It was an unbearably humid day yesterday, making any outdoor work quite uncomfortable. It was so humid you could wring our your shirt.
During the morning, every day chores (feeding animals, pick and packing produce orders, garden work, etc) an internet tv channel dropped by the urban homestead to check out how we strive to live a sustainable and “green” life here in the middle of the city.
Like with any such media format, they only really touch on the “light green” aspects of our lives but each with a different POV so will be interesting to see how these clips turn out.
Farmer D talks to host Elizabeth about the how he went about transforming a home into an urban homestead over the past twenty plus years.
Justin wheels out a drum of home brewed biodiesel past our favorite piece of transportation (our Xtracycle) Hmmm wonder why folks just don’t appreciate the value of a bike as an alternative form of transportation? Justin and Elizabeth check out the 12 solar panels which provides the urban homestead with clean energy
Peek into the kitchen
The host chats with Owner and Chef Onil who’s one of our local restaurant clients. The executive chef said (off camera) when asked how’s business was, “Busy, thanks to you – everyone comes in and wants Dervaes stuff” Another chef claimed it’s ‘Dervaes mania!”
What’s for lunch? Here comes our very own DerVaes Garden salad and DerVaes chicken/duck egg salad sandwich with edible flower garnish
Elizabeth and myself wait for lunch to be served. We chatted how it was exciting to see the owner, head chefs and even the younger apprentice chefs (one just arrived from France!) really enjoy using such local foods. Such a connection brings food alive and their enthusiasm is transfer to the food as create dishes with passion and love for what they are doing.
The host talks about how normal food/salads travel 1,500 miles to our table when in fact this restaurant’s meal traveled a mere mile from our urban farm to the table.
Looking at towering (volunteer) sunflower in the garden, Farmer Justin talks about the usefulness of such flora in the garden all the beneficial insects that are attracted to one plant (bees, butterflies, praying manti, birds)
The host cradles warm (just laid) eggs. She was so thrilled to get fresh eggs, she couldn’t wait to go home and bake cookies with them
Jordanne and Elizabeth (who happens to be a huge animal lover) hang out with the urban homestead’s menagerie of animals. If it were up to the host the whole segment would have been on just animals.
We’ll let you know when the piece airs, hopefully in the next 2 weeks.
Also yesterday another film crew came by. They were working on a piece featuring different green products for the home and one of them was the toilet lid sink. They were put in contact with us by the manufacturer of the toilet lid sink because the wanted to shoot a toilet lid sink in action. Exciting!
Jules talks with the producer about the benefits of a toilet lid sink
Even with the interruptions normal life on the urban homestead goes on.
After everyone left, I finally got my hair cut — it was getting way too long for summer.
In the garden we are battling a pesky pest – harlequin bugs! Never before in our years of our growing business have we seen such an infestation. Though we are having success with our salad succession plantings these bugs are wreaking havoc on the young greens. Controlling these buggers are, like this article says is “no laughing matter.”
For those who’ve ordered blue water bottles from the Peddler’s Wagon, we are happy to report the bottles finally arrives. Seems they were lost in transit for a week! Very frustrating for all parties involved. So, we are off to pack and ship those backorders today. Thanks for your patience everyone.