Johan Jelsma is taking me on a tour of his garden on the West Side of Binghamton. He rattles off the names of plants in just one small patch of his yard:
“Eggplants, Brussels sprouts, a little bit of remnants of peas left and cucumber, melon.”
Jelsma's entire yard is taken over by a garden of vegetables, fruit trees and flowers. He says some passersby describe it as the wild yard.
“I didn’t like grass per se. I mean I like laying on it, I like running but I definitely don’t enjoy mowing.”