Pumpkin Days

Homegrown Diet – Fall Edition

Still enjoying homegrown eggplant, tomatoes and more.


B – homemade waffles (homeraised eggs, local raw milk, organic flour and oil) with homegrown pomegranates

D – homemade spanish rice (organic rice, homegrown peppers, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro with spices) with organic black beans topped with homegrown tomatoes, homegrown cilantro and cheese


B – homemade granola

L – leftovers from Saturday

D – homegrown tomato sandwich on sprouted local bread with homegrown salad


B – homemade granola

L – homemade, homegrown pumpkin soup (with homegrown herbs)

D – homegrown steamed lima beans and organic rice


B – homemade granola

L – cream homegrown broccoli soup made with homegrown celery and homegrown parsley

D – same with homemade biscuits


B – homemade granola

L – homemade homegrown pumpkin soup with homemade organic cornbread (made with homeraised eggs)

D – same


B – homemade granola

L – homemade, homegrown pumpkin soup with slice of local sprout bread topped with homegrown tomato and raw cheese

D – pizza topped with homegrown roasted eggplant, homegrown tomatoes, homegrown basil served with homegrown salad greens


B – homemade granola

L – homegrown broccoli with organic pasta and raw cheese sauce

D –    w.w. organic pasta with homemade pesto (homegrown basil) and topped with homegrown tomatoes served with homegrown salad topped with homegrown pomegranate seeds

Earth Day in November?

Well, we all know they saying of “earth day, every day.” Already we are getting invites for next year’s Earth Day events.   My, how times flies. Thanks to your support, PTF’s Homegrown Revolution™: Urban Homestead exhibit will be better than ever for this upcoming earth and community celebration.

:: Field Hand Appreciation :: SB $25donation towards growing PTF’s future.

Brac Featured on TreeHugger {treehugger}

The Brac system includes “state-of-the-art components that filter used water from your shower, bath and laundry(*1), and then reuses it for your toilet’s evacuation system. The recycled water, which we will refer to as grey water, is strictly used for your toilet or for irrigation, and cannot get in your drinking-water system. Foreign particles are filtered, so it is like using normal water, but without having to pay again, while also doing something effective for the environment. Furthermore, once integrated into your existing plumbing, the system operates seamlessly, so the only difference you will notice is on your water bill.”I asked Chris why they did not include the washing machine as a recommended connection; he said that the sinks and showers generally produce enough water to run the toilets and any excess will just go to the overflow. I mentioned that in Atlanta there was a big need for landscaping water; he said that if that was the case it would make sense to have the biggest tank and connect the washer to it. He noted that you can also connect your downspouts to it and collect rainwater.
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PTF’s online store carries the BRAC GREYWATER SYSTEM… check it out.

Urban chickens {indy.com}

Recent research published by Mother Earth News, a magazine dedicated to self-reliant and healthy living, found that eggs from chickens allowed to forage naturally have, on average, seven times more beta carotene (which is what makes pastured egg yolks so orange), three times more vitamin E, two times more omega-3 fatty acids and two-thirds more vitamin A than their factory farm cousins. Pastured eggs also have one-third less cholesterol and one-quarter less saturated fat, on average.
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Want to start you own backyard flock, check out PTF’s online store for poultry book titles

S.F. beekeepers reap a sweet harvest {sfgate}

It’s time to make honey in San Francisco, and urban beekeepers are extracting it from hives in community gardens, atop apartment buildings, in their driveways and from bee colonies tucked away in Golden Gate Park.”You wouldn’t know that there are so many hives in the city, because beekeepers like to stay under the radar,” said Bryon Waibel, as he maneuvered a wagon of hives around a cluster of homeless men sleeping on a South of Market sidewalk one recent morning.With the recent unexplained disappearance of 25 percent of the U.S. honeybee population, interest in beekeeping is at an all-time high among city dwellers, said Peter Sinton, president of the San Francisco Beekeepers’ Association.
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Video: Missoula Squabbles Over Urban Chickens {newwest}

The urban chicken ordinance, which stalled in City Council after a tie vote late this summer, would allow Missoula city residents the provisional right to raise up to six hens (no roosters) within the city limits.
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Slice food bill, avoid drought: grow vegies {theage}

The urban chicken ordinance, which stalled in City Council after a tie vote late this summer, would allow Missoula city residents the provisional right to raise up to six hens (no roosters) within the city limits.
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Want to increase your garden’s productivity, check out PTF’s online store for urban agriculture book titles

Progress on ‘collapsing’ beehives {csmonitor}

New York – Last fall, honeybee hives began showing up mysteriously vacant. Entire adult bee populations seemingly vanished without a trace, often leaving the queen, juveniles, and honey behind. By spring, what beekeepers had called “autumn collapse” or “fall dwindle dis­­ease” had a new name: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD hit nearly one-quarter of commercial beekeeping operations in the United States. Affected operations lost between 50 and 90 percent of their hives. In an industry where 10 to 20 percent yearly losses are common, the die-offs were drastic. In March testimony before the House’s Committee on Agriculture, Diana Cox-Foster, a professor of entomology at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, called CCD a “serious threat to American agriculture.”
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Want to start you own backyard hives check out PTF’s online store forbeekeeping book titles

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  1. Beany says:


    You mention eating a breakfast of granola…how do you eat it? I like it with yogurt, but was wondering if you eat it in some other way. Also, I guess you don’t drink any thing but water? 🙂

  2. Glynis says:

    Thank-you for mentioning that Atlanta needs water for urban agriculture. We looked into a Bract system for our home, but the whole venture here was something that, at this time we can not afford. However, we tried to have plumbing installed so that it could be used, at some point.
    The city is banning water for all forms of outdoor use except food at this time. Nothing has been done to encourage restricted use inside the home – which is where most of residential water is used. I have heard officials blame part of the water shortage on the incredible housing boom – yet no move has yet to be made to control the population which uses our water system.