Gardeners have always grown their own food, but it seems that in the last couple of years, it's really become a huge gardening trend. And actually, I'll go as far as to say "cultural shift" instead of "trend"--trends tend to come and go, depending upon what's in vogue at the moment, while a more cultural shift indicates that people are making real changes to the way they think and live. We've become more and more aware of the health effects of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), more committed to buying locally raised and grown food, and more interested in living closer to the land. It's not a "hippy" thing--and trust me, I live in Austin, Texas. I know hippies. No, this is a lifestyle-thing, and if you want to know more, check out these awesome posts by my Garden Designers Roundtable co-horts about adding edibles to your garden: Ivette Soler : The Germinatrix : Los Angeles, CA Pam Penick : Digging : Austin, TX Rebecca Sweet : Gossip In the Garden : Los Altos, CA Scott Hokunson : Blue Heron Landscapes : Granby, CT » Douglas Owens-Pike : Energyscapes : Minneapolis, MN Genevieve Schmidt : North Coast Gardening : Arcata, CA » And don't forget Ivette Soler's brand-spankin' new book, "The Edible Front Yard" by Timber Press! It's full of inspiring ideas for incorporating edibles into your FRONT yard. Why relegate them to the back? Be loud and proud!