project number 5 down 5 more to go….

Ta Da!

We finally did it, we finally did it. We finally did it… we fin…. Ok enough of repeating that mantra. We pulled off moving seven years worth of postings onto a new platform. Dear oh dear that was a such a mega job. A huge thank you to M who generously gave of his time and effort to help with the move (expect something in the mail soon compliments of Peddlers Wagon). Without his help, I would have still been taking out the html coding, developing some major cause of tendonitis and going grey.

Also thank you to all those who have supported PTF through positive and encouraging comments, generous donations and purchase from our new online store. Your support is greatly appreciated and is helping us grow the future….

So, what do you think? All us urban homesteaders are happy over the new look and yes that’s right there are finally categories! Yippee. With the snazzy new design and better platform expect better and more frequent postings from all us urban homesteaders. No longer will you have to tolerate my choppy sometimes longwinded postings, in join my fellow urban homestead comrades who will bring new dimension and reflections about urban homesteading. Huzza.

Oh and lookie here we even have a Facebook page! Ok I have to admit I am too enjoying all the new snazzy features webmisstress extraordinaire, Jordanne has given to the journal. And a list of all the urban homestead “citfied farm animal characters” is such a fun element.

Of course some design/features elements weren’t finished but we couldn’t hold off relaunch any longer. The picture of the front of house/garden is temporary holding space till we around to a graphic design we have in mind (cityscape with urban homestead elements with the “Little Homestead in the City” as title). Besides some design elements, there’s also a search feature, “steps taken/current trails” listings and some plug-ins that we are waiting on….. But more importantly seven years worth of journal posts are now categorized and can easily be referred.

Otherwise, please excuse all the glitches — things will be worked out over time.

I am so thrilled over the new journal being launched, I don’t know about you, but I may celebrate and take some time away from the computer and tackle that pile of laundry in the hamper in my room, fold pile of clean clothes at the foot of the bed, sort out my yarn and find my ufo (unfinished objects) and so forth. Well, actually I won’t be gone for that long. I’ll be back to posting soon enough.

Lots of new, exciting plans in the works– God willing. We are going through some major growth spurts this year as many of our longtime readers know.

We hope you are just as pleased as we are about the new journal, feel free to comment since I know many of our readers and those who have been with us since 2001 have so patiently waited ( and supported) as we worked a long time for this day. Since 2001, PTF has been leading the way to revolutionize the urban landscape in our own backyard.

Path to Freedom’s “Little Homestead in the City” link(s) are:


Please update your bookmarks and blogrolls.

P.S. You may notice we now have “ads” (gasp!) but it’s not that we’ve given up our principles in keeping this site ad free. If you look closer , you’ll notice that this “ad” is none other than an advertisement for PTF’s online eco store.

Whether PTF should include more “outside” ads, affiliates or sponsor ads are very much a hot button debate issue in our family. Since many readers said they wouldn’t mind ads, what a better way to “have ads” on this site to advertise none other than PTF’s very own online store?

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  1. Lee says:

    Love the new site! I was presently surprised to see a new page reload this morning when I hit F5! I’m looking forward to browsing all the categories and see what interesting stuff I’ve missed prior to my finding your site a year ago! Thanks for all the hard work, it sure looks great!

  2. esp says:

    What a wonderful surprise this morning! The new layout looks great. All the categories will help make browsing the journal archives much easier. The Grow the Future graphic is lovely.

    Your hard work is appreciated.

  3. Truffula Tuft says:

    Congratulations! It looks really good and easy to navigate. Love the new names too.

    Jennifer in Asheville

  4. Debbie says:

    The new look is great. It’s definitely worth all the hard work that you’ve put in. Thanks a bunch.

  5. DF says:

    I was so surprised to see the new site this morning! I love it!! Especially the images of the Urban Homesteaders and the Cast of Characters!! Thank you for all your hard work!!

  6. Jenn says:

    I love the new look!! Great work!

  7. Britta says:

    I love the new layout! Great job!

  8. Paul Taylor says:

    Love it!!!! You Guys and Gals are AWESOME !!!!!

  9. Lucy says:

    YIPEE! Great job, folks. What a great surprise for first thing in the morning! I look forward to browsing the categories. (Not that I haven’t read all of the archives several times before, anyway . . .)

    By the way, I love the running harvest tally.

  10. Rachel says:

    Wow! What a surprise this morning to see the new layout! I love it. Thanks beyond words for all the inspiration and information.

  11. Carla says:

    Very nice job on the new website! Very user friendly, and I love the categories too!

    Keep up the great work! It matters… eternally…

    Carla Klimuk

  12. Claire Splan says:

    Looks fantastic! Obviously, a lot of work went into this and it shows!

  13. Jason says:

    Congratulations! the new site looks awesome! I cant wait to see more!

  14. Val says:

    It looks great!!!!

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  16. Mia says:

    Yeah! Wow, it looks great! I can’t wait to try out all the new features. I know you all are thrilled, as you should be, about finally getting it up and running.

  17. Meg says:

    Oh WOW!!!! It looks awesome! Great work, you guys!!!

  18. Rose says:

    WOW! What a great way to start a day, full of surprises. Take a break, you deserve it.

  19. Melissa says:

    great job! beautiful layout and very useful to have categories. your hard work has paid off.

  20. Meryl says:

    Congratulations guys! Sounds like a mammoth effort. Just one thing, my RSS feed link for you doesn’t seem to be working. The actual message when I click on the RSS button is

    Safari can’t open the page “feed://urbanhomestead.org/journal/feed/” because it could not load any data from this location.

    It was working fine before.

  21. WeekendFarmer (Hafiz) says:

    great surprise this morning : )

    Not sure if you have space…but have you considered a B&B idea? I am sure people will be thrilled at the opportunity to come and stay in such an exciting setting. I would love to bring my wife and come visit.

    All the best with the new site…Love it.

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