Food is the center of our lives here on the urban homestead – we grow it, cook it and preserve it.  Our lives center on the change of seasons, good harvests and bad.  The fruits of our labor is reflected by what’s on our plates.

Talking with a friend the other day, he mentioned what if we got a few dollars for every time someone wanted a recipe we’d be able to cover our overhead of our growing outreach both in the community and online.

With that in mind, while continuing to keep this site free of ads (except our own), we were thinking of offering down loadable LHITC recipes for a small donation.

The other day Jordanne whipped up this nifty little template on the computer so we can be able to transfer our pages and pages of recipes, pictures and even include a few tips along the way.

Not only we will be sharing our recipes with you, but doing what should have been done a long time ago – put together all our favorite homesteading recipes in one place!

Perhaps in a few years time, we’ll have compiled a cookbook that can go alongside the Little House Cookbook that sits on our shelf here at the urban homestead.

So what do you say?  Would you be willing to pay per recipe to support this site?

:: Field Hand Appreciation :: LK $50, FM $10, CP $10  We are grateful for your support.


  1. Cena says:

    Yes, I’d pay for your recipes, absolutely. Even in this horrid economy I’ve been able to send $5 or $10 here and there to defray your costs because I get soooooo much from this site. I have read all the way back to the beginning of your blog and it was worth the price of a huge coffee table picture book. And the ongoing encouragement you give is priceless. Seeing what a real family is doing to grow their own food in this day and age without farmland is amazing. Seeing the pictures of what things really look like and the youtubes of you’all are incredibly instructive. Thank you, and God bless.

  2. Janet says:

    Great idea!

  3. Thy Hand says:

    I love this idea! I’m always looking for more recipe ideas that coincide with what is in season since that’s the way we cook. My favorite cookbook is Simply In Season ( We cook from it a lot. I’ll be happy to add your recipes to my list of places to look for in season recipes. Thanks!!

  4. Janice Engelberth says:

    I am not sure how this would work? Does one pay for each recipe that you look at, download, or what? Maybe pay a membership fee to access the site?

  5. Deanna says:

    I think you should be compensated for your efforts. I have been reading your log for a few years now and have benefited. It is worth a try. You have many great ideas.

  6. Michelle says:

    I wouldn’t pay for recipes…that’s just my honest opinion. There are so many free recipes on the internet that I just wouldn’t want to pay for any. But it seems as if I’m in the minority…which is good for you guys!

    As far as money goes…I wonder if you had a few more giveaways…without requiring a purchase first…if that might not draw more people to your store? Just an idea…generosity is always rewarded.

  7. Jed says:

    I am kinda along the lines with Michelle. There are plenty of recipes available online and I already own too many recipe books.

    Now, that being said, I belong to another online community where I pay an annual fee of $50 for my “Support Membership”. With that membership, I’m entitled to member only available information including videos and written material, discounts from vendors, etc.

    I have been listening to podcasts and following blogs for several years now and I personally support 4 sites at an annual cost of about $200. Lately, I have see a greater and greater need/call for reader/listener support for most sites offering free content and this seems only fair. But when I listen and read and follow probably 10-20 sites with regularity, the cost of supporting all is too much. So, who get’s or better yet, will get my own slowly diminishing funds to help continue their efforts?

    The sites I look to support will have to, unfortunately, not only be sites whose causes I believe in but ones that actually give me something in return. This isn’t being selfish, just, well, necessarily frugal.

    Long story made a little longer, I’d join you for $50 a year or so annual fee and in return, you give me access to recipes, video’s or pdf’s on how you make those wonderful raised beds, etc, etc.

