If we aren’t already busy enough the days just got busier. My day goes something like this (while others are similar if not busier than mine)
Wake up, eat, emails, tidy up, feed the animals, spring cleaning, work on e-newsletter, send out e-newsletter, lunch, help pack seeds, print more seed labels, sort seeds, work on compost power point presentation, emails, order some ollas, prepare for weekend events, contact volunteers, try to write a journal entry, answer phone calls, clean, help outside in the garden/yard, make a batch of fermented vegetables (kimchi), make a few phone calls, back to working on power point presentation, pick vegetables, clean kitchen, sort out canning jars, dinner, emails, help in the garden, feed animals, emails, power point presentation, check out some new recipes, watch PBS Little Dorrit, emails and then off to bed.
I know I missed a few things thereabout but you get the gist of how life is like these days. One of the most challenges we face here on the urban homestead is managing and organizing everything. Growing food is easy (well, considering), even persevering the harvest but when it comes to where to store all the stuff that is required to operate an urban homestead in such a small space is a challenge which we face every single day.
A few highlights to report before I move on to posting the ever popular Weekly Meal Wrap-up from last week, photos from our fermentation experience or more photos of the intensive micro farm. Not to mention highlights from the local foods roundtable discussion at Whole Foods last Saturday.
Of course, we have another big weekend coming up so can’t guarantee I’ll get to all the happenings before then but I will try.
HomeGrown Revolution (our little 15 min in-home production) is now available at WHOLE FOODS, Pasadena Arroyo Parkway for $19.99 In the meantime the Hasting Ranch WHOLE FOODS is making arrangements to also sell them at their store as well.
The Arroyo Parkways store is a BIG store (one of the largest Whole Foods stores in the West!) so just ask for Ashley.
Now, we were a little taken aback (very surprised actually) by their request but of course accommodated them in their efforts to make local connections in the community. However, because we are burning and printing the DVD ourselves not sure if we can continue to do EVERYTHING ourselves.
Save the Dates and Spread the Word
Lots of events happening this month, so take note and mark the dates on your calendar.
Saturday, April 18 (NEW YORK) join Jay & Molly for Earth Day celebrations from 10 am – 5 pm
at 4 PM there will be screening HOMEGROWN by Robert Mcfalls at
THE ASHOKAN CENTER
477 Beaverkill Road
Olivebridge, NY 12461
Saturday, April 18 (PASADENA) Composting Solutions for the Urban Homestead presented by Jules Dervaes (10 am – 11 am) Smith & Hawkens 519 S Lake Ave
FREE but space is limited so call the store to reserve
Sunday, April 19 (UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, HOLLYWOOD) Eco Fair this Sunday (10 am – 4 pm)
FREE and fun for the entire family. PTF and Freedom Gardens will be tabling with an array of hands on demos – solar ovens, soil blocks, ollas, bike blender and more!
Monday, April 20 (SANTA MONICA, CA) Urban Homesteading: Self reliance living in the city presentation by Jules Dervaes at the Santa Monica Library 601 Santa Monica Blvd ( 7pm -9pm)
Presentation is FREE
Saturday, April 25 (MEMORIAL PARK, PASADENA) Greening the Earth Day – PTF and Freedom Gardens will be tabling and there to answers your questions about growing food, using solar, urban homesteading and much more! (10 am – 4pm)
Event is FREE
Sunday, April 26 (DOWNTOWN CLAREMONT, CA) Sustainable Claremont Earth Day Along 2nd St, in the Plaza, and at the Packing House.
Urban Homesteading: Self reliance living in the city presentation by Jules Dervaes at 12:45 NOON in New Village Square
Event is FREE
Sunday, April 26 (PASADENA, CA) And last but not least don’t forget to reserve your space for our upcoming Film & Food Night. We’ll be screening a new documentary just released titled FOOD MATTERS.
The event includes a local foods potluck, Freedom Gardens swap and meetup.
Also our resident goats Blackberry & Fairlight will be on hand for petting. The love to be scratched on their heads and haunches.
Hope to see you at one of these venues. Tell your friends, spread the word – let’s make every day earth day!
Oh and don’t forget to support out efforts through the purchase of safe, secure seeds from FreedomSeeds.org
Whew, then perhaps we can catch our breaths after this! But then I am not so sure. There’s still some happenings behind the scenes so stay tuned!