In the day.  We have one more busy week to go with Earth Week and then everything should (hopefully) go back to normal.

I have two weeks of meals sitting here on my desk  (um that didn’t come out right – the menu list NOT the actual food), loads of photos from this weekend’s events and homesteading stories to share – especially issues with the weather (we went from a touch of ice in the morning midweek to over 90 degrees this weekend)

But, unfortunately for our LHITC journal readers, we have another busy week on tap. Not to mention just getting off a busy weekend with a composting solutions presentation on Saturday and then an all day eco fair on Sunday.

Tonight  (Monday) we’ll be at the Santa Monica public library giving a presentation on urban homesteading from 7 pm – 9pm.

Tuesday and Wednesday we spend those two days sharing our lives with foreign press working on a story.

On Friday morning we visit a local school for their opening ceremony for their new LEEDS certified facility

Saturday we celebrate Greening the Earth Day in Pasadena (Memorial Park, 10 am – 4 pm ) – make sure to come out and check out our wonderful Freedom Gardens table!

Sunday we’ll be at Claremont Earth Day festivities and giving another presentation on urban homesteading at 12:45 noon at New Village in downtown Claremont.

Then on Sunday evening we host another FILM & FOOD NIGHT.   On top of swapping crops, seeds and a good old fashion potluck.

Jordanne will be bringing over the goats and there to answer any question people have about raising backyard farm animals.  So come on down for some good food, fun and fellowship.

Can’t forget the typical urban homesteading elements that need to be done on a daily basis – planting, animals, projects, etc.  Which on such days/weeks like this one we start falling a wee bit behind so we start working longer hours to try to get done all the things expect of us.  Some people then ask us “why are you doing this”and we reply “why not?”

Oh, and I haven’t even mention all the webby work that goes on around here – there’s Freedom Gardens upgrades that we (I say we but it’s really ONE person)  are working on, a new PTF site (yes really!)  and the burden that comes with trying to do it all ourselves since donations  have been slow in coming these past few months on account of the economic downturn I suppose.   We expected that but on account of more people growing their own food, we thought Freedom Seeds would help support the multi faceted aspects of our outreach.  Instead of donating outright we assumed people needed seeds and would get something in turn for their support but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case and seeds sales have been slow.  So slow that in fact we won’t even pay off our investment — unless things turn around.

Even though we are busy, all this outreach takes time, energy and even money away from investing in projects, needs for our own urban homestead.

Some days we feel that we are up the creek without a paddle…  while we are out there, or here on the internet sharing with you/others we are falling further and further behind (both in time and money)

Just remember while you enjoy our sites and appreciate our work, while it may be offered free to you it does COST someone.  Like they say “nothing in life is free.”

If you can’t afford to make a donation, or you’ve already purchased your seeds or made a donation then perhaps take time and s spread the word to someone who may be hasn’t.  Just remember “If not you, then who? If not now, then when?”


This week, I will try to squeeze out some entries for your enjoyment but given our/my workload I wouldn’t be so sure.  Um then again, I will have THREE weeks work of weekly meals to share and I can’t fall too far behind!

Now if you’ll excuse me I need to clean out the chicken coop and get to work.


  1. says:

    Thanks for the update on Freedom Seeds. I just placed my order, hope it helps. Im really interested to grow heirloom tomatoes. Hopefully soon, I’ll order some peppers too. Many thanks!

  2. Stacy says:

    The composting workshop on Saturday was great – thank you! My mom really enjoyed it. I’m working on hooking her in with the Orange County crew and getting involved, even though she keeps objecting that she only has a balcony and hardly enough presence of mind to water what plants she’s got. She was up to help me around the house getting more of my yard projects done because once you get into the gardening, there never seems to be enough time!

    Last week I found out a friend’s mom has OODLES of big bamboo I can have, so I’ve built myself a new bed, just for corn! As soon as I get it filled (less weed area!), I’ll be putting Freedom Seeds in it! (I’ll pick them up Sunday at the gathering.)

    Oh, and I’m still using iSearch all the time to do what I can to help you guys out there.

  3. Margaret says:

    This is the first year in many that I am really being devoted about my garden. One Million Gardens has turned into my favorite place to sit and have a hot cuppa online. Spending the afternoon making paper pots to get some cuke seeds into. Ordered seed for this year already, but next you have my order.

  4. Anny says:

    You guys are amazing I don’t know how you do it all.

  5. Susan says:

    I had forgotten about the site because I was honoring your request not to order on the weekends, but I’m glad I did because you have the trombocinos again! Yay! Just placed my order too.

    My chickens got loose and tore up my lettuce bed *sigh* so I’m having to mostly start again.

  6. anita says:

    Hi Anais,
    I would have loved to have bought Freedom Seeds but due to quarantine restrictions here in Australia that’s not possible. You have such a large international readership, this may be a possiblity as a
    downturn in ordering.
    Blessings and very success

  7. Judy says:

    I really don’t know how your family get everything done… but, somehow not only are you taking care of your food growing and animals, you’re making the time to go out and help others. I think that is awesome!

    A couple of months ago I elected to do the monthly donation of $5.20 per month via PayPal ($5 to PTF and 20 cents to PayPal charges). I just want to let everyone know that this is so easy to do and once you set up it (and choose the number of months you commit to donate) the donation is automatic…. I would like to challenge all PTF blog readers to do this. You can donate $1, $5, $10 of whatever amount that you feel comfortable with. The amount of information that I have found on this site is so worth it!

    Thanks again to the Dervaes family for sharing their wisdom and knowledge with all of us — and for giving us the inspiration to know that we can all succeed in a self-sufficient urban lifestyle!

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