Are Vegetable Gardeners the Lawn Service of the Future?

They are the lawn service of the present for some so called, "Lazy Locavores". Here's the description of the arrangement:

For a fee, Mr. Paque, who lives in San Francisco, will build an organic garden in your backyard, weed it weekly and even harvest the bounty, gently placing a box of vegetables on the back porch when he leaves.

Call them the lazy locavores — city dwellers who insist on eating food grown close to home but have no inclination to get their hands dirty. Mr. Paque is typical of a new breed of business owner serving their needs.

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So locavore is on the fast track; from being a thoughtful way to innovate a more integrated way of life, to being Oxford's new word of the year in 2007, to being hip and trendy, to being elitist, to not being an answer to global warming, to being unrealistic, to being a marketing scheme for Walmart, and now to being the privilege of the wealthy. It took organic about 30 years to travel the road locavore has journeyed in two years.

If I can defend the poor word for a moment. This trend toward local foods, at its best, is not like some new Atkins diet, marketing scheme or country club chic. It is an honest effort for folks to wrestle with what Michael Pollan describes well in his book, "Omnivore's Dilemma":

"'Eating is an agricultural act,' as Wendell Berry famously said. It is also an ecological act, and a political act, too. Though much has been done to obscure this simple fact, how and what we eat determines to a great extent the use we make of the world - and what is to become of it."