“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
~Thomas Edison~

After a long winter, one never tires of seeing the peaches pretty in pink

Another projects and element of the modern urban homestead – DIY.  Here’s a utility bench that the guys just finished putting on the back porch.

Picking salad greens before the sun comes up

We temporarily converted this container to hold some used hay and the chickens decided to use for a slumber party!

The hens are back in business!

Hey duckie how did you get up there – on top of the goat house?

Did you tire of kin and want to make friends with Blackberry?

How you figure on getting down, huh?

Working late

Pass the screws please

Always improvements to be made on the urban homestead

Jordanne works on improving the goat pen in the garage and Fairlight, as always, looks on.

I think, er I know, one of the challenges for us city/urban homesteaders is keeping things neat and organized.  It’s a daily struggle and you got to keep on you toes because with dirt, critters, plants etc things can get out of hand pretty quick.  It’s a farming life plain and simple!

I’ve heard people tell of other city farming folks who’s places are unkempt – attracting flies and complaints from neighbors creating an unfortunate backlash to the modern urban homesteading movement.

One rule we (try) to follow around the urban homestead it “pick up as you go.”  Not easy, when you are busy but it saves you a lot of work in the long run and your urban homestead will be somewhat tidy for it.

Of course we aren’t saying that you should have a “Martha Stewart” Urban Homestead but with consciousness and care you will be respecting not only your neighbors but the city in which you live.

The End

We kicked off the photo montage with Fairlight modeling the PTF cap, then her funny shenanigans with the trowel,  followed by 5 Dispatches from the Urban Homestead.   Whew!

It’s a wrap! There you have it a weeks worth of (some) of the happenings here on the urban homestead.

Hope you enjoyed the 50 or so photo montage.

What were your favorites, care to share?  For those lurkers out there, we are encouraging you to de-lurk and say “howdy!”


  1. jengod says:

    So jealous of that gorgeous bench. You’re so lucky to have handy men on the property!

  2. JoyceAnn says:

    I really enjoyed the goats with the trowel , loved those pics. The goats are so cute and I hope to have a couple of pygmies myself soon.

    ~ Homestead Blessings ~

  3. paula says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures! What kinda of camera do you use? How in the world do you have time to take pictures too? Thank you for the photo montage! It was great and hope there will be others coming soon! 🙂 Now get some rest! zzzzzzzzzzzz… 🙂

  4. Temica says:

    I so love reading your blog. I find you all to be an inspiration. I am truly glad there are people like you out in the world. I would have to say every picture is a favorite. Very well done. Many blessings to you and yours.

  5. blaze says:

    Hi there,

    Just wanted to say I have been lurking for some time now.

    We are planning to start a garden this year for the first time! We are going to start with 6 – 4x8ft raised beds. Thought that would be a manageable amount.

    I have grown up with my (single) mom keeping a large garden with all kinds of fresh vegies. She has kept a garden for 40 years and just recently sold her home and moved to a condo.

    I moved to the big city of Toronto Canada for 18 years and am now back in my home town in British Columbia with my husband and 2 kids.

    We have NO experience in gardening except for some lame container attempts, but mom is here to help out.

    I just wanted to say how much I appreciate everything you are doing, the blog, the website, and sharing your life as a model to what can be.

    thank you all,



  6. Chiot's Run says:

    Love thos photos – beautiful. I spy a little citrus tree in the background of one photo, can’t wait to have one of these in my home.

  7. jaf says:

    Great site! Really like that back porch bench, do you have the plans to share?

  8. Ashley says:

    Always love to see what’s growing!

  9. Phoebe says:

    de-lurking and saying howdy from Sydney, Australia

    I liked the photo of Blackberry with her face through the fence.

  10. Tom Kreis says:

    Wow! You guys are really great. I just came across an old interview on ABC and followed up by tracking down your site. How do I get a copy of “HomeGrown”? Thank you for being such an awsome example of Feedom in this highly oppressive society.
    Please get back to me anytime you’d like.
    Thank you,

  11. Rachel Brown says:

    De-lurking to thank you for sharing your life with us!

    My two year old and I are about to go put the finishing touches on our new front yard veggie beds. This is a new home for us, so we are starting fresh with 104 sqft of raised beds this season with more to come as we learn the sun here and save up for more.

    Now to convince my husband that I really need a goat….

  12. Susan says:

    I love how the chickens commandeered the bucket of hay for their own use! My cats do the same thing with the laundry basket. When they get out and I try to fold some laundry, they’ll come back and jump in the basket. They know I don’t have the heart to kick them out.

  13. Chris says:

    Everyone who wants a goat, should be able to have one, two, or three! …Thank you so much!! Love it all, C

  14. Bethany says:

    I’d have to say I love the pics of fairlight with the trowel as well. Too cute! Makes me jealous, I want a goat, too! 🙂

  15. CE says:

    When I first learned to cook my mom taught me to clean up behind myself as I went along. I used to help my dad with his fence and deck building projects and he taught “clean as you go”. When I was in the Army, it was “clean as you go or else”. As a mom there was no one else to pick up so it was survival to clean as I went. And as a gardener I find it is just more pleasant to get the job done and not have to worry about the cleanup because I am just in the habit of — guess what? Yes, clean as I go. And with a big project it helps to get the clutter out of the way to see things clearly.
    I really enjoy your site. Keep healthy and prosperous.

  16. Lissie Quishenberry says:

    Love the collaborative spirit of your outfit. Many hands make light(er) work!

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