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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

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