Q. Question about your vegetarian diet. Looking at the pictures and menus, it doesn’t feel like enough to produce the energy four hard-working adults need. Obviously, it does. Can you talk about the quantities consumed? We meat eaters are so used to thinking that veggies just don’t do the job. Also, do the men in the family need more than the women? Just curious. – Lavonne

A. Our family’s been vegetarian for nearly 18 years now. Seeing Justin in person no one would suspect him for a vegetarian since he’s so “buff” – “Mr Muscles” we teasingly call him.   The guys portions are bigger and they sometimes help themselves to getting seconds. Of course, we gals eat smaller portions.  The normal every day work around the urban homestead doesn’t really call for any major protein intake. However, if there’s a big project everyone has to work on that requires lots of hands on man hour/muscles (hauling concrete, roofing, etc) we sometimes get a boost from a snack of sprouted bread slathered in peanut butter (Two tablespoons of PB contains about 8 grams of protein the same protein as 1oz of roast turkey) or nibble on a slice of raw cheese or even a handful of nuts will suffice.    Being of Belgian/French decent (with a bit of Guatemalan thrown in for spicy flavor) we do enjoy good desserts after a meal(especially if they are made by resident baker extraordinaire – Jordanne) Our family has an incredible weakness for chocolate (chocolate is harder to rid ourselves of than was meat).

“Night Out” Slow food dinner at PTF

Q. Oh, and one more question — if you’ll pardon the prying: with four single and highly attractive adults in your household, how’s your social life? Do you have trouble finding like-minded people of the opposite sex? Do you even have the time and energy to date?- Lavonne

A. I’ve delved into our personal life a bit sometime back (see post below). Yes, we do have trouble finding like minded partners, especially here in LA where there aren’t any farmers/farmgals. In fact, we haven’t really met anyone (yet) that’s converted to the urban, agrarian/homestead life. We still are looking!   Of course, we have our circle of friends (hey ya’ll) which gives us plenty of “social life.”   However, our idea of a “social life” doesn’t include bars, clubs, having dinners at expensive restaurants, visiting amusement parks, window shopping, or going to the movies. Instead we’d much rather be hiking, sitting at an isolated beach, walking the goats, in the garden or just hanging out with friends and family.

MARCH 20, 2007

Q & A – “elimiDATE” Urban Homestead Edition

Q. Hi! I have a personal question… I was wondering what the younger generations ages are and how do you see yourselves living in 5, 10 years from now (with own family possibly)? Any thoughts on that? — Esther

A. Hi, Esther. Thank you for your question. On the PTF journal we try not to focus too much on opinions, personal rants, hopes and dreams. This journal is more about our attempt to live a sustainable life in the city. However, each of us has hopes and dreams of our own, and we aren’t afraid to speak our minds on issues affecting us and the planet. Each of our dreams is different but has a common thread of wanting more land surrounded by like minded folks who are responsible earth stewards. J

ordanne (aka Miss Doolittle, Urban Heidi) longs for more land so she can save the heritage breeds of poultry & small livestock from extinction. Justin (biodiesel brewmeister and tomato addict) would love to have room to grow more tomatoes, vegetables and have a small nursery. Jules (longtime hippie at heart) is bursting with ideas and plans which he wants to implement on a bigger piece of land – trying out dry farming methods and, of course, return to keeping bees and restarting his, one time successful, honey business. As a Laura Ingalls wannabe, I dream of living in a strawbale house surrounded by wide open vistas, family, farm animals and orchards. We are blessed with an extremely wacky sense of humor and take such personal questions in stride.

Believe me, we make fun of ourselves and our unique situation all the time. Now, with all the media attention, one of the most common questions that is asked of us young folks is, “Are there any romantic prospects in your lives?” We have been tempted many times to answer “No, do you know anyone?” and use the spotlight as a pitch for a mate – hey, it’s free advertising! What we women want– er, check first–about a man is his hands (if mine look more rugged than his then he had better start digging in the soil and cleaning out a chicken coop!). You can learn a lot about someone by his hands. As for what the guys want, you’ll have to ask them. 😉

Unfortunately, up till now, none of us has found anyone in the LA area who would truly dedicate themselves to this lifestyle — yet (we’ve kept our eyes open, believe me). As we aren’t getting any younger (we are mid twenties to early thirties), we’ve been thinking, why not use this attention to our advantage and take one of our reader’s suggestion to start a PTF dating department because there are certainly a lot of eco-singles out there (especially in superficial LA LA Land). And what better way than to start with us PTF singles? Of course, with our screwball sense of humor we even thought about offering ourselves as a date on Ebay. Ok, but seriously, it was suggested that we expand our bios a bit and tag on a “singles ad” that outlines what type of person we are looking for; however, we just haven’t had time to sit down and hash something out in the lines of….wanted: the few, the humble, the eco-pioneer ….In the meantime, if you know of anyone who is down to earth, life long learner, multi-skilled and has a good sense of humor and would be interested in a lifelong earth stewardship commitment with low pay, no vacations, long hours and hard work ( I could go on, but will keep the list short) send them our way. You know where to reach us. 😉

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  1. Eric says:

    I’m glad someone asked this question. I was curious about this same thing but didn’t want to pry. I love the posts and since I’ve only been reading for about 2 months now, I was interested in some of the “back story.”