This summer the season is ripe for more and more folks joining the modern urban homesteading movement.   We are seeing more and more articles/books flooding the print and airwaves on the subject from growing your own food, raising backyard chickens even bees not to mention the preservation efforts that come with an abundant harvest.

Certianly a dramatic upswing in city slickers gettin’ dirty – hopefully the jump on the bandwagon is for the longhaul and that the trend continues towards a more sustainable future.  After 20 years of urban homesteading our family has experienced the up and down sides of this lifestyle and we’ve come to gain a more deeper awareness in what urban homesteading requires of us as individuals.

I was causually chatting on the phone with a local writer who wants to interview us for a local magazine.  She talked about the urban homesteading shift which I replied we view with both a mixture of excitement and caution.  Simply because with a trend there are occasion for folks to jump in with their eyes not completly wide open especially when it comes to keeping poultry, bees and small stock.   The writer who was a animal lover herself was very appreciative of our understanding and said that these deeper issues should be address more now that this sort of lifestyle has gone from hippie to hip.    We also discussed the subject of front yard edible gardens and how athestics and beauty is hugely important when one sees people tearing out their lawns without thought simply to just grow food (making a reference to an article that highlighted a city dweller who ripped out the lawn just to replace it with furrows which had the neighbors not too thrilled)

Farmer D is a big proponet of if it’s different it should be beautiful.   A question that we like to poise to newbie urban homesteaders is this “would you like living next to you.”   The contrast between homesteading and urban homesteading is that we city dwellers are stuck in close quarters with our neighbors and part of a large community which includes the city we each live in.

Here are a few mentionables that feature PTF

Quirky Nomads interviews urban homesteader Jules Dervaes

and if you can read/understand Portuguese  Brazil’s Globo News TV did a feature on our growing efforts which prompted a surge in Freedom Garden signees from Brazil.  A warm welcome to you all. 

And last but not least our homegrown social network topped 5100 members!  What a way to grow!

Don’t forget you can proudly display that you “grow your own!” with one of these colorful bumperstickes

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Thank you and happy growing for 2009.


  1. Lauren V says:

    I live in a city, on a .17 acre lot, and I have a veggie and fruit garden and 4 (illegal) chickens. I have veggies planted in my front yard, side yard and back yard, and I personally would LOVE to live next to me. I am currently trying to convince my neighbors to grow their own food, and some are for it, some against it. I think the question is “would OTHERS like living next to you.” Personally, I think its all very beautiful and practical, but dispite my very attractive playhouse coop for my chickens, my neighbors occasionally complain. disagreements among neighbors is very unwelcome, because even if what you are doing is legal, they can make life very unpleasant.

  2. Michelle says:

    I’ve commented before about my gratitude in regard to your commitment to making sure that backyard farm animals are well cared for. This is SO important…and I have to say, each day I let my 4 chickens (not sure if it’s legal here in my No. Cal. town…but I asked my neighbors first and they were all for it!) out of their (roughly) 240 cubic foot coop to “free range” and stretch their wings, I say to myself, “you girls are SO spoiled!” But they’re not…they’re just well cared they should be. I researched chicken keeping for over a year before making the step of ownership…and it was a year weel spent, as I really felt like I knew what I was getting into. Recently, I’ve been reading books and web sites on beekeeping. I’m no totally sure about this one….yet…but we’ll see. I’ve learned, never say never. Thanks for helping us to be aware…

  3. Nancy says:

    “If it’s different it should be beautiful” – that is what amazes me, how extremely beautiful your garden is. You are artists!

  4. Val says:

    I think your garden is an inspiration to others in the fact that it is different and it is beautiful, it does not have to be furrows and plain.. its definitely a view on how to look outside the box. I still do not have my chickens yet and as previous poster stated…they should be well cared for and they will….when we are ready.

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