Home gardens could grow 50% of humanity’s food supply on less than 10% of the world’s arable farmland.  —

It’s unsettling start to winter but I guess what should we expect as the past couple winter seasons have been pretty mild.  Considering many parts of the country are already getting a dusting of the white stuff,  we shouldn’t complain!

On the tally front, we still have ONE more month left and are inviting ya’ll to guess the “2011 Harvest Tally”

Sadly, looks like we won’t be topping our 2010 tally of 7,030 lbs but getting close to our annual average 6,000 lb harvest we’ve sustained for many years in a row. It still amazes me that our little 1/10 acre continues to be so productive – what a blessing!

It’s dipped to freezing three nights a row and more cold nights are forecasted.   Usually the first freeze around hear holds off till January but there is nothing “normal” about the weather hereabouts.

Since it looks like the climate’s changing it maybe that we have to replace our lightweight row covers with thicker ones.  Of course, going to cost us a pretty penny!

Through this lean winter season Sis & I were thinking of having a “Bake Sale “or something to help us raise some extra funds for the farm.

November Harvest Tally

552 lbs Produce (fruits, vegetables, herbs)

Eggs  106 (Duck)  20 (Chicken)

85  Jars “Put Up”

2011 Year to Date

5,398 lbs Produce (fruits, vegetables, herbs)

Eggs 1150 (Duck)  506 (Chicken)

639  Jars “Put Up”

Guess the Tally

Don’t forget to join our guessing contest.  Comments close at the end of December.  We’ll select THREE winners who will receive a 2012 Little Homestead in the City calendar.

Good luck!

COMMENTS ARE CLOSED.  We will be tallying up the 2011 harvest numbers and announcing the winners soon!


  1. kitsapFG says:

    I am guessing the final tally will be right around 5,785 lbs.

  2. Diane says:

    Off the charts!!! 8, 235 lbs.

  3. Valarie says:

    I’m going to guess 5813! Keep up the amazing work, it’s such an inspiration!

  4. Sara Joy says:

    I don’t know why, but the number 5885 comes to mind.
    Blessings, Sara

  5. Rich says:

    I am guessing the final will be right around 5,987 lbs.

  6. rich hutchins says:

    I guess 6,023

  7. Melanie Scriptunas says:

    I going with 6212 lbs. Good luck!

    • Melanie Scriptunas says:

      *I’m* Sorry.

  8. Kathy B says:

    My guess for 2011 is 5, 888 lbs.

  9. The Weekend Homesteader says:

    My guess is 5698.

  10. Mari says:

    5, 739lb. Good job!

  11. Justin says:

    Over 5,000 pounds of produce? Wow that’s is truly inspiring. We have a small garden but this is really inspirational to see what one could do on a small plot. One day. Do you use any special fertilizer like thalassa or ocean minerals?

  12. elaine nieves says:

    I guess 5,950 lbs. Sorry to hear about the wind damage. In spite of that you are doing a great job of producing so many fruits and veggies on such a small amount of land.

  13. Cheryl Christian says:

    I am guessing around 7265 pounds. Love your site.

  14. Cheryl Christian says:

    Opps I misread the article amount..LOL My guess for real this time is 5910. Should have paid more attention. Thanks

  15. c says:

    5648lbs and another 110 eggs combined

  16. Carol says:

    Keep up the good work! I’m guessing a total 2011 harvest of 5902.

  17. Marco Baldi says:

    I am going to guess 5995 lbs ! AMAZING !!!

  18. Lawrence Padilla says:

    total for 2011 harvest of 6480……(maybe)

  19. margaret says:

    guessing 6118

  20. Erica says:


    All the best .

  21. Beverly DeRosa says:

    I guess 7300 lbs. Wonderful site: )

  22. Janice Engelberth says:

    I will make a guess of 6010.

  23. Robyn says:

    I think you’ll be close to last year! I’m voting 6999 pounds : )

  24. Nora says:

    5,118 Pounds

  25. Bethany says:

    I think I’ll guess . . . . 6115 lbs. Keep up the good work!

