Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
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!
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?!
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
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!
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
The perfect solution to a very large pumpkin/squash crop
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.