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Did you know that there are 43 million home gardeners nationally? That’s a lot of people growing their own food at home. What an amazing feat!

More and more people are starting to grow their own food at home. Why? Because it is more cost effective – especially given rising food costs. In addition, homegrown food tastes better and is usually better quality than what you find in the grocery store.

If you’re a backyard gardener or live next door to one, you are probably familiar with the fact that many backyard gardeners find themselves with excess produce they either need to give away or it spoils before they can consume it. One company has a vision to put a dent in the growing amount of food that is disposed of each year – BumperCrop. After taking the Silver Medal at the 2012 Startup Bus competition at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, the BumperCrop team has been hard at work perfecting a platform to help you buy produce locally grown in your neighbor’s backyard.

Buy and sell homegrown produce

BumperCrop’s mission is to renew the tradition of community exchange and support home-based growers with an equitable model. So, if you’re one of the many backyard gardeners with surplus crops on your hands this fall, BumperCrop will give you a way to sell those goods within your community. It could be an income source you never imagined having, but love earning.

If you’re someone that just doesn’t have time to garden, but you love homegrown food and supporting your local community, BumperCrop is going to be a great resource for you too. It will provide you with a way to source truly local produce while supporting your neighbors’ passions and livelihoods at the same time.

Keep your eyes out. BumperCrop is expected to launch in time for this Fall’s harvest. Visit the BumperCrop website to learn more and sign up to receive details on the launch.

Are you a backyard gardener? What do you do with your surplus produce now?

Feature image courtesy of Karol Franks

By Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering, founder of Green Moms Media and essential oil fanatic, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former corporate marketing communication manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life.