The storage shed is practically finished – doors hung and window put in. The exterior of the shed was made from salvaged wood, leftover shingles from the garage roof, the doors and windows second hand.

One thing about urban homesteading is that you need good storage. Half the shed now houses all the garden hand tools (shovel, rake, trowel, clippers, shears and push mower – no electrical tools at all) and the other half has all the organic animal feed, natural supplements and herbal remedies.   The feed is easily accessible from the outside by opening the window (have to paint it one day so that it blends in with the dark wood).

Once Jules builds the feeding stations for the animals, it’s going to make caring for the animals more efficient. One project that we are constantly working on is to “find a place for everything and everything in its place.”

Early every morning, right after our breakfast, either Jordanne or I pick a huge container filled with leafy greens and herbs for the ducks, chickens and rabbit (along with their regular organic feed). The goats are given a little of the greens since they aren’t quite use to eating this type of “green diet.”   The goats enjoy dried vegetation. When Jules cuts down peas, he dries the peas in the sun for a few days. The dried pea plants are a tasty treat for the rabbit and goat.    Each of the animals has its own palate preference – the chickens like these one type of greens, the ducks another and the rabbit something else.

The goats enjoy blackberry leaves and it’s good for their stomachs, too, so they can eat all they want.

Harvested 10 more pounds of blackberries (that makes about 40 lbs so far this month). First green peppers are ripe for the pickin’.   We are working on harvesting another cup of blueberries – that means more of those scrumptious blueberry muffins.   Harvested a stalk of bananas too!

Jordanne answers questions

Yesterday was the last day of school for the private school across the street. For a treat for the children, the teachers asked if we could bring over the goats and of course, we said, “yes.”   All children thought it was so fun to run and play with the goats.   The goats got a good work out running across the field following a bunch of excited children.

Video Brochure Uploaded

This short video clip was done in such a hurry– we left out a lot of things (and people) like – grey water, our produce/edible flower business, using the solar shower, sun ovens, powering down, bartering etc., etc.   But it’s a start and it will do while we shoot more footage and put together a better version.
Path to Freedom Video Brochure 2006 (BETA version: 1) ( Runtime: 7:56 / 14.70MB)

Settle in for your own private urban homestead tour. Wander among the edible landscaping, catch a glimpse of “homestead life”, meet the animals, and learn about the projects that Path to Freedom incorporates in order to bring about a homegrown revolution. This is an experimental film, it is a work-in-progress as we move toward making a full-length documentary

The Lure of the 100-Mile Diet {Time}

If you live in the town of Athens in southeastern Ohio, there are politically correct reasons not to eat a California strawberry. Think of the pollution and the global warming caused by its transport. Think of the ascendancy of corporate agribusiness over family farms. Think of the loss of nutrients during a weeklong journey from soil to supermarket. But to Barbara Fisher, an Athens cooking teacher, there’s a more primal motive for choosing a homegrown variety over the “beautiful, flavorless, plastic” kind shipped from California: “When people bite into ripe strawberries from a local farmer and the sweet juice bursts into their mouths, their eyes roll back into their heads, and they moan.”
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Hotel offers detox for BlackBerry addicts {MSNBC}

BlackBerry addicts have a crack at freedom when they check into one Chicago hotel: the manager will put the communications devices and others like them under lock and key for guests who want a break.
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Study: Polar bears may turn to cannibalism {Yahoo}

Polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea may be turning to cannibalism because longer seasons without ice keep them from getting to their natural food, a new study by American and Canadian scientists has found.
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Video-game addicts get help { LA Times}

An addiction center in Amsterdam is opening Europe’s first detox clinic for video-game addicts, offering in-house treatment for people who can’t leave their joysticks alone
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  1. James Newton says:

    You wrote: “Harvested a stalk of bananas too!” May I know what type of banana tree that is and were you got it? We are clearing space for 2 more fruit trees and want a banana, but aren’t sure what will grow well here in Escondido (about 4 hours south of you).

  2. Melanie says:

    I just thought it was interesting to see an article that mentioned Athens, Ohio! that is where my parents live! The 100 mile diet is a very good challenge.

  3. gerry medland says:

    Just to say the video is superb!I shall use it as a powerful tool in alerting others I know to the benefits of ‘the path’
    Many thanx

  4. Kosh says:

    The video brochure is awesome! i loved it. it was very inspiring! thanks so much!

  5. Jeff S. says:

    I am always amazed and impressed with how you are able to design and create objects of aesthetic beauty from recycled materials.

    I also greatly enjoyed the video. I will keep it handy for when I need a boost of inspiration. I won’t even ask for you to explain how you did the space-to-earth-to-PTF trick. Very slick!

    Thank you for all of your efforts at communicating the message. They are greatly appreciated.

  6. Anais says:

    Hi James

    Nice to hear from you. Hope you and your family are well?

    The banana variety is called “Ice Cream” and we purchased it from our local nursery (Burkards) However, Home Depot and many other local nursery retailers do bananas that do well in Southern California. We are more north than you are and cooler so I am quite sure bananas will do well where you are.


  7. Anais says:


    Thank you for you positive enforcement. It sure means a lot to us when we get positive feedback – makes us feel that we are not alone and doing something productive.

    The “space-to-earth trick” is courtesty of GOOGLE EARTH. They have nifty software you can download to your computer and look at the world from above.

    Check it out… especially view the Grand Canyon from space.. it’s awesome.

  8. Anais says:

    Thanks Kosh – glad you enjoyed it. We hope to expand this to more of an educational/proactive video. Stay tuned.

  9. James Newton says:

    You wrote: “Nice to hear from you. Hope you and your family are well?”

    Mostly good. Sadly, we lost a chicken Wednesday (old age, a struggle with mites, and perhaps an accidental injury) but the rest are healthy and happy. That bird was the only one we have seen with mites, but we resorted to Sevin in the coup to ensure the safety of the others. Other, more organic, ideas would be welcome. We do keep the coups and the run clean and allow the girls to range in the back yard on a regular basis.

    I’ll ask at Home Depot about the “Ice Cream” tree. 🙂 The kids will love that one.

  10. James Newton says:

    We got a pair of banana trees for fathers day. An Ice Cream and a new type from Australia called Goldfinger. I can’t tell you how much it means to me since I have a lot of guilty feelings about eating bananas transported here on poluting, oil burning ships from non-organic, rainforest destroying strip farms thousands of miles away. As a gulf war vet, I know personally that keeping that oil cheap and in steady supply has cost a lot of lives. Being on the Path gives me hope.