Bird’s eye view
You will not find Jessica Parker on this set, but we do have our own set of characters (vixens included) and enough daily dramas here on our urban homestead to be more than interesting.
And it’s a REAL reality show, not Hollywood manufactured. Located just a mile from the heart of downtown Pasadena, the Rose Bowl (visible in upper left photo), and two major freeways, our little 1/5 acre plot (66’x132’ft) but only 1/10 under cultivation) has produced over 3 tons (6,000 lbs) of food two years in a row. Looking at our tiny area from the air, it’s hard to imagine that such a small space could produce so much. Justin found these satellite images for the Sol Fest presentation (picture has to be from a winter’s day because there is no smog!).
Seeing these aerial shots was fascinating. We realize how small we are in the scope of the “big picture” (Just thought we’d share this with you readers.) If you look closely, you can also see the outline of the garden beds (and if you look even closer there’s Justin’s hand watering the tomatoes *grin*).
The urban homestead is on a completely opposite spectrum to the hustle and insanity that surrounds us. Thousands of cars and people zoom by on the freeway. A few blocks away, people stroll Old Towne in their latest threads, buying things they probably don’t need. We’re a whole different world; our triumphs and struggles are so far different from what the majority of Angelinos experience. It may surprise you but we live under a constant dictatorship!
I am quoting a student gardener from a CNN article “Gardening is not a democracy.” Well stated; he’s so right! We are ruled by nature and there isn’t much we can do about. This “tough love” dictatorship teaches us the valued lessons of patience and perseverance.
One hard lesson learned is that we aren’t in control and can’t vote to change the outcome.
Now, back to the picture. Zooming out farther from this isolated view, one sees America. Zooming even farther shows the entire world. We know that in that great big blue marble earth, there are fellow travelers and homesteaders, each scattered about on their isolated oasis, yet all connected in a common effort and spirit..