Well, 2009 is now one for the books.  With all the projects going on it took me awhile to get the final tally from Farmer J but now without further adieu our harvest weigh in for December and then for the year.

From our ~1/10 acre garden plot (less than 3900 sq. ft.) our December 2009 harvest weighs in at

Produce (fruits, veggies, herbs) 408 lbs
Eggs Chickens 20 Ducks 27

For the 2009 year, the combined tally of ~5,300 lbs produce (with addition  of edible flower/herb box sales) 937 chicken eggs  843 duck eggs

Pretty good considering 2009 was a year full of whacked out weather & bug infestations the likes we’ve never seen before (thanks to climate change),  in addition to our trips as urban homesteading ambassadors to Nevada City CA, Atlanta Georgia, Greece, Israel, Italy and India.

Micro Farm Report

What we are harvesting and planting now?

Being that it’s January we are surprised we are still harvesting tomatoes and loads of lima beans (which are a wonderful addition to our winter diet!)   Of course, the salad greens are coming along nicely – chards, lettuces, kales, etc are filling the raised beds like a colorful green carpet.

What are we planting?  Peas, onions, garlic, greens, root crops and brassicas but very soon our growing efforts will shift –  soon the soil block maker will come out and it will be time to plant for summer!

FreedomGardens.org Grows

Our social network, hit a milestone of over 6,000 members this month!

Growing for 21st century food security, FreedomGardens.org is an online social community of gardening enthusiasts who are fed up with foreign oil, frequent food miles and high food prices.

Jordanne informs me that she appreciates your patience and upgrades are coming soon but in the meantime thanks for being a part of this homegrown movement.

How did your 2009 growing season go?  Care to share your successes, failures and hopes for 2010.

As for us, well, we’ll be putting in the work but praying for a bountiful year.  This year, however, like to experiment with a few new plants.  Perhaps grow more grains like quinoa to supplement our poultry’s diet.  Or grow hops for beer — being that we are Belgian, brewing seems like a perfect fit.

Another challenge will be just to find space to do these experimental plantings.  We are pretty much maxed out and yet we’ve said this before but somehow we always do find space!

Oh and here’s another question for you – would you like to see us continue the FREEDOM HARVEST CHALLENGE? It’s up to you if you do.

Hi hoe, Hi hoe it’s off to work we grow!


  1. Deb says:

    yes! Please continue the tally!! It is such an amazing inspiration! You have no idea how powerful the numbers are!! (If it is not too much to ask.)

  2. John says:

    Yes, Please keep the Tally ‘Hoe’ Contest going

  3. Linda says:

    This year has been a miraculous one, as it was the first time I really tracked how much I grew. 332 pounds from my garden, through spider mite infestations and irrigation troubles, to an ever-expanding growing area. What a joy! What a learning experience! I can’t wait to keep doing it!

    I’ve kept a journal, which has allowed me to learn so much about timing of seeding/planting/watering/etc, and also about the vagaries of weather. Man, farmers have it rough! Me, I do this for fun (but do want some product at the end), and I’ve discovered that if I had to live on what I grow I’d be hard pressed to keep myself fed.

    I will participate in another year of Freedom Harvest Challenge, and happily – AND enjoy reading your own blog about what you are growing and learning, too!

  4. Renee says:

    I see you are keeping the challenge. (I saw that Justin posted January 2010 over at Freedom Gardens.) I didn’t do a very good job of keeping track of my produce but plan to start early and get things in order so that I can do a better job of keeping track this next year. My dad (who is not on the internet) gardened this year and kept track of his produce because I told him of the challenge you were doing. I never reported his tally. It was just over 2,000 pounds. It’s fun looking at his journal. You do a wonderful job of keeping us informed. God bless! Renee

  5. Christina says:

    I would love to be a part of the Freedom Harvest Challenge this year, and keep a tally of what I harvest here.
    Your site and bog are a huge inspiration, and I get a lot of good ideas here, especially throgh the blog and through photos. Thanks for all you do!

  6. chelly says:

    I LOVE your blog!
    I was really interested in living a low impact life until I saw spencer and heidi (speidi) on alex jones.
    What are your opinions on climate change and the supposed new world order?

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