This first work order to humans was “to dress and keep the garden,” a command to do the work necessary to tend a garden , along with a compassionate care over animals that reside there.
Thank you all so very much for your care and concern over our lil Amy (named after a character in Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women‘). What a true comfort your words have been to us.
Freak accidents, illness, complications, etc., happen when you choose this path of living the farm life; but, oh man, it’s never (never) easy. The more animals you care for, the more responsibility you have to see them through their lives to the end.
We are giving her our best shot (she’s a tenacious one); but, unfortunately, because of the freak nerve injury she suffered last fall, her egg laying has developed serious complications. And even if she does pull through, we will have to stop her from laying eggs ever again.
Egg binding is serious; but with Amy it’s even more serious because of nerve damage sustained (think the duck were playfully ‘roughhousing’ and her wing got caught/twisted which caused her to go into serve shock, not to mention months of rehabilitation ). We suspected there would be trouble once she ever started laying again, but figured, since she hasn’t laid in over 5 months, that her body knew better. But with longer days and her being close to “normal” she started laying. That may turn out to be possibly fatal in her case. Poor girlie.
Caring for Amy is taking its toll (very tired as we ride the emotional roller coaster), and her situation weighs heavy on our hearts; but life goes on and we have learned a lot about ourselves and God’s creation in the process.
There are a backlog of blog posts waiting to be published with pics and descriptions about our latest projects here on the urban homestead Harvest tallies and weekly meal round ups too! I cringe to see how far we have fallen behind. Just a little blip in “normal” urban homesteading activities derails the forward progress of the train so to speak – chaos!
So it maybe sometime before we get caught up. There are, however, some news worthy things that happened last week and things that you should know that are coming up this week.
- Pasadena Weekly ran an article about our urban homestead called FROM FARM TO FORK
PLEASE NOTE: there are two misstatements in the above article
1.) We grow 99 percent of our PRODUCE not diet 2.) We do buy supplement animal feed (organic grains pellets from a local food co-operative
- And another local foodie blogged about the upcoming FOOD NETWORK episode where chefs were challenge to make a meal with what we have here on the urban homestead.
- Radio interview with Farmer D on KPFK “Treasures of the West” Farmer D’s interview starts at 15:45
- Thanks to our wonderful readers Path to Freedom Urban Homestead won Reader’s Choice in TreeHugger’s Best of Green Design & Architect category. Thank you to all who voted!
We are teaming up with PBS POV for screening of FOOD INC at our Film & Food Night this Sunday – don’t forget to spread the word (we need a bit of help with this because we’ve fallen behind due to caring for Amy) and rsvp for the event which will be featured on POV’s website!
Last but not least a ‘Thank You’ to CVH for your letter, donation best of all the gifts of chocolate and seeds. We so appreciated your writing to us – what a treat it was to receive your package in the mail.
Oh and we got almost 2 inches of rain last night – what a blessing!