    Sorry so long and I have purchased seeds from you as a simple show of support in the past.

    your verbally supportive friend,


  8. Elizabeth Weitzel says:

    Please do! I love the idea! Your website is on my top reads and I often wonder how you make some of the things you do (like skillet granola, sounds yummy). The bread is going to be my first request though. I have a very active sourdough mother that I’m successful in keeping active and healthy, but fail in making nice round puffy loaves. Between different recipes I try they either end up like bubbly flatbread or rock hard bricks. I really wish I had an old German Grandma to give me advice! 😉

    I also agree with Jed, if you had a subscription service as well that had videos and recipes… might be a good idea as well.

    Cheers and keep on inspiring!!
    -E. Weitzel

  9. Greenie says:

    I’ve been wanting your skillet granola recipe for a long time. I’d definitely be willing to pay for it. I don’t know that I’d buy a whole cookbook, but if I can pick and choose what recipes I buy, I’d be all for it. I think it’s a great idea.

  10. Paul Kobulnicky says:

    I’m just not sure it is currently a viable business model. There just too much available on-line and in libraries. Personally, I have more seasonable recipes than I can shake a stick at.

    Love your approach to living though. We try to do the same in our house even with Ohio vs California growing seasons.

  11. Carmen says:

    I think it is a great idea and I would definetely pay for some of your recipes as well, they look delicious.

  12. Stacy says:

    Yes! Been waiting for something like this for ages. 😉

  13. Bob says:

    Just a thought you pick and choose who you sell your produce to,why not PICK and choose a few good advertisers .
    you advertise events and others ( speakers, books etc. for free ) try a couple of quality advertisers . You have a successful blog and site So

    “Waste Not Want Not”

    that is from Will Rogers, Ben Franklin or the Bible

    Another idea give away a recipe download with a seed purchase or peddler wagon purchase
    I bought seeds and was impressed how quickly I received them .If i got a credit for a recipe download for every three packs it might spur more sales or “somethin”

  14. Carmen says:

    I am aso wondering can you offer gardening tips as well, I am starting a veggie garden myself and would love it if you guys offered gardening tips for a price maybe, also how about making a book, I would definentely buy it.

  15. Michele says:

    I love your guidance and follow your blog regularly. I cannot afford a yearly membership to your site as suggested elsewhere in the comments, but I would be willing to pay a reasonable amount for your original recipes. I would be concerned for your sake if you are charging for someone else’s recipes, or rather I think the creator of the recipe might have an issue with it.

    You might be able to develop this idea beyond your recipes though. If you were to take your wealth of data your have collected on your homestead and were to compile them into “info sheets” or “how to DIY” downloadable PDFs you could then sell these sheets for a price. (ex. How we keep bees, How to use a cob oven, Biodiesel Basics, Rotating Crops to maximize yields, Growing UP and using vertical growing space in the garden, Compost 1-2-3, etc….)

    The data and ideas are yours so there would not be a copyright issue. You probably have all of this knowledge in your notebooks or in your knowledge base. The PDF format is easy and the program to open then is free on the internet.

    For all of us beginners in this journey, not only would I pay for your knowledge and experience but your lessons learned along the way. You could just have people enter a credit card or paypal account to access the PDF.

    Just a thought. I’m cheering for your success though!!

  16. Robert Lindsay says:

    Dervaes, not sure if the recipe would work however, you should definetly write a book about how to turn your house into a urban homestead. You guys are a whealth of information, and being honest I wouldn’t mind to pay 5,10 dollars, for a mini book. a twenty page book about bee keeping, a minibook about organic fertilizer, etc….put some pictures but most important, put details on how things should be done. It has cost me hundreds of dollars and many hours just to learn how to start seeds. Making good compost still a challenge for me and I have been trying for 3 years.

    Your side is an inspiration and I have grown so much spiritually, now you can help some of us grow physically by providing tools such as the one mention above.

    Keep up the good work, dont give up, but most important thank you for helping me discover the passion of my life.

  17. mamabird says:

    I am all for a yearly fee. I would love to see the recipes and loads of tips on raised beds. I am planning on starting my first raised beds this year. And I would love ideas on them. Also, the pictures of your meals always makes me hungry lol. I would love to try them out myself.

