I hope things will calm down soon so I can get back to posting pics and happenings here on the urban homestead.  I have so many pictures that are just waiting in queue!   The duckies are just about grown up and feathered, the garden’s in transition and the front porch farm stand is hopping!

I know this post may look rather boring and repetitive but don’t know how else to tell ya’ll about all the goings on.   You might find a gem!

Here’s another round up of highlights from our sister sites and newsbytes

2011 Urban Homesteading Calendars are IN STOCK and are being shipped out. Don’t forget to order yours early to receive Free S & H I think you are really going to enjoy the pictures in this one!

For our “down-under” contingent of readers:

Dateline on Australian SBS,  September 12 (8:30 PM) will be airing FUTURE FEAR

Video journalist David Brill  has been to meet the Kramer family in California, who’ve already bought space in an underground shelter, ready for the ‘cataclysmic disaster’ they believe could happen when a ‘galactic alignment’ takes place in 2012.

He also meets shelter owner, Robert Vicino, whose website counts down the seconds to the end of the world, and offers space in his hotel-style solution to survival for tens of thousands of dollars per person.

Others are approaching the future differently, believing the biggest threats we’re facing are problems that we’ve caused ourselves. Richard Heinberg is one of the world’s foremost peak oil experts, who warns that we’re addicted to fossil fuels and must adapt before they run out.

David takes us to a Los Angeles suburb to meet the Dervaes family of so-called ‘urban homesteaders’. They’ve already adapted and are living self-sufficiently and almost entirely off-grid.

But are they all being over cautious, or will the rest of us be under prepared?

and our Kiwi counterparts have written up a nice little piece called TROWEL POWER

The hour of the trowel has come. Jules Dervaes is pioneering a revolution from his backyard that will change the way you feel about this humble tool and your own garden forever.

… My sister and brother in law were lucky enough to be there with 200 others on a chilly winter Sunday morning in New Brighton to meet the family and share their secrets. One particularly helpful gem from a morning buzzing with inspiration was to simply work with what you’ve got. We don’t all have the time and expertise of the Dervaeses, but we can start our own paths to self sufficiency today.  Read full article

Out & About at the Downtown LA Film & Food Fest For you local folks this Saturday Jules Dervaes will be a part of a Food Panel Discussion ( 3 PM)  afterwards there will be a screening of the award winning short film Homegrown Revolution ( 4 PM) Full event details

Jordanne’s been busy churning out some great little articles at Barnyards and Backyards.   The B & B site will be her platform for sharing all her knowledge of raising holistic and happy animals.  So you better head on over and read up and be a part of this wonderful community.

Justin over at Freedom Gardens is celebrating the brand new look and offering FREE Seed Giveaway(ends in Five Days, so better head on over there!)

Have a good weekend everyone.


  1. Heather H :) :) :) says:

    How fun is all t his…lots of exciting stuff. As far as I am concerned, you can never talk too much about the same stuff 🙂 🙂 🙂 I LOVE it…and I know I”ve mentioned this before…but part of my family comes from Pasadena..so there’s a personal connection there for me..that makes what you are doing so awesome 🙂 🙂 🙂 Do you have a blog button? I’d be happy to post that on my blog and tell more people about your site!!! Have a great weekend. Extra love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂

  2. Ayla says:

    Thanks for the tip re Dateline, have set it up to record!

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