Summer harvest

Growing Closer to Home – An Urban Homesteaders Diet

After a brief absence, back to posting our daily meals. Enjoy.

B – Buckwheat pancakes made with homegrown duck eggs, raw milk served with
homegrown peaches
D – homemade w.w. tortillas served with homemade spanish rice (homegrown
peppers, green onions, tomatoes) and sauteed homegrown peppers


B – homemade granola
L – leftovers from Saturday dinner
D – homegrown avocado and tomato sandwich


B – homemade peach crisp made with homegrown peaches
L – leftover homemade spaghetti sauce (hg peppers, tomatoes, basil, oregano,
green onions) with w.w. spaghetti and homegrown tomato salad
D – omelet made with homegrown duck eggs, tomatoes, peppers, green onions,


B – homemade peach crisp made with homegrown peaches
L – fig quesadillas made with homegrown figs, peppers, tomatoes and homemade w.w.
D – organic mac & cheese served with raw homegrown peppers and tomatoes


B – homemade peach crisp made with homegrown peaches
L – pizza topped with homegrown peppers, tomatoes, green onions and basil
D – sun-cooked long grain brown rice with homegrown green beans, peppers,
tomatoes, green onions, and scarlet runner beans


B – homemade peach crisp made with homegrown peaches
L – homegrown fried green tomatoes with homegrown lima beans
D – pizza topped with homegrown tomatoes, peppers, green onions and basil with
homegrown green beans served with homemade lemon butter (homegrown lemon thyme,
chives, lemon)


B – homemade granola with homegrown peaches
L – homemade w.w. tortilla served with homegrown avocado, peppers and tomatoes
D – homemade bread, homegrown heirloom tomato salad with homegrown basil, w.w.
spaghetti served with homemade sauce (homegrown tomatoes, peppers, green onions
and basil):: Snacks :: This week we enjoyed local backyard oranges dropped off by a friend. Thanks J! The oranges were delicious.

Jules working in the garden

How Does Our Garden Grow

Summer’s bounty keeps on producing here on the urban homestead. More delicious French beans, squash, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, peaches, basil, figs, avocados and much more!

Thankfully it’s cooled down, back to typical So Cal weather pattern (desert like cool nights and crisp mornings) – even slightly overcast. What a wonderful relief from the oppressive humidity. The cooler temps should help the fall crops like peas and salad greens.


As an energy-saver, the clothesline makes a comeback {CSMonitor}

A ‘Right to Dry’ movement is growing, with some states introducing legislation to override clothesline bans.
At last count, in 2005, there were 88 million dryers in the US, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Annually, these dryers consume 1,079 kilowatt hours of energy per household, creating 2,224 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions. Besides the global-warming and cost-saving aspects of clotheslines, proponents say hanging out clothes requires exercise and time outside – elements that are missing from many Americans’ lives. “So much of our lives have become automated,” Mr. Wentzell says. Plus, using a clothesline makes “your clothes last longer and smell better.”
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:: One Step :: Proud to say that we’ve reduced our carbon footprint by never owning a dryer, have been hanging out to dry for over 30 years now.

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Altar Call for True Believers {Orion}

Are we being change, or are we just talking about change?WE CHOIR MEMBERS ARE WELL-EDUCATED. We’ve read Field Notes from a Catastrophe and The Long Emergency and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. But are we committed enough to really make change? Are we part of being change, or are we just talking about change? Do we consider every decision we make? Do we analyze our own impact and work to decrease it, day by day? Do we continually strive to get by with less? Or are we, too, alongside the unenlightened multitudes, living in denial, turning our heads from the true consequences of our actions? Are we still living safely, properly? Are we unwilling to give up our memberships? Are we unwilling to look different, to act different, to stand behind our beliefs even if we might be considered eccentric or even losers by the dominant culture? Are we granting ourselves exemptions? Do we justify harmful actions because they’re done on behalf of the Earth? Or worse, do we justify them because we think we’re already doing enough?
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Horse Power {Orion}

A practical suggestion that would transform the way we liveThe reasons most frequently given for converting to tractor power were the cost of feed, convenience, and ease. But more likely it was simply the ethos of the age. Social philosopher Lewis Mumford wrote in 1933 of the “religion” of the machine, which for two centuries had driven society “toward mechanical development without regard for the actual outcome of the development in human relations themselves.”
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  1. gerry medland says:

    Another brilliant post!The article on ‘The Choir’is one of the best pieces of writing I have had the pleasure to digest in some time,thank you.

  2. Susan says:

    When I saw the last post about horses, at first I read the name of the source as Onion, so I thought it was going to be a joke story. I was so pleased instead to read a thoughtful exploration of how we have bought into the industrial ag. myth, and maybe how we can sell back out of it. Thank you

  3. Sara says:

    Ahhhhh, what a sweet, wonderful inspiring article in Orion. Thank you for linking to it. And thank you for your whole website and your lives and examples. I am happier now just reading it and sooooo looking forward to implementing some of your ideas here on my holding. Right now! See you later.
    Sara from north central Alabama