FARMcurious Blog

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!  What better way to really learn the ins and outs of a process than by overdoing it by about 20 pounds, right?

Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | By Jared Easterday |

Upcoming Events and Classes:

Here are some great upcoming classes!

Posted Tuesday, March 01, 2011 | By Nicole Easterday |

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.

Posted Monday, February 28, 2011 | By Nicole Easterday |

Reaction from the Institute of Urban Homesteading

Below is the letter that The Institute of Urban Homesteading sent out to their students and supporters yesterday after receiving  the Dervaes' "informational" letter and having their Facebook page taken down: Dear IUH Students and Supporters, I apologize for this rare mid-month posting to the newsletter list. A recent and unexpected issue has come up that I want to share with you and hopefully garner your support. The Dervaes Family of LA ( gained Trademark rights to the terms Urban Homestead and Urban Homesteading in October of 2010 and have recently started to exercise these rights. Several days ago The Institute received an "informational letter" from them informing us how to properly credit them when using the terms and also telling us that it would be "proper" if not using the terms to identify their products or services to "replace the registered trademark with more generic terms, such as 'modern' homesteading."

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2011 | By Nicole Easterday |

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!

Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | By Alycia Lang |

Path to Freedom's Cease and Desist

Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | By 2 |

Put 'em Up - A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide

PRESERVING IS BACK, AND IT’S BETTER THAN EVER. Flavors are brighter, batch sizes are more flexible, and modern methods make the process safer and easier. Eating locally is on everybodys mind, and nothing is more local than Heirloom Salsa made from vine-fresh tomatoes or a quick batch of Ice-Box Berry Jam saved from the seasons last berries. Even beginners who never made peach jam or dill pickles in their grandmothers kitchens are eager to pick up preserving skills as a way to save money, extend the local harvest, and control the quality of preserved ingredients. The step-by-step instructions in Put ‘em Up will have the most timid beginners filling their pantries and freezers with the preserved goodness of summer in no time.

Posted Tuesday, February 08, 2011 | By Nicole Easterday |

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.

Posted Wednesday, January 05, 2011 | By Nicole Easterday |

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.

Posted Thursday, December 16, 2010 | By Nicole Easterday |

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.

Posted Saturday, December 11, 2010 | By Nicole Easterday |