Another Busy Week

Posting will be sporadic these next few weeks; however, I will try to keep writing first hand reports from the urban homestead.   There’s an egg story to share, more Q & A, what we are eating, doing and more. Oh, let’s not forget the ‘Urban Homestead Year in Review” and “Photo of the Year” entries. My head is spinning in a bazillion different directions right now it’s hard to concentrate just on one task.

A few us will be helping out some friends/clients of ours who are leaving on vacation which will require us to take over operations of their tea shop. It’s going to bring a bit of disruption to the urban homestead order and projects on hand.  

Jordanne & I will be catering our knitting group’s holiday party on Thursday. We dubbed our little outfit “Two Sisters Baking Co” and each year always look forward to wooing and wowing the knitting circle with our tasty treats and sandwiches.

It’s raining again! So far nothing like the other storm that pounded the southland a few weeks ago.   Very soft drizzling right now.

Answers from the Urban Homestead

Q.Anyway, I just wondering what you feed your flock. I’ve been giving mine corn w/oyster shells and various scraps but am wondering if they should be getting a layer feed. I feel somewhat uncomfortable w/a layer feed as I don’t know what is in it. What are your thoughts? – Crystal

A. Good question, Crystal. Here on the urban homestead we feed our feather friends organic poultry pellets from our local food cooperative and are lucky to have such a choice in our feed. We also feed them kitchen scraps and all sorts of leafy greens from the garden which they devour!   You are right in being a bit uncomfortable with the mash since layer mash usually contains meat by products, which we are of the opinion aren’t meant to be feed to such animals.    To boost protein for egg laying chickens,  old timers would feed their chickens curdled milk, cottage cheese, even cheese (and there was plenty of that on a farm). In summer, if chickens are allowed to roam protein isn’t hard to come by with the bugs, worms consumed. However, in winter their diet needs to be supplemented with milk, soybeans or even fish.

Q My Wife and are moving to canning veggies now and I am looking for input on what to use regarding equipment?Thanks, Devin

A. Thanks for the question. Here on the urban homestead we use a simple water bath method for our canning goods. Here’s an extremely helpful site Fresh Preserving with onlinetutorials on canning.

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With water supplies at an all-time low, the Pasadena City Council will decide on water conservation measures Monday night. Will rationing come in the near future?
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  1. crystal says:

    excellent. Thanks for your input!

  2. Mia says:

    You mentioned that you use a water bath to can. Do you use that for everything? I’ve always heard that water bath was only good for high acid foods. What about beans and such? Thanks!

  3. Becky L. says:


    Would you and Jordanne consider offering a cookbook? I would love to see your recipes (it would be helpful!). Perhaps you would consider an e-recipe book emailed for a donation?

  4. Mia says:

    I was just looking at the Kitchen Gardeners International newsletter. An article titled “.1 Acre and Independence” caught my eye. I clicked on it and what did I see? It was a picture of Justin watering in your backyard. You’re everywhere!! Yeah!!!