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

Urban Agriculture Promotes Food Safety And Security

  • The United States Department of Agriculture reports that Victory Gardens produced an estimated nine to ten million tons of fruits and vegetables, more than 40% of the nation’s crop, through the nearly twenty million gardens planted in Americans’ backyards and instilled the art of canning into urban life.
  • Approximately every $1 invested in a garden yields $6 worth of fruits and vegetables.

Here on the homestead, we’ve surpassed last years harvest tally!  Even with the wacky weather and a few bug infestations.

September Harvest Totals

638 lbs Produce

9 Duck Eggs

85 Chicken Eggs


5,516 lbs Produce

131 lbs Honey

287 Duck Eggs

682 Chicken Eggs

Growing Your Own Groceries?

So who here’s a Tallier? Care to share y0ur garden harvest totals? Whether it’s just a handful or a couple hundred pounds – all helps towards reducing our food print!


  1. Linda says:

    With your encouragment, I am a tallier too! This is year 2 for me keeping track of produce grown. This month, I harvested 46 pounds of produce for a year to date total of 398 pounds. This is more than enough for my husband and I, plus a bit extra to share with friends as I have surplus. I’ve already surpassed my year total for last year (323) and have also passed my goal for this year: grow one pound of produce per square foot I’ve cultivated. As I have 375 square feet of garden, I think I may need another goal!

    Next year, my goal is the same guideline of 1 pound per square foot, but to include my two main growing seasons with the winter garden as well. That bumps my goal up to 600 pounds. With the help of my newly planted fruit trees, better succession planting and more focused growing (less experimentation, more things we know we love and that grow well) I think I’ll get to that pretty easily. Heck, if I can get successive carrot planting down, I could grow an easy 100 pounds of those over the course of the year! Love those carrots.

    Also, by years end I’ll have comparison numbers for what I’ve grown, what I’ve foraged from local trees (or has been given to me), and what I have bought. Right now, what I’ve grown is certainly winning 🙂

    Thanks for the post and for the encouragement!


    • Anais says:

      @Linda: Congrats, that’s awesome news, way to grow!

  2. Tamlynn says:

    I love tally day!

    September: 98 pounds of produce and 46 eggs.

    Since June 1, 2010: 256 lbs. 14 oz. of fruits and veggies, 181 eggs from a city lot and a community garden plot.

  3. Coop says:

    Curious to know… 85 chicken eggs from how many chickens?

    • Coop says:

      P.S. Do you have a suggestion as to where/who I could buy chickens here in the Altadena/Pasadena area? Thanks.

      • Anais says:

        @Coop: No local place that I know of or would suggest. Best thing, if you want chicks, is to wait till Spring and purchase from an online hatchery or check Craigs List or for local folks selling chickens.

    • Anais says:

      @Coop: We have 8 chickens but one is “retired” she’s over 9 years old (120 human years) 😉

  4. Ruth G says:

    I have kept a running total for the year, but neglected to distinguish by month, so all I have is a yearly total so far of 276.5 pounds of food. Thanks to a bumper tomato crop this year, we have surpassed last years total of 219.5 pounds already and this does not include a few heavy crops yet to be harvested (carrots and parsnips and the last of the beets) and not so heavy but still to be harvested peppers and hot peppers. I have also been keeping track of prices at our local Farmer’s Market (which I figured was the best comparison for our homegrown food) and so far what we have grown would have cost us $863.51!! Not bad for about a $75 investment in seeds and starter plants. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Suseon says:

    93 pounds for September with 535 pounds total for the year so far. Also harvested another 69 pounds of sweet potatoes today. Not bad for our second year growing on 1/10th of an acre! No eggs yet though, maybe next year. Thanks for the inspiration to keep tally, it has been interesting to see how much we can grow.

  6. PDX-Kevin says:

    425# of fruits/vegetables so far. Carrots, Greens, onions still in the ground and have hopes for more tomatoes before it’s all over.

  7. Momma Pajama says:

    My total for September is 40 lbs. 4 oz. My garden is in the front yard of my suburban Seattle home. It is a 125 sq. ft. garden in 5 beds.

  8. Pamela Yee says:

    Path to Freedom was our inspiration to start homesteading 3 years ago. Today we hit 1275 lbs so far for the year and for September we harvested 300 lbs. Our growing area is 1/10th of an acre and we’re zone 6 in New York’s Hudson Valley.

    Thanks to the Dervaes for their constant inspiration!

    • Anais says:

      @Pamela Yee: Great growing! Love the pics on your site, especially the tee shirt (*grin*)

  9. Lori says:

    Would you share your method of record keeping (both what the paper(s) look like, as well as the physical process you go through)? I’d like to keep much better records, but need a good method to do it. Thanks!

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