The monthly co-op pick up is today. I am hoping the olive oil order will be on that truck since I need to make some soap soon. The herbs are drying well (thanks to the nice warm weather) and will be using them to make some secondary products for ourselves and possibly for other homegrown economy efforts.

Hopefully at co-op pick up, there won’t be any shortages on chicken feed or grains like the last time. People were left without organic grains and chicken feed. Not wanting to be caught short, Jordanne’s been calling organic feed suppliers to see if she can’t get some bulk organic feed delivered for us and the other co-op members who have backyard flocks.

Growing Efforts

The garden’s growing through a summer transition – out go the broccoli, cabbage and other spring crops. Replaced by eggplant, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and more.

On the fruit front: figs are almost ripe, clusters of grapes hang from the vines, peaches and apricots are nearly ready for pickin’.

The heat is on! Temperatures will soar into the triple digits today and stay that way for the entire week. It’s going to be a long hot summer that’s for sure.

Trail Mix

Glad everyone liked the CNN piece – thanks for positive comments. For awhile there it was the third most emailed story! For most, we see this story just wet your appetite and want more and longer but with all such media stories they have been unsolicited so we really haven’t pitched ourselves. So if you want to see more than it’s really up to you.

News, as you know, is fleeting, but this urban homestead model and sustainable journey is worth keeping around for a lot longer than a few minutes don’t you think?

The journey that started back in late 60’s, early 70’s when Jules Dervaes asked a simple question “where does our food come from?” And the rest is …. well…. still happening.

Like the segment briefly touched on, long before this lifestyle was hip and people measured your color of green our family had/has been doing only what seemed practical – beekeeping, growing food, composting, learning back to basic skills, making do or doing without, living simply and trying to tread lightly. Nothing trendy about being practical – just common sense.

You’ve asked more from and of us, but first, we want to ask you if you can continue to keep this story of hope alive. If this video inspired you, take time to share this story with three or more and ask them to do the same.

CNN will be coming back this week (tomorrow actually) to do a story on our homebrewing biodiesel efforts. Having brewed our own biodiesel using free waste veggie oil since 2004 we are careful to say that biodiesel is only a “band-aid solution” to the worldwide fuel crisis. In fact, there are better and more sustainable transportation alternatives – drive less, use two feet or two wheels for that matter.

Our sustainable journey isn’t a static one and there’s no marked path to the future. Nobody and no situation is perfect. We do the best with what we have, where we are, right now – a journey that began with a single step…

and we are still walking.

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  1. Ken Kunst says:

    Anais:Nice overview of PTF philosophy and how it relates to living today. We are vulnerable to the grain producers, and we are dependent on a lot of outside inputs even if we are as self-sufficient as we can try to be. Maybe PTF can influence some grain growers in the outlying farm areas near urban L.A. (do they have any of those!!), to CSA or coop some deal for all the urban homesteaders out there. Now that grains can fetch good prices to small farmers, they might be interested in working with you and the many PTF “groopies” and it’s win-win.
    I liked the CNN piece, and of course it’s just sound-bite size, but they showed some good ideas in action.
    I think the best ideas to get across to “normal” Americans in these major media pieces, is that you have to sacrifice and work hard and do with LESS, and still lead a rich and meaningful existence. Most of the world is not as consumptive and selfish as we are, but if we’d all do with a little less, live more simply, work hard and with others, our little worlds and the bigger world can be a little better. Thanks for helping lead the way in the homegrown revolution.

  2. Tracie says:


    Ugh, this grain shortage is concerning. 🙁 It makes me worry about being able to feed my girls(hens) when I get them.

    Can you recommend a good book on organic chicken care? Also, do you vaccinate and/or medicate your chicks at all(I’m hoping I can avoid those things)?

    Btw, the CNN piece was great. I’ve been sending a link to your site to everyone I know… I hope to get more people on board with urban farming here in the city.

    Thanks 🙂

  3. Eileen G says:

    It was a great piece. I put the link on my blog so my family could catch it. I will test them on it soon! My mom and I discuss the shortages and she thinks the mainstream will soon catch on, that the rice shortages at the club stores got them thinking. We’ll see. My co-op delivery was short the wheat gluten that I use in my honey wheat bread. This makes two months in a row. I may have to buy it at the grocery store. gasp! I haven’t been there so far this month!! I’m going to dig around your site for information on your solar oven – I saw it in the CNN piece. I’m enjoying your site. You all have done such a good job.

  4. Anais says:

    Thanks all for the comments.


    You mean you were at the NELA co-op and didn’t say “HI!” 😉

    Hope to catch you next time.

    Here’s the link to the solar ovens


    Thanks for the positive comments.

  5. CanterburyGrove says:

    How do you make your soap? 🙂

  6. Eileen says:


    Yes was at the pick up but you were so busy with your checklist. I rushed through mine and had a bit of an error, my fault for not being more detailed. Okay, that’s me in the picture above (well, my backside)- pink top, denim skirt and two little boys. I had the boys who were collecting firewood. They’re so industrious. Thanks for the link on the solar oven.


  7. Sinfonian says:

    Drat, sorry to hear that broccoli is a spring crop. Mine’s still doing nada here in Seattle. Maybe during our “summer” it will grow.

    Just saw the CNN piece. Great footage and well produced. True enough that you’re hip now. Do you feel hip? Hehe. The more press you get the more people like me will more one step closer to becoming sustainable.

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