Tromboncino Squash

Thanks to this prolific, rampant growing, quirky shaped, seedless and delicious veggie we have squash coming out of our ears.  This heirloom squash from Italy is very versatile,  can be used fresh or dried and even better the vines seem to be resistant to mildew and other such squash related diseases.  Here in So Cal while peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and green beans are on the wane, these squash vines are growing wild, over our lodge pole trellis.  Meaning? We’ll be enjoying some hearty squash dishes this week.

Your Donations At Work

Thanks to your support, we have been able to: transfer to green web hostingpurchase new photo gallery softwarepurchaseemail list programpurchasemessage board softwareimprove the PTF site with new template, move journal to wordpress and add a few new features hopefully to come… ‘urban homesteading’ video clipsfilm(s)book(s) and more…. Your contributions will be visible and you’ll see the results, if all goes well, in the next few months. Thank you all for your continued support, you have helped PTF grow and kept this outreach ongoing.


The long hot days of summer are behind us. Seasonal changes in So Cal are very subtle, yet one can feel the change in the air.    We are busy with fall plantings and preparations so the pace of things quickens as we work on projects around the urban homestead.  
The yellow and strawberry guavas are ripe, great for sauces and jams.

Another Visitor From OzF

irst, the rainwater hog and now a surprise visit by a friend, a Pasadena City Official, who brought along guests from Australia who were in town to learn how Pasadena is going green. They were overwhelmed by everything that goes on here at the urban homestead/micro farm and also very impressed at the extreme beauty. They commented how PTF is (and has been for years) leading the way in the urban sustainablility movement and that finally cities are catching on to this revolution.

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  1. Becca Ribbing says:

    I am going to have to look for that variety next year. It sounds fantastic!

  2. Wendy says:

    It’s incredible how supportive the city has been to you. I hope (as I know you do) that more municipalities jump on the bandwagon and encourage their citizens to “go green” :).

  3. Melinda says:

    Hi there,

    Where did you find green web hosting? We’ve recently launched a new website and blog, and we’re looking for a green web package. We’ve looked at a few, but haven’t found one we like…

    Btw, we’ve made big changes in the last few months. Last time we communicated, Matt and I were trying (and failing) to live sustainably in our LA apt. We’ve moved to a place where we are able to make a big leap forward in sustainability.