingbirds, bluebirds, cardinals, and more have visited, along with the hive of bees and coop of four chickens that are permanent residents. Special attention is given to growing plants that will feed or shelter all of the fauna in the garden. If you look really carefully, you can also see nods to the elements of wind, fire, and water. But the central organizing principle of this backyard is really not permaculture, pollinator-friendly design, or anything else: it’s just good fun.
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