Wow, it’s that time already for another Weekly Round Up? This week we are focusing on our growing outreach as we put out a call for a few know-how and passionate writers to become part of the our social network team. Would that be you?

Here’s some highlights from the week:

– Lea Ann has given LHITC The Versatile Blogger Award (thanks for the nod)

– If you are passionate about all creatures great and small BarnyardsandBackyards.org is still looking for some passionate and know how writers. Fill out the writer application form for the new the City Stock Collective!

– Jordanne’s still plugging away at the B&B site working out all the kinks and bugs.  The other day she got the message board up and photo uploader plugged in so you can upload all cute critter photos to your hearts delight.

– Last few days of the Natural Poultry Supplement Giveaway – grab a FREE BAG!

Freedom Gardens will be getting a makeover and too is looking for a few passionate folks who would like to share their gardening adventures and write about related food issues of the day. Fill out the writer application form for the new Growing Collective!

– It’s not too early to send in your contributing writer application for Freedom Kitchens. This site will feature simple, in season recipes and how to’s for harvesting, cooking and preserving the earth’s bounty.

We’re exited about all the new projects! If you like to write about your homegrown, homesteading experiences and food issues/policy news of the day we look forward to your writing contributions in this collective effort.

There’s certainly a lot on our plates right now. What about you?


  1. chuck benson says:

    When will you take Blackberry, the goat, off of your website and restore all of the fantastic information you had on your website. I have been waiting for almost a year or a little more to see some of the really “nitty gritty” information that you used to have on your website pages? Or are you too busy to every restore it again?


    Reverends Chuck and Margo Benson

    We are expanding your concepts to Tri-Level, Upsidedown Garden Configuration to take to Ghana, Africa to help poor pre-teen orphan children who have very little good to eat and barter for clothes and shelter. We will be supplying the bamboo to make the tri-level frames and the growing pans the we will be buying the local seeds and we are taking donation to buy a portable Deep Rock Well Digger that can drill down to down 200 feet which is more than deep enough for surface garden water in most areas of Ghana, except the very northern part of Ghana. Most of the water in southern Ghana is at 25 feet. We are searching for a company that will donate siaolar panels to pump the water from the well, 27/7 so we can feed a large number of orphans. WE have been given the technology to distill water with two 12 inch window panes and a black iron cookie pan from the Santa Cruz Community College faculty presentation at their summer County Fair in Santa
    Cruz, California so everyone can have clean water, anywhere in the world where there is sunshine. Ghana is on the equator so it has plenty of sunshine all year long. Blessings, Drs. Benson

    • Anais says:

      @chuck benson: we are doing our best with what limited resources we have to work with.

      • Chris says:

        Sorry, I’m confused. Doesn’t the new blog design from Jordanne incorporate most if not all of the nitty, gritty information that you have documented over the past 20 years and one only needs to use your search engine to access this information (whether it’s your skillet granola recipe, soil amendments, how to use soil blocks, etc?) That is my understanding. Also, I found it most interesting and encouraging in a post within the past few months that once you take the time to “set up the systems” in the garden ~ that aspect of it becomes more self-sustaining aka productive. Hence, it brings on new “goings on” (i.e. putting up the harvest and having systems in place to succession plant, etc). Then, we can take the next steps towards putting in place other systems for urban homesteading. Anais or Jordanne, would you please clarify and/or correct me on this? I’ve been telling hubby this is how it all efficiently works since I read that post to keep him encouraged. Thanks!

        • Chris says:

          PS … This past spring he built a coldframe, constructed another 4 x 8 raised bed, built portable wire cages to protect our small strawberry bed, constructed an efficient 3-bin composting system that should ideally allow us to turn out 2-3 yards of compost from March through Sept/Oct. (hopefully, even more) here in NE. We are going to try to extend our growing season through the winter as much as possible using hoops, remay and plastic coverings over the raised beds, via the coldframe and gardens against the stone patio that receive radiant heat from the sun in the winter. These were some of his weekend projects as he is still working full-time. I’m trying to learn / incorporate food preservations methods for my harvest as well as what I need to supplement from other local, fellow OG farmers. This is only our second year. Golly, I hope my perception is correct?

