A 4,000-square-foot back yard. Six thousand pounds of fruits and vegetables. Chickens, goats, bees. Urban homesteading done right.

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Note :   This clip was shot in early summer.  We know have 8 ducks and Elements Restaurant (featured in one of the produce pick ups) unceremoniously dumped us (because of cost cut backs) and we are no longer supplying them with salad or other produce from our little city farm.


  1. Kathryn says:

    I recorded & watched this yesterday. I think they did a pretty good job, over all. Some programs like this tend to make the people in it look odd-ball or simply weird. I thought they did a lovely job of covering your property & your lives.

    So glad to have the chance to “see” your life. I was surprised at how many hits they said your website gets, ’cause i don’t see all that many comments. So glad you have a good following. Some day we’ll drive up your way and get to see it ourselves.

  2. Stacy says:

    This is an exceptional report. I feel as though I was there with the reporter. It gave a very inspiring account of your city-farm efforts. Thanks for sharing.

  3. grace says:

    absolutely loved this! it is blowing snow getting colder by the minute here in Indiana. all I can do is dream of warmer days and let the Path to Freedom inspiration fill my head. Thank you all so much for sharing your lives with the world. You are a wonderful inspiration to me.

  4. Nebraska Dave says:

    I concur with the other comments. It was a well reported interview of your system of operation. We too here in Nebraska have promises of subzero temperatures tonight with the high being 9 degrees tomorrow. I’m snuggled up in my long underwear, sweat shirt and paints, and wrapped up in a suggie with a heat emitting laptop on my lap. It’s a great way to catch up on blogging and stay warm at the same time.

    Have a great California day.

  5. Paula says:

    Awesome interview! I really enjoyed all the shots of the garden and animals – so inspiring! Great job!

  6. Debbie in Alabama says:

    Great interview!! Could you possibly do a post on your animal yard/chicken coop/goat shelter? I would love to see some close-up pics and have dimensions, etc. I am ready to add goats and ducks to my chickens and am looking at ways to incorporate it all and keeping maintenance to a workable level. Thanks for the inspiration to keep me going!!!

  7. Carol says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while and this video feels like a visit with friends. How you manage to do all that you do and then share it all with others is truly incomprehensible. Thank you for your continued inspiration!

  8. Monica says:

    I never get tired of hearing about your urban homestead. I agree with previous comments too, they did a wonderful job covering your homestead in a positive light. It made me wish my garden was as advanced. I can’t wait for spring to roll around. Congratulations and keep up the awesome work!

    Monica ;0)

  9. Steve says:

    Nice video! I think they did a really good job!

  10. Veronica Garcia says:

    I love seeing you in KCET. I love what you do, my family has been thinking of also start growing what we eat, but we don’t know where to start or if we can where we live. Lancaster CA has very hot days in the summer and cold nights in the winter, n not much rain, do you think its possible?

  11. Julie Orr Landscape Designer says:

    I am very inspired by this interview. Good for you for having the conviction and commitment to your homestead garden. Since I am a landscape designer would you consider writing a post about edibles that also are decorative in the landscape?

  12. Bonnie says:

    I think my favorite part was when Jules was decribing his dream of having his children with their own extended families and homesteads side by side. It is a dream of mine as well for my family(my sisters and my children) living independant, but cohesively together. As a parent watching my children grow up and move on I can relate to that. He is blessed that his children have similar ideals and that the farm has remained intact so long. It is good to see you work together, but still acknowledge that your lives are not static.

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