KEEPING UP APPERANCES

Monday morning we urban homesteaders were on a live local tv talk show to chat about our urban self sufficiency and urban homestead project. Thanks A for the invite. We talked about growing food and showed off a few home preserves and goods from the urban homestead. The host really enjoyed our salad which we brought. She said it was the best field salad mix she ever tasted. Can’t beat homegrown.

With eco issues coming out in local and national media outlets we’ve been busy with interviews, inquiries and preparing for Earth Day and launch of the new FreedomGardens.org website (sneak a peak)

It’s a busy time for all of us and it’s great to see the readership increasing and reader participation with recent comments. This year we once again are growing through some growing pains so bare with us as we try to handle everyone’s emails, etc. It’s a struggle to figure out what’s best for both PTF and the public. It’s not easy, believe me, and we are doing our very best under the circumstances. So we appreciate everyone’s understanding.

Also, the local Smith & Hawkens store called and donated a damaged arbor. A gift we most graciously accepted (thanks so much L for thinking of us and congrats on the new grandbaby) We figured this arbor can come in handy since we have used all available ground space.  With our Grow for 10 Challenge we need to grow up!

Can we dig it?

Stay tuned…. to see how we are growing and hope others will join in our efforts to continue to grow, weigh and eat a % of our own food.

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  1. PhoenixJen says:

    Dear PTF gang:

    One does not always know how one influences others (good and bad) – so I’m going to share a tiny bit of how you and your site have helped me here in Phoenix.

    About 3 yrs ago, I came down with a rare autoimmune disease that stole much of my health and part of my vision (blind in one eye now). Things looked bleak for me. I applied for social security disability because I was no longer able to work – in fact I was bedridden most of the time.

    Unfortunately, Soc Sec cannot be relied upon these days and applicants often wait 3 yrs to receive any kind of benefits – which is horrible. Most lose not only their health and jobs, but their homes during this trying time. Many succumb to deep depression, making their circumstances even more dire.

    I, myself, could have followed down that same dire path but instead, I found the Phoenix Permaculture Guild and your site. What little energy I had, I put into making positive changes in my environment – from recycling grey water to growing a small veggie garden. It took me a LONG time to do things as I had to rest 20 mins for every 10 mins I spent doing something. Members of the Phoenix Permaculture Guild came over to help out as did my parents and neighbors.

    Fast forward to the present. My small veggie garden has grown to include most of my front yard and about a third of my back yard. I have 42 fruit trees planted and trimmed in “urban orchard” style (kept small as my plot is only 1/6th of an acre). Grapes adorn trellises and bees, butterflies and birds abound.

    This past Sat, I opened my yard for a tour for the Phoenix Permaculture Guild – 70 people showed up and 47 stayed for the composting class taught by a guild member afterwards. It was amazing! People were so enthusiastic. They were invited to pick anything that looked good while they were there. Cauliflower, broccoli, spinach and herbs left with guests.

    This morning, a freelance writer from New York visited to scope out the place for potential article material.

    I just wanted to thank you all for all the hard work, committment and generosity you show through this site and your own work and path. I couldn’t have done it without you.

    Oh – and here are some stats from my property, “Dolce Verde”
    Electric savings over last year: 22% (had already cut way back the year before)
    Gas savings over last year: 30%
    Water savings over last year: 37%
    Food production this year: 109 lbs

    Thanks again!
    PhoenixJen

  2. Anais says:

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work!

    Anais

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