1%2F8 Acre Urban Farming
With all of society’s conveniences within easy reach, we are choosing to do things the hard way. Now, why on earth would we do that?!
Looking back on how I came upon this urban farming way of life shows a journey full of twists and turns ... and I couldn't be happier for it!
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
100-year-old Scarlet Runner Bean seeds from Grandpa will be part of our garden this year. It's almost seed-starting time for gardeners!
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
The perfect solution to a very large pumpkin/squash crop
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
A small family farm seldom makes you wealthy – there aren’t too many trips to Europe and the retirement plan can be pretty “iffy.” But farming brings its own rewards, those that in the end mean far more than the lights of Paris.
A century-old seed packet offers some interesting insight into an earlier era of farming in the Midwest.
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
Seeking out abandoned apple trees is worth the effort. With a little time and energy, you can harvest many pounds of free fruit!
What tastes better than homegrown? Homegrown and FREE! There may be free food lurking in your own backyard if you take the time to look.
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
This is my journey of moving to the country and becoming a stay-at-home mom and hobby farmer. I was raising three small boys so why not add some animals to the mix.
Fall has arrived and with the change in season, it changes our work. We begin to prepare the summer beds to mostly lay fallow during the rainy winter months. Also, the season’s change means our menu planning changes as well.
Discover how you can get involved in animal-assisted therapy programs.
You never know where life is going to take you, so it’s a good idea to be ready for anything. My family once had a different life, but circumstances changed, there was a period of flux, then we came out better than ever.
You don't have to be a poultry farmer to have an appreciation for the hard work that went into this 1924 edition of The American Standard of Perfection.
Kellsey loves everything about summer, with the exception of triple digit temperatures. But even the dog days of summer help her dream about the future.
Harvest time has arrived and, as I pick the last of the tomatoes, I have mixed feelings. One of the wonderful things about farming is the lessons you learn along the way.
Are you building your homestead and following a dream? Do you wonder if you can make money from a homestead? I have some tips to help you answer that question.
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
What better destination than farm and wine country!
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
There's nothing wrong with a little pampering now and again, so why not use your own garden harvest to make yourself look and feel better?
While everything around us changes constantly, memories remain constant. A 'Memory Jar' for 2015 will help you remember the good times.
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
Jim and I are moving to a house with a large kitchen in a friendly neighborhood. Come on over and have a visit!
If you have candy that needs to be used, here's one way to do it!
Four years ago I sold my car and I haven't looked back since!
What to do with your seedlings once they have popped up.
Starting seeds is easy. If you've never done it there is no reason to be intimidated. Here's a basic tutorial.
Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Maximizing garden space in a small city yard is a constant challenge, but I've found that window boxes aren't just for windows.
We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
Those seeds inside of your pumpkins are delicious - don't throw them away!
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
Found fruit scavenged from 'our' urban apple tree and our backyard quince made a delicious Thanksgiving pie.
It's time to bring back line-drying clothes. Save money, help the environment!
For a first attempt at baking this iconic Irish recipe, I think it came out all right.
When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.
A story of hidey holes and the hows, and whys, of finding them on old farmsteads like my cousin did at her in-laws place.
Raising heirloom tomatoes, like all farming, is full of challenges. This year we have battled blossom end rot and the war's not over yet.
I am a young woman who has finally found her niche. One bachelor's degree later, it turns out to be farming.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
As a frustrated country-girl-wanna-be living in town, I've known since I was a little girl that I wanted to move to a ranch as soon as possible. It finally happened when I was a grandma.
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
Visit the springtime pastures of Farm on the Hill as "the girls" are introduced to their new home!
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.