Tallest eggplant? 7 foot and growing….

On the Urban Homestead

We’ve been so enjoying the cooler weather, certainly helps out the garden and gets everyone to start thinking about indoor activities — like knitting all those UFO’s (un-finished objects) laying around, organizing seeds, etc.

In between working on a new website and other PTF related projects, the pace quickens here on the urban homestead with the change of seasons. Our new chickens and ducks are grown and have integrated well with our already menagerie of farm animals.  A new home is in the works for the animals.  The next few weeks will be spent preparing them and the garden for the cooler and hopefully wetter months ahead.  

As you can see the eggplant continues to grow, reaching 7 feet with no sign of stopping. The other eggplants in the raised bed aren’t far behind.    wonder how high it will grow?  Anyone know the record on the tallest eggplant? 😉

Urban rainwater saving made easy

Water HOG Update

Yesterday, Sally and Simon of Water HOG Australia dropped by the urban homestead on their way to San Francisco to showcase the HOGs at a green conference. Over lunch we discussed business and the looming water shortage here in the West, including the ongoing drought in Australia they have witness first hand (Australia just issued mandatory water cuts/restrictions).    They were impressed with all that we do here on the urban homestead and  afterwards they took a walk to visit some nearby architectural jewels (Gamble House/Greene & Greene & La Miniatura/Frank Lloyd Wright )Sally &Simon plan on establishing a United States branch of their business after they work out the details, patents, etc.   PTF would use a few (many!) HOGS  here on the urban homestead, in addition we plan on being a distributor of these unique and practical water catchments systems.  We are really excited and thrilled about the HOGS and to hopefully offer them to other conscious folks- perfect for urban homesteaders and dwellers who are conscious about their impact.   These nifty HOGS, which Sally says will come in an assortment of colors and hopefully be made with a percentage of recycled plastic, can use used in crawl spaces in cellars, under flooring (heating and cooling), along a fence line (or even the fence) in tight spaces that we urbanites struggle and are so familiar with. Due the freight shipping and time constraints it looks like we may now get the HOGS after the conference.   Stay tuned for the all the HOG details.

:: Field Hand Appreciation :: GM donation of $20.   Thanks to the ongoing generosity of GM and other filed hands who have supported the growth of PTF we are slowly nearing 50% of our total for the year.  Only 3.5 months left to reach our $6,000+ goal for this year   Can we reach or even hope to surpass it?

The new website is slowly taking shape. Why all this work over a website?  Well truth is, it really needed to be done, Why?  Well, because each year PTF continues to grow and archives and online stuff needed to finally get organized and everything in place.  In place for what?   Such an immense task needed to be done if we have a chance at starting the long overdue “B” project (“b” as in book).   After seven years, there’s enough stuff that we’ve accomplished, so actually this new improved site will do us a big favor.  Forcing us to focus on organizing our journey and evolution of the urban homestead. 

For nearly seven years now PTF has forged a roadmap towards urban sustainability and whose online presence has dramatically influenced and pioneered the urban homestead movement and we look forward to sharing even more of our journey in the coming years ahead.  

Thank you all for your ongoing support.


Give the earth a Sabbath day {CSMonitor}

If we all reduced our driving, shopping, and business by one-seventh, we’d pollute that much less.Albany, N.y. – As religious leaders and their congregations go green, they’ve neglected one Judeo-Christian teaching that could cut energy consumption and pollution by 14.2857 percent. That’s one-seventh, just as the Sabbath halts work one day out of the weekly seven.The day of rest – long considered a gift from God – is meant to create a joyful, liberating respite from worldly concerns such as work and consumption, activities that both use the earth’s resources.
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Hike in the woods, sunshine through the trees

As 30 year Sabbath keepers, our day of rest usually consists of not working, making or using money.   All non necessary work except tending to the animals is halting, we abstain from running errands or even shopping is avoided. Leaving the day uncluttered and spent with friends, family, resting, relaxing (reading, knitting, etc) or hiking out in nature. One day week made for us and the urban homestead to take time off in restoration and renewal.   A chance to save the world and ourselves by calling a halt to our “normal” routine.

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  1. Kim Campbell says:

    Oooh! A book! If/when you start a pre-buy list I want to be on it!!

  2. The Purloined Letter says:

    I too am enjoying the cool weather for gardening, knitting and spinning. But the thing I really want to say is thanks for your beautiful discussion of the Sabbath here. Lovely.