          • Anais says:

            @Chris: LOL seems I was responding to your question the same time you were writing the PS. 😉

        • Anais says:

          @Chris: You and me both. Can’t please all the folks all the time – we are always getting emails of complaints, etc, etc. You are right the NITTY GRITTY stuff is in the 10 years of blog postings. The “coming soon” pages on this site are only going to highlight the steps we have taken (highlighting blog posts with each step in our journey). We spent our time (months) working on the blog and photo gallery figuring the other part of the website would come along in time. The blog is our book so to speak – there’s loads of information you can glean from the entries over the last decade. Oh and if they are talking about the “About” pages where we write a little about ourselves that is coming soon. Took longer than we anticipated but things get in the way. You are absolutely right – that’s the way it works around here. Get a few steps under your belt then move on to the next and the next. It’s a never ending journey – not to mention juggling to try to keep more than one plate in the air. Hope I clear things up for you!

      • Chris says:

        Phew!!! Thank you, Anais, for clearing that up! While we realize it urban homesteading is an ongoing, sometimes challenging journey; we embrace “stepping back” and becoming as self-sufficient as possible and seeking out like-minded folks. From what little we’ve accomplished, it is just so rewarding on so many levels. We may not ever reach the level of the Dervaes family, but each goal we accomplish is so much more freeing. One of our biggest challenges? Family and friends thinking we are nuts and not understanding the big picture and the lifestyle shift. I have a family member that calls frequently and always asks “What’s going on?” asking can I go to the mall/shopping with her?” Hello??? Her husband and her finally made it over one day in the past few weeks. They were in shock and as I gave the the 50 cent tour (as I like to call it), I said to her that her question should be: “what isn’t going on over here?” Yes, it’s crazy busy, things have been topsy turvy and we’ve made a TON of mistakes (this is where the search engine on your website is so very important!), but I love it all and could never resume my former lifestyle. What little we have accomplished would not have been possible without your website! Sending financial support (as we can) and many blessings your way, always!

        • Anais says:

          @Chris: Ditto that. Unfortunately for me friends stop even asking! But then there are some days that I would LIKE TO GO to out somewhere and well, they never call figuring “she’s too busy.” Yeah, well but then I say “if you never ask or drop over” I just have to continue keep busy! We do so appreciate your positive encouragement (yep we even need it at times!) and support. You are so right – there are going to be ups and downs – hills and valley to climb out of and over but when you take time to look back you’ll see how far you’ve traveled. All the best to you and your journey. And friends if you are reading this comment – let’s do something fun this summer!

  2. Dan Langhoff says:

    I’m taking a good hard look at my farm right now, seems a lot of crops are petering out, yet the summertime temperatures are so HOT right now in Ramona, California (92-100F daytime). I truly want to get the fall garden going, but feel like I should wait until September perhaps. Since Pasadena’s climate is somewhat similar to Ramona, what are you planting in the garden for the fall right now?

  3. adam mclane says:

    I love the direction you guys are headed in adding in so many contributors. I’m just getting started on the garden genre. Hopefully, in another year I can contribute something. Right now, I’m just fumbling my way forward. 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @adam mclane: We are too and appreciate your taking the time to acknowledge all our hard work. Happy growing!

  4. Annette Triplett @ CoMo Homestead says:

    What’s on our plate: this weekend we started building cold frames. We’re really looking forward to diving into the world of fall and winter growing!

  5. Mari Prior says:

    What’s not on plate is the better question! I’m trying to eek out a few more tomatoes from my plants and keep hoping my pepper (bell) will do more than produce flowers at this point. I planted some seeds a few weeks ago but think it was too early. We’ve had one day of rain since July and even with watering the seeds everyday I don’t think they’re going to make it. I’ll have to try again as soon as we get some actual rain and the temps cool down a little. This weather is crazy here in Indiana! I’m also working on getting a program started that helps develop backyard growers and then next spring set up a market geared to them where they can sell their excess. Right now we’re running a produce exchange with the leftovers being given to a food pantry here in town. I love what you all are doing with your sites. I’m on Freedom Gardeners a lot and love reading what other are doing around the country.

  6. Roberta says:

    You are a sure source of inspiration. Keep up the good writing!

    • Anais says:

      @Roberta: Thank you, appreciate the comment.

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