It’s been an odd couple of days, shall I say why? Can you guess? It’s what’s been the single most talked about subject on this journal the whole year. If you guess “weather” you are correct.
We went from being hot, to overcast and damp to cool and windy in a matter of days. But as expected with this seesaw weather temperatures are going to bounce back up again. We are beginning to tired of the incessant flip flop weather pattern that we can’t seem to shake. What is Mother Nature trying to tell us I wonder?
Anyhow, weather aside the fall and winter garden is coming along nicely. And we are baaaack in business. Yes siree! After having to tell our clients that we couldn’t supply them with salad last month, this week our popular salad mix was ready to harvest and our clients were indeed thrilled. Not to mention we were happy too because it was getting a little scary there for a couple weeks when we had nothing to give to our clients and that meant no substantial income either.
‘HISTORY’ MEETS THE FUTURE
Sunday we spent a pleasant afternoon at the lovely Natural History Museum where PTF along with a few other local organization had a table and Farmer D was one of three guest speakers.
Slightly over 40 people attended the hour long presentation which included a pretty extensive power point that covered quite a few elements of the urban homestead. Everyone that I talked with had nothing but positive feedback so that was very nice to hear. Also LA36 was there to film the presentation and even the camera man was fired up after the presentation. The organizer for the Sustainable Sunday event commented that they would like to have PTF back again sometime! Even though these events are work for us,it’s great to see people’s eyes light up and get inspired. Hey, if we can do it, or DID IT, they there’s no reason that others can’t follow in our footsteps – and many, many, many are!
Farmer D gives a power point presentation about urban homesteading
PTF’s table full of first hand information
PTF (left) hangs out with the dinosaurs
Don’t forget if you missed this event, there are two others happening in the month of November.
Next week don’t miss some homegrown food, fellowship and fun at CICLE & PTF Harvest Celebration. Event is free and family friendly.
This is a perfect. must see documentary! Especially right before Thanksgiving.
DOING IT ALL?
Some readers asked how we do “everything” and how we keep things “organized”
Well, first off we don’t DO everything. The urban homestead still has unfinished projects (root cellar, tearing out the last of the concrete, finishing the back porch deck, compost toilet, etc) I on the other hand, with all the work, my crafty side suffers. And these last few months it’s suffered dreadfully. With a full workload, I’m not able to concentrate on my knitting or sewing. So you see, we don’t and can’t do everything. Something or some part of our life suffers.
As for organizing, well, I wish the well kept kitchen and pantry was true for other parts of the house. I’m not saying that it’s messy but we are lacking space – space for PTF tabling stuff, outreach, files, etc, etc. It’s getting a wee bit crowded.
What we find works with keeping things in semi organized state it “pick up or clean up as we go.” What this means if I’m sitting at my desk or walking through a room I pick up or tidy up as I go. Now, honest to say, I’m not always good at following such advice but it does work and keeps the house from going into a big pile of messy chaos. Another rule is “put things back in place.” If you use something from the cupboards or drawers it’s a good habit put it back. That way you keep your home uncluttered because everything should have a place.
When you operate an urban homestead I would say the number one thing is organization. Organization makes urban homesteading easier and with tidy yard and home it truly makes for a wonderful life.
On the empty fridge which sent some of our readers into a tissy. The fridge is pimarirly used for business – keeping the picked produce cold until our clients or we deliver. The empty fridge was showing the LACK of processed or package food that we purchase sans our clients orders. Ya’ll can calm down now. 😉