  26. Joleen says:

    5,501 lbs

  27. Sage Kaplan says:

    Just a curious question,
    Why do the ducks lay more eggs than the chickens and also are you doing any more fun knitting projects since I love to read your craft projects about knitting, sewing and since you have the awesome hand-powered sewing machine are you going to be making any clothes or anything with it?
    Just asking

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      We have 6 chickens and 6 ducks. The chickens are now about 5 years old so their egg laying days are waning. Out of the 6 ducks, 4 of the ducks are much younger (going on two) so that’s why we get more duck than chicken eggs.

      • Erica says:

        How long do chickens live?

        • Anais Dervaes says:

          There lifespans averages 6-8 years but we’ve had a chicken lived nearly 9 years… one of duck is going on 9 years too.

  28. Deaonna says:

    6859 Lb my guess

  29. George says:

    Very impressive as usual. 5,920, however, I am rooting (pun intended) for you break 6,000…

  30. chantal says:

    I’m guessing 5877lbs. Good Luck.

  31. Ginger says:

    5522 is my husbands lucky number. Maybe it’ll be mine, too.

  32. Marion Melchiorre says:

    6587 lbs
    You all inspire me.

  33. Erica says:

    A bake sale at this time of the year is a great idea. On Sunday our church made $400 in about 10 minutes selling Christmas cookies.

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      Really? That’s wonderful. Sis and I are baking up some ideas.

  34. Tami says:

    my guess would be 5835lbs… what a great year you have had..=)

  35. madison says:

    5,907 lbs is my guess

  36. Linda in FL says:

    I’m gonna go with 5899 for the year! We’ve probably done about eight percent of what y’all have, here in our little corner. At least it’s something though. I think we’ve saved about $200+ having fresh salad greens all year round, and probably another $200 in tomatoes and fresh vegies. You guys are a great inspiration!

  37. sheena from va says:

    I would like to guess around 6,001 pounds as the final tally.

  38. rich hutchins says:

    rench aka rich

  39. keith says:

    5842 lbs.

  40. Laura says:

    My guess is 6,012. Great job this year!

  41. Kim Hayes says:

    My guess is 5,765 pounds. Great Work, keep it up!

    Thank you

  42. Fay Ferguson says:

    Sorry it has been so cold on you. Have you thought about just doubling or adding to the lighter row covers. Something like old shower curtains or table clothes might do the job.

    I’m guessing 6,003 pounds of food for 2011.


  43. Michele white says:

    I would guess at least 5,648 lbs

  44. Rebeccah Hazel says:

    I’m thinkin about 5955. You all are truly an inspiration!! If only I could be a fraction as productive!!

  45. Becky Black says:

    6053 pounds

  46. Cheryl Marlow says:

    My guess = 5,898 ~ God Bless, you guys are my heroes =)

  47. Laura @ Laura Williams Musings says:

    I guess 5,978 lbs

  48. Christine says:

    My guess for 2011 is 7400 lbs

  49. The Herbal Hare says:

    I’m going to say 7,013 lbs of produce for this year. =) Happy New Year!

  50. Diane says:


  51. Kerry Grisham says:

    Thank you for your website & wise advice regarding gardening!
    I would like to submit a tally number of 7,773 pounds.

    May you all have a blessed, prosperous & healthy 2012!

    Kerry in ft wayne indiana

  52. Lynn D says:

    How inspiring. Wish could get sons to help more with garden.
    Will gues at 5898
    are we suppoesd to put an amount for eggs and jars also?
    Congrad on your great harvests! Will try putting in some more plants
    but seedlings of lettuce seemed to get eaten often.

  53. Wendy Delgado says:

    I’d like to submit my guess for the year end tally. I will submit 5846 #.Love what you all our doing. Thanks for encouraging us in your sharing of your lives. May God bless you all.



  54. Canadian Jane says:

    Just “discovered” your site this month…guessing 5678 lbs of produce.

  55. Frances Winslow says:

    5783!!! That’s my esteemed calculation!
    Best wishes for a Bountiful New Year!

  56. Chris Smith says:

    I’m guessing 5,840 lbs.
    Thanks & Happy New Year!

  57. Marcy says:

    My vote is 5618 lbs. Hope 2012 will be a great year!