URBAN HOMESTEAD HAPPENINGS

Edible landscaping in front yard (basil, marigolds,peppers, calamondin)

Life Interrupted

To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult. — Plutarch

We had hoped to have a few outstanding sustainable projects finished this summer, but we were so busy with the bumper summer harvest and other little things that interrupted our plans.   However, we are still chopping slowly away at the ever growing “to do list.”   Progress is slow but there is some progress to speak of even though some day’s it’s hard to even spot.The new PTF website is coming along slower than expected.

We have a few tough decisions to make, since we aren’t compromising (yet) by putting ads on this site we are discussing if and what we should be cut – message board being on the table.   So far it’s been decided to remove the “Trail Guide” of Resources. Although these decisions are tough, we feel that they will make PTF more productive by concentrating only on a few sections – journal, photo gallery, etc.   Right now we are pulled into too many directions and we feel that we need to rid ourselves of the extra weight. It’s in our best interests (and our readers) to not be so tied down by the running of this website especially if it’s costing us time and money. By simplifying we feel that PTF website and outreach will be better than ever.

Anais demonstrates solar cooking

Sun Baked

Last week, we urban pioneers had to put on an alternative energy demo for some local kids. We thought it would be a nice to treat them to some solar baked cookies. When Jordanne bakes, she likes to make it worth her while and rightly so because her baked goodies are gone in a matter of hours. So she doubled the recipe to make about 6 dozen cookies to have enough to go around. All 72 cookies were baked in the 2 solar ovens we have in the backyard and they came out delicious. Of course we couldn’t bake them all at once, but planning the baking at the peak of the day (between 11 & 3) we were able to get batches in and out within 15 minutes of each other.    To me (us) sun baked or cooked goods taste much better than if they were baked in a traditional oven. It must have something to do with the slow cooking method I am sure.

Pomegranate Harvest

So far harvested nearly 70 lbs of fruit from the two small trees that grow in the animal’s enclosure (to keep them shaded in summer). Justin thinks there could be possibly another 40 lbs more. I know what I’ll be doing in the days/weeks ahead – preserving!   The pomegranate seeds are a wonderfully delicious addition to a freshly picked mixed green salad – yum.

:: Field Hand Appreciation :: LF $20, LM $30 & MS $15 donations gives us 50% of this year’s goal of 6,000 (pounds, er dollars) Thank you all for your generosity. We appreciate your support and are working hard to bring you a new improved PTF website sometime this fall. The new journal is going to be better than ever! Stay tuned.
MA writes:

Thank you for all your great inspiration. I keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers daily and wish all the best for you. Thank you again for the excellent solar cooker. We use it constantly, every chance we get, and the meals we’ve made have been just as good as I remember from our solar cooker we had when I was a kid. And many thanks for the excellent tote bags we purchased from you. I keep one in my backpack at all times so I can easily take the bus straight to the store or farmer’s market after work (I don’t own a car) and the bags have stood up to quite a bit of use and abuse and are still in perfect shape. They are such a hit at my house that I am planning to buy more as a household Christmas present (*what* was I thinking only buying 2 bags??)

Thank you MA for your support and positive comments. We are so glad you are enjoying your su ove. Interested in having your own solar cooker. You can purchase solar ovens and more from our online store
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The battle against body odour stinks for the planet {Globe & Mail}

We absorb just under five pounds of chemicals through our skin each year in the form of creams, lotions, sprays, deodorants and antiperspirants. And though the alleged link between aluminum-containing antiperspirants and Alzheimer’s has long been in the public consciousness, many of the so-called “natural” (supposedly chemical-free) deodorants are startlingly far from non-toxic. Terra Naturals’ Zemea, a corn-based aluminum- and petroleum-free deodorant launched this week, begs the question: Is it possible to obliterate body odour and be good to the planet?50Percentage of natural deodorants that contain petroleum-based propylene glycol – also known as antifreeze in 100-per-cent concentrations. It is extremely toxic to aquatic life.
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6 die from brain-eating amoeba in lakes {Yahool}

PHOENIX – It sounds like science fiction but it’s true: A killer amoeba living in lakes enters the body through the nose and attacks the brain where it feeds until you die. Even though encounters with the microscopic bug are extraordinarily rare, it’s killed six boys and young men this year. The spike in cases has health officials concerned, and they are predicting more cases in the future”This is a heat-loving amoeba. As water temperatures go up, it does better,” Beach said. “In future decades, as temperatures rise, we’d expect to see more cases.”
…Evans lives within eyesight of the lake. Temperatures hover in the triple digits all summer, and like almost everyone else in this desert region, the Evanses look to the lake to cool off. It was on David Evans’ birthday Sept. 8 that he brought Aaron, his other two children, and his parents to Lake Havasu. They ate sandwiches and spent a few hours splashing around. “For a week, everything was fine,” Evans said. Then Aaron got the headache that wouldn’t go away. At the hospital, doctors first suspected meningitis. Aaron was rushed to another hospital in Las Vegas.”He asked me at one time, ‘Can I die from this?'” David Evans said. “We said, ‘No, no.'” On Sept. 17, Aaron stopped breathing as his father held him in his arms. “He was brain dead,” Evans said. Only later did doctors and the CDC determine that the boy had been infected with Naegleria. “My kids won’t ever swim on Lake Havasu again,” he said.
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  1. Patty says:

    How awful for those children!

    I hope you don’t get rid of the message board, I’m one who frequents there and I find it so helpful. Thanks for all you’re doing.