  18. Michelle (GardeningMichelle) says:

    I’d definitely pay a yearly fee for a member’s-only section that has recipes and how-to’s. This will be my second year with raised beds and I’m dying to know what your pea cages look like, how many go into a raised box, what they’re made out of etc. How did you get the apples strung along a fence line. I’d most certainly pay for that info. Can’t think of a more worthy cause 🙂

  19. doe says:

    Yes! I have paid a dollar for individual recipes and would love to have some of yours. It makes good business sense. You already have the store, the recipes, and the pictures. Why not you or Jordann put them together and offer them. To me it’s like offering another product in the store, this one is all your’s. Also fact sheets, DIY plans, and homestead hints would be added products that are more easily put together than a whole book and can be added to the store a few or even one at the time. Each one you put together is another page in your future book Little Homestead in the City. I’ll buy that too when it’s finished.

  20. Brigitte says:

    I don’t know about this. Maybe you could ask for a membership, if you have one you are able to visit some pages with recipes etc. and if you choose for a free visit, then other pages are available?

  21. Radhika says:

    To the gorgeous Dervaes family,

    I love your idea! Having read the comments above, although they are great suggestions, I think it wise to keep it simple! I would gladly pay $5 – $10 for your scrummy VEGETARIAN recipes.

    I think the world needs more tried and true vegetarian recipes. Especially ones that use what is in season, and that are easily grown in the garden. 🙂


    Victoria, Australia

  22. Ann says:

    I would also be willing to pay a yearly subscription for access to the recipes. I think it would be too much to have a separate transaction for each recipe I wanted. I love your site and have been following you for a couple years now and I look forward to reading your journal daily.

  23. judy says:

    I love all the above comments too. I agree with the poor business model idea. I think you could have two good approaches:
    One would be to have advertisers on your websites that are the same as the products you sell. You are then endorsing the products you sell as well as giving these companies an opportunity to share customers.
    The other idea is to get a recipe book published. I know any publisher would be happy to help you in getting a small book of recipes published and it would be a path to perhaps later publishing some of the many important ideas on this site. This would also expose your site and ideas to many more readers, as well as generate an income stream.

  24. Maureen says:

    There are SO many wonderful garden and homesteading sites that we glean all kinds of info and recipes from for free that personally I couldn’t justify this kind of hit to our budget. We have bought things from your store and purchased seeds so it’s not like we don’t want to support you guys, but paying for individual recipes seems a bit much. Sorry.

  25. theherbalkitty says:

    I would be willing to pay an annual fee for .pdf files on how-to and also recipes. However, in addition to paypal and credit cards, as with Peddler’s Wagon, if you decide to go this route, please provide the option to pay by check or money order. While the paper and envelope may not be eco-friendly, some of us don’t trust putting personal info on the Internet (i.e. credit card info or even paypal…). Thanks!

  26. Karen T. says:

    I think its important to make sure your fees are modest because there are many people that need this information and they make skip on it because of the fees. I would pay $5 but no more than $10. This country is so varied on what is reasonable but I belive California is much higher than other states expense wise.

  27. Karen T. says:

    Sorry but forgot to mention I probably wouldn’t pay for individual recipes but would pay a one time fee to access information such as that. I am already on tons of frugal and homesteading boards where alot of that information is free!

  28. Mike says:

    One of the thing that attracted me to the Dervaes Family was the fact that you are not commercial. I really hate those websites where you have to jump through all of those hoops to get supposedly free information. Other than your true commercial enterprises (“Peddlers Wagon”, “Freedom Seeds”,etc.) your outreach efforts are supported by DONATATIONS.

    Once you cross the line and start demanding money for your information rather than asking for donations you will be loosing support. I believe that more people support you’re efforts than are willing or able to pay for it.

    Keep it on a DONATION level. Pay attention to Jules and keep it free of commercialism, he’s a lot wiser than you know. The pesuit of the ALL MIGHTY DOLLAR has be the downfall of many.


