– short and sweet. Because of all that’s going on these days (good & bad) we (I) just don’t have the time any more to write decent, in depth post. I figure these highlight of some of the goings on is better than no posts at all? Estimating less than 1/2 of what actually happens daily around the urban homestead makes it to the online journal.
– many irons in the fire. Because of all the construction and changes taking place this year, we had to turn down many offers for local and out of town speaking engagements, a collaboration withReal Goods Institute and so on.   

On top of the regular and irregular farming and homesteading activities, it’s plainly obvious the PTF workshops, film screenings and events have been put on hold and tours have been suspended while the urban homestead grows bigger and bigger through yet another phase.    Instead of all the time & energy that goes into public events, we are focusing on making the urban homestead even more self sufficient and better than ever!
– still in the works. Between urban homesteading life there’s still a bit of dabbling on the new PTF journal, website and short videos.  
– pondering. Noticing all the green, sustainable workshops both here in the USA and overseas. Wonder if anyone finds the time to actually grow their own food or strive to live a more sustainable life. Growing your own food keeps tied/ a slave to the land at certain times of the year, especially in summer when there’s no such thing as a “summer vacation.”   Back in the old days, school was let out in summer because the kids were needed to work on the family farm/homestead getting the crops in before winter and not meant to be spent browsing the malls, sitting on a beach, watching summer flicks or jet setting around the world.   Summer was a time to make hay while the sun shone so that your family and community would be prepared for fall and winter – sure you had the local watering hole to play in after chores were done and local community gatherings. There’s that word again – local.  It’s all about re-localizing work and play.
– beyond CFL.  One step further, changing over to LED’s
– change, change, change. There’s a whole lot of of changes going on.  Rolling with the punches through hills and valleys.
– going up. Combining last year’s tomato crop failure due last summer’s excess hot temps and humidity, the winter’s deep freeze and lack of rain looks like we’ll have to raise our prices to make up for all of the losses.
– and now there are four. Divided the kombucha
– good dusting. Ever since the roof was removed last summer and with all the recent construction the house always seemed to have a layer of dust lurking in corners, underneath furniture on windowsills. Last week thoroughly dusted the three main rooms in the house.   One of the greatest feeling’s of a job well done is a tidy and clean room/house.
– move on. More folks we know are leaving LA….. will PTF be far behind?   
– stay tuned for Q & A posting tomorrow.
– fave summer movie rentalNorth & South
– keeping the garden healthy with weeklyEM applications.
– water wise. Ollas continue to do their job.
– it’s official. Driest year ever on record. 


Buzz Kill {Common Ground}

Can urban beekeepers save the world?Approaching Dawn Corl’s cozy plum home — nestled in a tree-lined, Seattle neighborhood on a sunny morning — it’s clear something unusual is abuzz in this sliver of urban jungle. A sign on the door warns “Beware of bees,” and inside, a colony of said bees points the way toward a vibrant backyard where more of the hive lurks, awaiting unsuspecting visitors.
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Southland at the tinder mercy of a record-breaking dry spell {LA Times}

At the stroke of midnight tonight, Southern California will mark a milestone that few are celebrating. History will show that from July 1 of 2006 to June 30 of this year, only 3.21 inches of rain fell in downtown Los Angeles — the lowest precipitation level since records started being kept in the 1880s. Other cities around the region, including Pasadena, Culver City, Anaheim and Riverside, will also set all-time records.
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Research casts doubt on the region’s strategy of pushing transit-oriented residential projects to get people out of cars {LA Times}

Reporters spent two months interviewing residents, counting cars going out of and into the buildings and counting pedestrians walking from the projects to the nearby train stations.The reporting showed that only a small fraction of residents shunned their cars during morning rush hour. Most people said that even though they lived close to transit stations, the trains weren’t convenient enough, taking too long to arrive at destinations and lacking stops near their workplaces. Many complained that they didn’t feel comfortable riding the MTA’s crowded, often slow-moving buses from transit terminals to their jobs.Moreover, the attraction of shops and cafes that are often built into developments at transit stations can actually draw more cars to neighborhoods, putting an additional traffic burden on areas that had been promised relief.
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Californians urged to cut water after driest year {Yahoo! News}

Southern Californians, fond of their private pools, golf courses, garden sprinklers and the ubiquitous car wash, are being urged to reform their water-guzzling ways after the region’s driest year on record. A mere 3.2 inches of rain — less than a quarter as much as usual — fell on downtown Los Angeles in the year beginning on July 1, 2006, the lowest since records began 130 years ago.
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Older farmers keep on planting after 65 {Yahoo! News}

PEMBERVILLE, Ohio – Like many farmers, Roger Burtchin is approaching an age when others are thinking about retiring. But he has no plans to stop planting corn and soybeans. “Farming’s one of those things that gets in your blood,” he said. “Even when things get tough, you still enjoy it.”
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  1. Ginny says:

    Well, praise the Lord! It sounds like you all are doing some wise contemplating regarding the business that keeps you from doing what you need to be doing. So many people are busy and not really accomplishing anything worthwhile. I am still trying to overcome chaos in my own life. Keep up the good work.

    In Christ,


  2. MuddyClogs says:

    First off, what you guys do is so inspiring! You should make sure to check out this interesting article from yesterday’s NYT about what some are calling “light green”, referring to Americans chosing ‘green’ goods instead of consuming less in general:

    If that links doesn’t work, you can find it on their website. The article was called “Buying Into the Green Movement”. I agree with the author’s end comments that although the masses are not consuming less, it is still a good step for them to buy green goods, hoping it increase their mindfulness about the environment, and maybe eventually consumption of unneccessary goods.

  3. claire says:

    thnkyou for taking the time to share your busy schedule and posting the links to articles. we are having the opposite problem with rain here, too much! the weeds like it.
    many blessings

  4. Anna says:

    We’ve been receiving all your rain here in Oklahoma! Think of getting 9 inches in 24 hours…the farmers had their wheat crops destroyed just before harvest. So very sad to see their crops flattened. I pray that you all get the rain now instead of us.


  5. gerry medland says:

    However much or little content you post Anais,I want you to know that all content is inspiring and food for thought,planning and ACTION!!!We really do appreciate the time taken from out of your busy busy scheduleto keep us informed.

  6. David says:

    Yes met a guy on a Freecycle pickup near Culver City going to Oregon. A friend of a friends also started farming garlic in Oregon & commutes via plane from Laguna, CA. Many folks heading out of LA. Hopefully you all will stay as an oasis to the urban farmstead, & to help pollinate many fertile minds. Wish I could do things on a grander scale but for now learning via my 600sqrft community garden plot. My community garden space is overgrown w/ tomatoes, squash, & japanese cuc’s & this hot heat is wilting my precious rhubarb despite my terracotta(thanks for your olla :)) & plastic ollas( rhubarb maybe not suited for so Cal unless in micro climate:( ).

    Hope you all had a great Independence Day, did a drive by to see Rose Bowl action but no gratis parking ($20)& came to late despite free tickets(BBQ & faternity before pleasure,lol) & w/ police choppers searchlighting & police cars a buzz… give me serenity now. Never saw so many people in Pasadena out round Rose Bowl cept World Cup soccer exhib. game between Mexico & US back it the day. Will come earlier next year if can snag gratis tickets from dear ol’ mum:). Checking back periodically & Merci beaucoup for continuing to share your idea packed journal.

    Good ‘ay mates, David