June 3, 2011


Posted by Justin

May Harvest Tally

528 lbs produce
Eggs 124 (Duck) 76 (Chicken)

2011 Year to Date Tally

1,466 lbs produce
Eggs: 610 (Duck) 266 (Chicken)

Farming in the City

Typical morning at the farm

After chores, Friday is typically our biggest day for order.   Start picking & packing (from about 6 am – 11 am) for the Front Porch Farm Stand customers and our restaurant clients

Today, for instance,:

15 +lbs mixed salad
15+lbs of other greens (kale, chard, arugula, mustard and more)
Couple dozen boxes of nasturtiums
Few bunches of herbs (cilantro, mints, lemon verbena, etc)
Few dozen chicken and duck eggs
Honey, bread ( delivered from local artisan bread maker), preserves, herb butter and more

Living Off 1/10 Acre

Reducing food miles, growing food security right in our own backyard!

$75,000 in savings growing 99% of our produce  for family of four

~400 flora varieties in a growing season

$20,000 + in gross sales

Our living expenses are very low as we live quite simply - making do, wearing out and using up what we have.   Our out-of- pocket expenses include utilities,  federal/state tax,  CA FTB sales tax, business licenses fees,  annual property taxes, and insurance.

Here's a helpful "Money Tree" showing the aspects of our outreach & lifestyle

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12 Comments: "MAY HARVEST TALLY" »

  1. Justin, goodness gracious your 1/10 of an acre can produce a lot. So far I have only harvested a few ounces of lettuce. Thirty pounds of mixed salad and other greens in one day is a bunch. How many pounds of salad greens come from one bed. I harvested a section of about two square feet and got enough for a large salad. I definitely want to grow more this fall. It was the first time ever I tried to grow lettuce.

    Have a great California garden harvest day.

  2. Only fellow gardeners/farmers can appreciate the amount of work it takes to get that amount of produce ready for sale. You definitely work hard "behind the scenes." Here in N. Fla. we've been in full harvest mode: green beans, tomatoes, garlic, squash, peppers, and eggplant. That means full preservation mode, also: canning, drying, freezing. Whew! I think I need a nice cool glass of iced tea.

  3. You guys are amazing! I practice what I like to call micro-gardening: growing my own produce on a very small lot. People are amazed at how much production I can get from my yard, and most people are amazed at how pretty a productive yard can be. I think they envision traditional row gardens? Anyway, I just came across your blog and see that you have been developing your yard in a way similar to what I am doing, but since 1985 (mine only since 2005) ... you inspire me to continue on my quest! Thank you for sharing your success. :)

    • @Karla,
      I am So. Cal. trying to learn about gardening. 5 years ago my first attemp produced beyond my wildest imagination. The second year no tomatoes, no eggplant, no cucumber. Not much else grew. Little by little some things do ok. But I have a lot to learn. Each year I spend much more on the soil additives than I am able to grow. Where do I start? My strip of land is 35'long and 3'deep against a wall that cuts off the sun starting about 3:00

    • @Karla: Way to grow! Thanks for sharing!

    • I live in Minnesota and our growing time is very short (3 months). We have a pool in our backyard (heated) and our yard is very small. No room for a garden.
      So, I grow two tomato plants in an Earth Box. After you plant and feed it, you cover the soil with a plastic cover. You water it every day or two ( depending on how hot it is ), through a tube that sticks out the top.
      By the middle of July, I have great tomatoes until everything freezes in Sept.
      Where there is a will, there is a way.

  4. This is our third year gardening and after seeing your tally sheet last year I decided to keep a blog to keep our tallies this year too. Not as marvelous as yours, but we just topped our hundred pound mark of which I am impressed for what little we've gotten planted so far. I am hoping our summer and fall vegi's will be enough to triple that by the end of the year! My husband is just amazed at the amount we're saving at the store.

    You guys keep on doing what you're doing, because you are a true inspiration!!!

  5. Just seeing those tallies each month is an inspiration!
    In my own garden I expanded into Black Berries, Tomatillos and Fuji Apples, thanks in part to the diversity you guys have shown what grows in so cal. Im in Anaheim.


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