Guess with all the folks buzzing about “how excited they were to see us” on
Figure, it’s about time we put our two cents in.
Actually, none of our family has even watched the entire “You’re Cut Off: The Allure of Manure episode” piece that aired Monday, but friends and folks are commenting & adding their thoughts about the piece. So far, the reviews have been positive. Of course, there has been some snarky comments on the net about our hygiene and shoes, or rather, the lack of.
Living in the most media concentrated cities on the planet, you never know who’s going to call. We go about our business and, sometimes, out of the blue, some network calls/emails us. For various reasons, we turn down more than half of the media requests we do get. Last fall we were approached by a “Reality” TV show to be a location shoot for an episode about a bunch of “spoiled rich girls” roughing it. Of course, we aren’t too keen on “Reality” TV shows – as they usually are far from even being REAL. Heck, we don’t really watch TV, and have our hands full with our own life. Certainly, we were leery ( values are important) but, from what the producers said, they wanted the girls to experience farm life and we certainly have a farm life here in the city. Plus, they were going to pay us. Cash, really? Sweet! This is the FIRST time we’ve been paid for being on TV. Donations are at an all time low, so we thought this would certainly help pay for the monthly web hosting fees and keep this site going and ad free for another year. Yeah, guess you could say we did it for the money, because we did. Money that went into the non profit bank account that funds all of our ‘free’ websites and outreach.
We made sure to meet with the producers before the filming to go over our questions, making sure there wasn’t going to be any “funny business.” They alleviated our concerns, and it was simply a day in the life on an urban micro farm. All they wanted the girls to do was step in our shoes for the day – that was easy enough and finding something for them do wouldn’t be hard.
The filming day came and, boy, what a crew (here’s some “behind the scene” pics)! Everyone commented how beautiful and peaceful the homestead was. And they sure did film a whole lot of stuff. Justin, Jordanne & I each had a group of girls to “mentor” for the day. Unfortunately, they left a bunch of the stuff that happened on the urban homestead on the cutting room floor… like canning, biodiesel, doing laundry, operating front porch farm stand and bartering for goods for our dinner didn’t even make the cut (I would have like to seen all that since I spent most of my time in the back yard with my group of girls).
You can see from the first scene, the apprehension on the girls (and our faces!) about the whole thing. But in the end, everyone and everything went quite well and believe it or not, the girls actually did get some nice work done. Thanks, ladies! One of the film crew commented after filming that this was the first time where all of the girls “acted normal.” No drama really, just some good old fashion work all in good fun. The group of girls I had (Marcy & Aimee), had a fun time in the kitchen. Yammering away about shoes (no shoes), movies and exchanging beauty tips, they both were fun and witty to work with.
Of course, the goat on the loose gave us quite a scare. I didn’t think they realized that the front driveway gate was open, when our Fairlight (aka “Peaches” is her nickname) got excited by all the action and made a run for it (this clip made it on TV Replay “Marcy Can’t Corral A Goat”) . I’m left wondering if the gate was left open on purpose…. For the DRAMA!!!! Guess my goat tackle will live in TV infamy. Thankfully, there wasn’t any traffic. Now, that could have been ugly.
Dinner in the back yard was the most lively –everyone was chatting, laughing and having fun. Wish they had showed more of the goings on there of our making pizza in the cob oven with topping fresh from the garden, along with hand cranking some homemade strawberry ice cream and bartering with our friends for some home brewed beer.
Special thanks to all of our friends who helped us out and were good sports to put up with everything.
Oh, and if you so care to choose to watch the episode , remember “Reality TV” is not really Real.
I keep teasing her on Facebook asking “Who Let the Goat Out? Who? Who?”.. oh, and that I DO wear shoes in public!
Suppose I’ll have to bring a pad and ink next time we go on a goat walk so “Peaches” can sign autographs.