They always say a picture is worth a thousand words and that would mean this entry must be worth 32,000 words!

So without wastin’ any more words,  here’s another pictorial post of stuff and happenings around the urban homestead these past couple days.

Oh, and if you are enjoying these picture post as much as me then look for another “Around the Urban Homestead pt 3!”

The Animal Yard

The sign should actually say “welcome to the funny farm” but that’s another story!

Fairlight polishes off one of Farmer Sergio’s persimmons.  Sheesh, get a napkin will ya!

Though her nickname is “her ladyship” her eating habits are far from ladylike.  Just don’t tell her I told you that or she may give me one of her “don’t you dare” glare and disapproving butt with her head

The molting season is winding down, now dealing with broody hens and you know how they are at this stage — all in a huff and getting a bit uppity with the others.  With their poofy cheeks they go around tuck, tucking everyone so best stay out of their way.

Busy butts digging for bugs and look at those cute fluffy butts!  How come chicken backsides are so darn cute?  OK, either that or we are spending waaaaay to much time here on the farm.

With colder nights the goats spend their evening in the part of the garage that’s been converted into a goat pen.   Maaaaaaa

In the Home

Jordanne organizes the urban homestead’s library (you can get some of our favorite titles at our online store)

Cassidy’s takin to sitting in the “recipe basket” that sits in the dinning room and stores all our favorite recipes here on the urban homestead.  No, it’s not organized nor is it alphabetical… one day!

New curtains in the girls’ bedroom.  With three walls of windows our room gets like a deep freeze in winter (our bedroom was a late addition to our 1917 simple craftsman house built for a woman that had TB).   Literally if we had meat it would be perfect meat locker…. well just about.  Anyhow,  Jordanne’s winterizing with curtains (the buttons are courtesy of our vintage button collection)   Since the curtains were a bit long the buttons shorten them up and bit and I think it looks downright lovely with the antique accents

In the Garden

Bee visiting the flowering basil

Lima beans

Snow peas climb upwards


Field of greens

Flowering marigold

Farmer D & Farmer Justin attached the row covers to the hoops

Beneficial birds look for the bad bugs among the peas

Another flock of wee little birds hangs out in the fig tree.  The urban homestead attracts all sorts of urban wildlife!

Some man-made “wildlife”

Young radishes

Many of the seeds you see growing here on the micro farm can be purchased from our online seed store

In the Kitchen


Another weekly batch of kombucha ready to mix with lemon verbena syrup


and bottling


Recycling cardboard is food for the worms

Moving right along in the honey shed construction

Our family gets interviewed by German radio

View from the back porch (sun ovens, cob oven and solar cone composter)

Free, recycled grease ready to be brewed into biodiesel by our brewmeister, Justin

Backyard bees

Dinner bell

Justin works on the one of the diesel cars

Filling up with homebrewed biodiesel

Yarn projects – hat’s almost finished!


  1. Kandi says:

    Seriously, you guys should so write a book!

  2. Andrea says:

    Sigh. Virtual contentment.

  3. Mavis says:

    I second the book idea 🙂

  4. kel says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing all the details.

  5. Francine says:

    I agree with Kandi. A book would be great. We have 3 acres, mostly downhill, and still we can’t get it together. I admire your energy and your hard work.

  6. Aspen says:

    I love all the photos. It is so cool to be inspired and think of ways to apply your lessons to my own patch of land. I live in Indiana on 3.3 acres, which must sound like a lot. It is almost too challenging, trying to decide what to do with it. Thank goodness for prairie grass and wildflowers.

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  8. Jes says:

    We have started brewing kombucha this last year and I was wondering how you do yours. Ours never turned out that dark before.

    I was also curious if you post or recommend recipes for wholesome simple meals? I’m relatively new to your site, but I love reading about what you guys are doing. We are in the process of transitioning…we currently live in town and paying off ten acres in my old hometown. We have been improving our gardening skills, preserving skills, and homebaking more, but it seems I will always have alot to learn! 🙂

    Thank you so very much for posting on the website for us travelers to learn and observe from your paths…it is such a huge encouragement!

  9. smily says:

    How many miles per gallon do you get off your bio fuel. Or, maybe it doesn’t matter because the cost is so low? Have u figured out the cost per gallon?


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