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Waste not, want not?

We’ve all heard the phrase but I can’t really tell you that I’ve ever sat down to truly ponder what it meant.  I haven’t had to truly want something since I was a kid; in fact, I’ve lived quite comfortably within my means for years with a well-paying job, few obligations and no debt.  It’s not necessarily that all that has changed now, but some significant changes have gotten me thinking about what it means to really tighten our proverbial belt. First, we got married.  With both of our families in, shall we say ‘transitional’ stages, if we wanted a… more

July 16th, 2011 | 2 Comments

When the farmer’s away, the marsupials will play…?

One of the biggest dilemmas for an urban farmer is how to properly care for your garden and animals when the demands of an urban lifestyle inevitably present themselves.  I’ve heard more than a few farmers, urban and rural alike, lament that they couldn’t take a proper vacation because no one else could possibly figure out  how to coax their persnickety goat into being milked, water their plants properly, perfectly lock up their various strangely rigged animal enclosures and the list goes on. Part of if must come from our feeling that this monstrous responsibility of caring for plants and… more

June 22nd, 2011 | 4 Comments

Out of failure, a feast

In January, my super duper produce procuring friend showed up on my doorstep with twenty-five pounds of fresh, sweet and delectable blood oranges. Now, I’m the type of girl who a) loves free stuff; b) loves free food even more; and c) welcomes a challenge.  We’d been talking about waiting for blood oranges to come into season to make some marmalade.  I had made a small batch already from the few meyer lemons off my little dwarf tree and was gearing up to teach a canning class at 18 Reasons where we’d be making marmalade and the time had come! … more

April 13th, 2011 | 7 Comments

Lessons in what to preserve

Each year I’ve put away harvest for the winter I’ve learned something new. Sometimes I learn a better technique or process that makes the job easier, quicker or creates a more attractive end product.

February 28th, 2011 | 3 Comments

UPDATED: Trademarks, Copyrights & Thieves, OH MY!

Can you trademark a term like “Urban Homesteading”?? The Dervaes Family of Pasadena, California claim to have done so and they’re trying to get all of us to stop using THEIR WORD!

February 16th, 2011 | 21 Comments

The Great Rabbit Dilemma

There comes a time in every urban homesteader’s life when one must decide how far you’re going to take this thing. It was easy enough for us to decide that no pigs would live in our backyard.

January 5th, 2011 | 9 Comments

DIY Holiday Cheer

I love Christmas and I have as long as I can remember. It’s not the presents, which are probably actually my least favorite part, but everything else.

December 16th, 2010 | 2 Comments

Underground Holiday Gift Party!

The holidays are in full swing and everyone is searching for the perfect gift. FARMcurious would love to help you select something that will bring out the urban homesteader from the most serious 9 to 5′er.

December 11th, 2010 | 2 Comments | Tags:

Homemade Foodie Gifts for the Holidays

On December 9th at 6pm, three food-loving DIYers will descend on a group of 25 at Omnivore Books in Noe Valley and share their diverse knowledge.

November 30th, 2010 | 1 Comment

DIY Holiday Gifts

What kind of urban homesteader would I be if I wasn’t making at least of few of my own holiday gifts? In my family it’s always been a tradition for the women to give gifts they made themselves with ultimate care and from the heart.

November 30th, 2010 | 2 Comments

So you call yourself a farmer?

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot lately about this idea of urban farming and whether it’s fair to call what people in cities are progressively doing to grow and raise their own food ‘farming’.

November 3rd, 2010 | 9 Comments

What happens when you preserve 100 lbs of tomatoes?!

Have you ever wondered what 100 lbs of processed tomatoes looks like? It’s a big number, fake-sounding almost, like a gross exaggeration – the canner’s equivalent to a fisherman ‘catching the big one’.

October 11th, 2010 | 5 Comments

How to ‘treat’ a chicken

Last Saturday I taught a workshop at the SF Underground Market on keeping urban chickens. There’s nothing like teaching to make you take note of all you know…and all you don’t know.

September 16th, 2010 | 3 Comments

Kansas City Eatin’

After Eat Real Fest weekend, I was in dire need of a vacation. A full time job, a start-up company, a huge festival, a working urban farm and harvest season had really started to pile up on me.

September 9th, 2010 | 2 Comments

Something for everyone

Eat Real Fest was a blast – again! Three days later, everything we own is covered in dust and every inch of my body aches but, alas, we survived the weekend!

August 30th, 2010 | 1 Comment