Lisa Rau Square Syndrome
It’s using your yard for more than just grass. That useless, stubborn weed.
One family in Pasadena, Calif., took this idea and ran with it. Nearly every nook and cranny of their yard sprouts something edible. Last year, they grew more than 4,000 [correction 5,000] pounds of food, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey and more. And they live within a stone’s throw of Pasadena’s bustling shopping district.
Check out the video to catch a glimpse of their rural city life, which they’ve dubbed: Urban Homesteading. Sit back and meet Anais, Justin, Jordanne and their father, Jules, who pioneered this movement decades ago.
My 3-minute vid only scratches the surface of the plethora of skills and talents this family puts to work. They’ve had tons of press, but of course, there’s a lot more to them than can be told on camera or in an article.
For the record, Justin makes biodiesel for the family car from used restaurant kitchen grease; Anais cooks up all sorts of food-based products like soap and is an expert at canning; Jordanne is developing a special line of poultry feed to prevent common diseases; and Jules passed down his aesthetic eye to the whole family, who produces stunning, high-quality photography on a regular basis. [ She’s talking about our Little Homestead in the City Calendar – get them now because there are only a few left!!!]
Plus, their website is a beautiful hand-coded work of art, filled with a plethora of well-written content, snazzy photos and personal anecdotes. Props to Jordanne for the self-taught design and development skills.
My favorite thing about this family (along with the fact that they’re really, really nice) is their do-it-yourself attitude. They seem to have skipped the gene for complaining. Or laziness. If they need something done, they seem to just go out and do it. I think they see it as a “duh” response to life.
So why do they live in the city? Jules says they’ve always wanted to move out to rural California, but land isn’t cheap. They’re looking to relocate to a bigger farm eventually, but for now, they’ll continue to be a novelty among city dwellers who don’t think twice about using up their plot of land for grass.