  29. allie says:

    I like the idea of putting together a cookbook and selling it in your store. I don’t know about business models- I’m just a stay at home , homeschooling mom; but I know what is helpful. Other info on how you do things,either in a book or pdf would be great!! Thing is…All these wonderful suggestions take quite a bit of TIME and you’ll have to figure out if it’s worth it according to your own goals and priorities.
    Thank you for all the help you have been to me and others like me who are trying to do our own part!

  30. Julie says:

    I’ve been following your website for a couple years, at least. Your family and way of living has been and still is a great encouragement to me.

    I see articles about your family and/or metnions of your family pop up all over! Different media outlets, websites, etc. I know that you did the film, but I definitely believe that a book is a must…. and should be done soon while there is so much interest (not saying that interest will go away but you never know. strike while the iron is hot I say…). The book would surely be a success! Not only could it be a narrative about your family’s story and the development of your little homestead but it could also include recipes, gardening/permeculture tips, additional resources, etc. I think that a book would be much more helpful to your “fans” and would be much more profitable.

  31. Julie says:

    I wanted to add… in regards to food/recipes….

    I’m not a vegetarian by any means and have no desire to become one. LOL. That said, I love fruits and veggies, prefer to eat/cook in-season and want to start focusing my meals more on the fresh produce/veggies than just meat and a little veggie side. I think it’s much healthier, to say the least. But most Americans I know don’t eat like this. Their idea (and mine too until now) is to just open a can of ___ (whatever veggie) or throw together a practically useless iceberg lettuce side salad and call that well-rounded meal. LOL. Your pictures of meals always look so colorful and yummy. So my point is that your recipes would be great for those of us who may not be or want to become vegetarians but who want to incorporate more veggies into our meals and have more of a healthy variety rather than just something from a can.

    I hope that is encouraging in regards to sharing your recipes in one form or another (again, my vote is a book!)

  32. jefra says:

    tell me where to sign and i’m there! you guys are my heros and i’d love to pay to learn what you know – especially recipes. thank you so much!

  33. Karolin says:

    Yes, pay per grouping or per recipe, no problem. Very interested in how you keep you produce, canning, preserving?

  34. Annie says:

    I’m not in a position (currently a single mother of two getting welfare assistance whilst I study at college) to pay much.
    But would be very willing to pay for a book in print, with recipes, how to sections (ESP hand blenders etc).
    I’m trying to make a better life for me and my children and would love to try some of your ideas on a scale that works for us (we just got an allotment for £1 a week Yay !). But need some instructions.
    Maybe one or two freebie recipes of popular favourites then a book ?

  35. maneston odige says:

    Baked Potato Soup

    4 baking potatoes (about 2 ½ lbs) I use butter golds
    2/3 cups all purpose flour
    6 cups 2% milk (I use 5 cups skim and 1 cup buttermilk)
    1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese ( I usually mix ½ jalapeno jack and ½ cheddar) depends on if you want it spicy
    1 tsp salt
    ½ tsp black pepper ( I also add 1/4 tsp cayenne)
    1 cup sour cream
    3/4 cups chopped green onions, divided
    6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Cut potatoes in half, spray with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender. Cool potatoes, coarsely mash. I leave some of the skins on (recipe says to discard) but not sure which is best for restaurant. Try without first.
    3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a large dutch oven; gradually add milk’ stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium herat until thick and bubbly ( about 8 minutes). Add mashed potatoes, 3/4 cups cheese, salt and pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat.
    4. Stir in sour cream and ½ cup onions. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Sprinkle each serving with cheese, onions, and bacon. Yield: 8 servings (about 1 ½ cups each)

    freebie from and TRIKES INN llc. i also have a dream of owning ab bakery that would feed millions also help millions trikes inn is inventional park with history of the world .
    i have thousands recipes just like this one.

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