I know it’s a bit overdue (thanks to busy & rough start to the new year) and, honestly, I was putting it off because I am having a really BAD case of writer’s block…. but here it goes!
Jordanne (Ellie Mae) revamped our two social networks, Freedom Gardens and launched Backyards & Barnyards and did get around to organizing a lot of mess. Not to forget the launced her super amazing Natural Poultry Supplement Mix which is receiving rave reviews!
As for me (Granny), the mountain of fabric and yarn still looms like a huge shadow but the craft-music room is coming along nicely. Not sure if I am talking less and listening more – guess I’ll have to ask my family & friends that.
The 7K bonanza harvest wasn’t the only highlight from 2010
We went back to Wild & Scenic located in the quaint mountain town of Nevada City and had a chance to meet our favorite author, John Robbins. Had a workshop at the Eco Farm conference in lovely grounds Asilomar (didn’t get to spend as much time on the beach as we’d like since it was soooo cold and rainy!). Not to mention numerous articles and video pieces which all were featured here on the blog – our favorite being the recent So Cal Connect piece , I am Los Angeles , Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, Sis and I were “Cover Girls” & with an article featured in this online magazine and I wrote about my home school experience for another
Our home made film “Homegrown Revolution” won many awards including : Best Environment & Ecology Film North America – Swansea International Film Festival, U.K.; Prize of the Mayor of the Capitol City of Slovakia – Ekotop Film Festival of Sustainable Development, Slovakia; Best Short Documentary – Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, Tennessee; Honorable Mention: Westpac Award Best Short Film – Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival, New Zealand. (You can purchase a DVD copy)
We traveled to back to the homestead in New Zealand where I was born (more pics and tales to come) and with our biggest turn out ever to a presentation on urban homesteading!
After the New Zealand trip: Other outreach opportunities included four university appearances by “Farmer D” and a presentation for a public school district’s student gardens fundraiser.
On the urban homestead
Keeping it real. As with any journey, we had our ups and downs.
The cycle of life continued, Though there were sad deaths there was new life with four additions to our flock. Our southern belles – Annalee, Lulu Belle, Beulah and Opal.
Long time customer, Elements, who featured our many of our homegrown items on his menu unceremoniously dumped us (having money issues) When one door closed, it opened up our produce to the public with the launch of the Front Porch Farm Stand featuring local foods and goods.
Weather continued to be a problem with a record heat wave in October & record rainfall in December
I dropped the ball on the Weekly Meal wrap ups (sorry readers) posts but I picked up guitar which I am enjoying relearning – well, except for the sore finger tips. Ouch!
There you have it! Some of the highlights of 2010, I know I just touched the tip of the ice berg otherwise I’d be here all day.
So what our plans/goals for 2011? That’s certainly a good question and a lot to digest …. we do know are going to have sadly terminate some projects because of the lack of support. It’s a bitter pill to swallow put sometimes you got to cut things that are weighing you down. I’m talking to myself here… have to keep saying that!
Also like to thank all of you readers who have supported us via donations or purchases from our online store. Not to mention all the wonderful letters, cards and emails. THANK YOU!
While I try to shake off a awful case writers block, if you are new or a lurker to this blog, this is a good time to swap howdies or better yet TELL US what your FAVORITE post(s) of 2010 were!
So pull up a chair and give us a holler ya hear and hope 2011 is off to a good start for you!