Is the title of a little article in the October Los Angeles Magazine (pg 132) about our citified farm animals here on the urban homestead. And on page 134 a few profiles of the heritage breeds that reside in our backyard barnyard.

As the title states, these animals are like extended family and these critters come with a handful of responsibilities.    For us city slickers that means DIY care over sick, injured animals.  So our advice to newbies is two things – research & responsibility.   Research and research before you buy – learn all there is to know about the animals and be responsible for their care, housing, feed and over all well being.

So now for an update on our little Amy which I know many of your are concern about – thank you all for your get well wishes.   She’s stable – which is good.  Of course she’s still has trouble standing properly because of the tight/pulled neck tendon (because a duck’s neck is so long any disruption in the neck/head area throws their center off and they are unable to balance) but she’s getting the 24/7 best of care.  Warm baths twice a day, acupressure massages, topical arnica treatments,  loads of vitamin/nutrient fluids and high protein snacks (red wiggler worms) and more.

She’s a house duckie for now – hangs out in a plastic tray in the living room and sleeps with us gals at night.  Twice a day, under careful supervision, we bring her to visits her flock friends so she doesn’t get too lonely.

This week with Amy condition stable it was less disruptive to our routine than last week – sleep is better (yeah) and finally catching up on the preservation front (dilly beans, sun preserves, jams, jamming – ya mon!)

Hopefully I can get around to posting some late summer garden photos and talk about THE WORST “bad bug” infestation that we’ve seen in our 20 plus years we’ve been farming in the city.  The bug situation has Farmer D & J throwing up their arms in dismay (or insinuating remarks of moving)- ah the “joys” of farming!

But you know what – we just can’t give up!  We sure as heck not going to rely on a grocery store for our produce – even though it’s just a block away.  This is the farm, life – urban farm life.  The dirt is in our blood and embedded under our finger nails.  That means we are a stubborn lot and we press on — persevere…. and pray.


  1. Florence says:

    What kind of bugs? Is there anything that will eat those particular bugs? Ladybugs and Preying Mantis eat a lot of harmful bugs.

  2. V Schoenwald says:

    I have had a rotten year here in Nebraska. The grasshoppers pretty much destroyed the garden, I have preying mantis and ladybugs and these didn’t even put a dent in anything. I had to resort to chemical bran which I didn’t want to use but had to to save some of the other greens. I had to cover my lettuces, and other tender greens with floating row covers. I had to purchase veggies from our local farmers market as a lot of my stuff was eaten or did not pollinate well because of the bee shortage we have here. I filled out my pantry and canned what I could out of my garden,but I will plan better next year

  3. erin says:

    Love that picture, so cute!!

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  5. Kevin C says:

    Your family’s May 26th visit and presentation at my Orange County’s Rare Fruit Growers meeting was so sharp!
    Thank you for taking the time to meet and speak with us at the Orange County Fair Grounds that evening.
    The hints and helpful care tips of our animals was cool.
    We missed Justin a ton, but understand someone must stay and hold down the fort.

    Kevin C

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