Greeting the morning sun


We are experiencing a winter heat wave with temperatures in the upper 70’s to low 80’s. The sunshine is offers us a welcome respite from the recent cold snap and heavy rains.

Citified Farm Animals.

Yesterday we received a phone call from a PTF follower in Minneapolis, Minnesota who going to before his city council to try and change the city’s regulations on goats and bees. He expressed interest in following the example Seattle set in allowing goats as pets and wanted the “authority on urban homesteading” to make a statement he could present before the city council. Jordanne took the phone call and she expressed concern over such passing of laws if certain infrastructures weren’t in place.

Remember when Disney came out with the hit movie 101 Dalmatians there was run on people wanting to have that type of dog. The fad slowly faded and people were left with high strung dogs which sadly put a strain on animal shelters. Without proper agencies and infrastructures set in place for bees and other farm animals they too may fall victim to overzealous newbies who don’t fully understand the responsibilities that come with raising farm animals – especially those that require milking. Bees swarm sometimes get diseased, animals get sick, goats for milk need to be bred and then you need to deal with pregnancy. Where then do these farm animals go after people realize that they weren’t up to keeping such animals? So such laws need to be implement with careful thought and adequate infrastructure since you are dealing with living things and so we stated:

The current urban homesteading movement, founded by Jules Dervaes in 2001 and documented at, is a positive trend in American society. Within certain parameters, it has the potential to revitalize families and, thus, towns in our long tradition of self-sufficiency and independence. Homesteading in the city requires responsibility to ones neighbors and fellow citizens. When it is undertaken with such a foundation, this way of life yields rich rewards of experiencing the rhythms of nature and the wonders of animal life. Municipalities need to provide basic information, services, and clear, helpful regulations related to keeping carefully selected farm animals in urban settings. In turn, homesteaders must demonstrate a commitment to learning about and caring for their animals in a humane and respectful manner throughout the entire lifecycle. All parties working together can make a positive impact at the grassroots level in a world needing practical solutions to the challenges it faces.

From the Inbox

Hello,I am Marcela and yesterday I arrive for the first time to Path to ,I want to say that I was gratefully surprised of what you do,and as I am beginning working with organic vegetables and bees,to see your work was very stimulating hope that you can continue with your beautiful work and I will be looking at your web to learn all about the interesting information.Best wishes!MarcelaSantiago-Chile

New Journal Launch

If all goes well, sometime next week! Even though the new journal will be lacking some new design elements, we are just going to go ahead with launching what we have already done. We have an idea/concept for the “Little Homestead in the City” (whoops, the “new title slipped out *grin*) graphic logo for the top of the page– a cityscape with chickens, garden and small home in the foreground but just didn’t get around to finding someone to help with the design. But that and a few other tweaks can always come later.

Have a good weekend!

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  1. Meg says:

    Beautiful photos!! I can’t wait for the new journal launch. 🙂

  2. Hafiz says:

    How are you all doing? I would like to take the 100 foot diet challenge…however, all I have now is eggs…that it : (. I will give it a try. I am trying to use the logo on my blog…but I am bit IT dense and cant figure it out. Can you please help : )? You are welcome to visit my site as well. Would be a privilege.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Molly says:

    you wrote, “Remember when Disney came out with the hit movie 101 Dalmatians there was run on people wanting to have that type of dog.” Perhaps a closer analogy is the pot-belly pig fad. Laws were hastily amended in many municipalities to allow pigs as pets. Soon people were shocked to find that their cute little designer pig weighed 300# and was destroying their yard. It’s even harder to get responsible adopters for a 300# pig than a neurotic dog, so most of these unwanted pigs were destroyed. I can only hope that Seattle’s “goats’ rights” law was enacted appropriately. People do a pretty good job here of caring for their chickens in a responsible manner, so I’m cautiously hopeful.

  4. Nancy says:

    Are those cedar waxwings, I think? I think they are the most beautiful birds and am sad that upon moving to Arizona from California I have never seen them!

    I think you are very right about the goat thing. I am tempted to get one because they are so CUTE, but I know I am not up to the care. It might be like the pot-bellied pig craze.


  5. Marie says:

    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

  6. Di says:

    Unfortunately its all too easy to get rid of dogs in this current disposable society 🙁 Dalmatian rescue groups are STILL seeing the outpour of excess dogs from those films.
    Both our Dals were adopted from the local shelter, and people we meet are aghast when we tell them that they were 36 hours from being euthanized!!! I would wager WAY more Dals were destroyed than pigs.

    The problem wasn’t just overactive hyper dogs (dals need LOTS of exercise) but a good % of dalmatians are born deaf. Unsuspecting “owners” end up with a dog they think is stubborn and untrainable (or worse vicious) when in fact then are undiagnosed deaf dogs.

    Even now I can walk into my local shelter and see 1 or 2 Dals a week. Disney started the problem, but the problem is STILL there!

    Sorry to rant, but this is a topic VERY close to home (or rather my lap, as one is currently fast asleep snoring her head off)

  7. Anais says:

    Hello Di

    Thanks for commenting and sharing your first hand experience with this unfortunate outcome of Disney’s movie. I hope, by your comments (and story) more folks will think twice about having animals (whether they be dogs or even goats) just because “they are in.” Animals need long term care and attention – we don’t need any more abandoned animals just for the sake of being hip. Before purchasing any pet, livestock or poultry make sure you do your research first and not buy on impulse. Make sure you know all that goes into raising such animals and talk with people who have.

    Thanks again for sharing. We appreciate you input.

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