"Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer" Owes Me Sleep


I was at the library a few days ago and saw Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter on the shelf. Novella was all over the urban homesteading blog world this spring when the City of Oakland kicked her in the proverbial nuts over her garden/mini-farm/oasis in the ghetto. She got [Continue Reading…]

You’re Invited To A Few Really Cheap Virtual Parties!


Okay, some of you readers may not follow the going’s on over on Facebook. (I’d conclude from this that you are too busy gardening – good on ya! Facebook is such a time-sink.) Here’s what’s coming up. Feel free to virtually participate in any, all, or none of these events. I’ll be blogging about them [Continue Reading…]

Eat Fish, Save Planet

You want to eat fish. It’s delicious, versatile, good for you, and not-at-all cute. Fish scores a 10 out of 10 on the “animals to eat” scale. But it’s not all shiny scales and clear eyes. It turns out there can be some downsides to fish consumption. Some fish shouldn’t be eaten due to contaminents, [Continue Reading…]

100th Post Giveaway: Canning For A New Generation – A Giant Reader Thank You!


As I was sitting down to compose a post for today I realized that it would be my hundredth post! I just started this blog at the beginning of the year, and I’ve been blown away by the support of my readers. So, to say thanks to all my readers who take the time to [Continue Reading…]

Self-Sufficiency, Not All-By-Yourself-Sufficiency

I was attempting to turn and loosen one of my most heavy-soiled beds this weekend. I needed a good stout garden fork. Sadly, I had not yet replaced the fork I snapped in half while transplanting asparagus crowns a few months ago. Without a garden fork, I was hacking at my soil with a pick-mattock. Doing [Continue Reading…]

Weekend Inspiration: Global Gotcha Down? Look Local.


Well, I think I speak for just about the whole world when I say this week has sucked. The triumvirate of devastation that has hit Japan is horrific and mesmerizing and terrifying. The cries for democracy around the Middle East are being met with brutal repression. My state’s government just announced we are $80 million more in the [Continue Reading…]