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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

Eat Real Fest is this weekend (and we have a surprise for you)!

We sure have been busy here lately on the farm! Not only is it harvest time for a lot of our veggies, it’s also time to plant cole crops, beets and carrots.

August 24th, 2010 | No Comments

Reuse revisited – garbage never looked so good

I’ve been thinking about re-use of materials a lot lately because I’m attempting to make my urban homesteading General Store Booth at Eat Real Fest out of 90% re-purposed materials. It’s a challenge, but a fun one!

August 19th, 2010 | 6 Comments

Win a copy of Vanessa Barrington’s New Book DIY Delicious!

Submit your story to win a signed copy of Vanessa Barrington’s new book, DIY Delicious!

August 16th, 2010 | 11 Comments | Tags:

Some days are better than others

As far as days go, yesterday was not one of my best. I woke up in the morning in a mysterious soggy puddle.

August 11th, 2010 | 2 Comments

Out of nowhere – HARVEST!

Everyone has been talking about how late their tomatoes are this year, how thick the aphids, how persistent the winter and spring rains.

August 10th, 2010 | 7 Comments

Putting up, in all its forms

I have fond memories of my great-grandmother pulling dusty jars with rusty-looking lids out of the basement. I don’t remember watching her can or having a large enough garden to mass produce those dusty jars, so for all I know they were canned in a time before I was alive, but I remember the jars vividly.

August 6th, 2010 | 2 Comments

How very continental

I pride myself on making delicious healthful food and feeding those in my nearest vicinity. So you can imagine my shock when my honey, who has been working really hard the last few weeks on launching a big project at work, told me that he’s been picking up breakfast at Starbucks every morning.

July 29th, 2010 | 5 Comments

This week at the market – peaches & nectarines!

I’m the foodie in the family, by which I mean I’m the one who thinks about what I’ll eat for breakfast before I even open my eyes in the morning. While I’m eating breakfast, my mind is going to lunch and what wonders I might encounter there.

July 22nd, 2010 | 2 Comments

The accidental leftover queen

I just ate the most amazing dish and I’m so overwhelmed that I have to share it. Incredibly, it was a meal made entirely of leftovers from my fridge with the addition of one backyard farm egg and a dash of salt.

July 16th, 2010 | 5 Comments