• Pack of Lies

    A recent rash of  internet publishings are spreading false information.  We have not and are not suing any urban homestead, urban homesteading bloggers.    These are completely and utterly false statements. Because of the continue threats and harassment to our family, we respect  our readers & supporters and would hate to see them get stuck in […]

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  • Stop the Hoax!

    Not in Our Name To who it may concern. There are accounts that bloggers are receiving  “stop or pay up” letters regarding the trademarks.   This is a hoax and the demand is not being made by us. Tweet this! Dervaes Family Has Done no Harm. Seek truth,  blogging is not reporting.  Stop being a victim […]

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  • WE ARE URBAN HOMESTEADERS

    In times of trouble, a goat brings comfort & words of wisdom

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  • Dear Readers

    We apologize to the readers & supporters who, out of a misinformed few, have been stuck in the middle of this unfortunate situation. We thank those who have kept a level head in this and we appreciate your patience & understanding Regarding the “shutdown,” we are sensitive that some people (our friends and supporters) did […]

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  • Self-sufficiency steps

    Q. Hey just found your web site and I am very interested in your life style. I grew up with a grandfather who loved working the earth and taught me some of growing a garden, but I have since grown away from working the earth. I wonder what would be required to have a self […]

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  • Website work

    Q. I have been looking for someone to make a web page for me. Yours is the best and most informative, user friendly that I have seen. Can you refer me to the company that set your page up? If it was you, are you interested in a web job? Hope this note finds you […]

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  • Hot weather gardening

    Q. My family of four lives in Silverado Canyon & have had similar inspirations to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle.  I have to admit – we’ve only focused on food so far – we rely heavily on the power grid & KC Propane! We are fortunate to have over an acre of usable land on […]

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  • Compost non-recyclable paper products

    Q. Is it better to burn non-recyclable paper products (tissues, used paper towel, etc.) or let them go to a landfill? A. We recommend people compost paper products that can’t be recycled.  That way, you keep the air cleaner, need less landfill space, and create compost for gardening.

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  • How to grow organic vegetables

    Q. I am so impressed w/ your garden.  I would like to learn more about growing organic vegetables.  It would be so good if I can start educate people of my community to protect the earth.  I do not want to make this a business because I am a working single mom, so my time […]

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  • Soil Amendments

    Q. I live in Sierra Madre and want to garden a hillside. My soil is poor so I have mulched with horse manure from a stable. Will I also have to put in ammendments to grow tomatoes and peppers? Ashe A. You have made a good start to your garden! In addition to the horse […]

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