Monday, 21 May 2018

Time to Get Growing


     It's time to plant the crops.  We still have plots available for gardeners.  We are having a special registration session this Friday May 25.  We will be meeting at the Cottonwood Garden Kiosk at 6:00 pm. Interested people should email cottonwoodgarden@gmail.com to inquire and express interest.  See you at the garden.

Friday, 5 January 2018

The Urban Homestead


     On just one tenth of an acre, on a city lot in Pasadena, California 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles the Dervais family have created a truly amazing "urban homestead".  They produce 7,000 lbs (3175 kgs) of organic produce annually on their city farm which includes ducks, chickens, goats and bees.  Their livestock provide eggs, milk and honey for their vegetarian diet and they use alternative fuels like biodiesel, pedal power and solar panels.

From the Urbanhomestead.org

"We are living off the land “directly” — supplying our diet, and “indirectly” — we sell the excess harvest to local establishments and individuals through a customized CSA program via our  Front Porch Farmstand.
With 7,000lbs harvested…90% of our vegetarian diet comes from the garden so we eat on almost $2.00 per day per person.
Having found food security in our own backyard, we were emboldened to take further steps. We began powering our home with alternative energies and fueling our car with home-brewed bio-diesel.
Along with new technologies, we also embraced the simple living of past generations: we keep farm animals for egg production and manure, cultivate honeybees, use secondhand goods to decrease our consumption of earth’s nonrenewable resources, and continually teach ourselves a variety of back-to-basics skills through “re-skilling”."


    
    
    "In our society growing food has become the most radical of acts.  It is truly the only effective protest, one that can - and will - overturn the corporate powers that be.  By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world... "  The Dervais Family.

     I think this is an amazing inspiration for us urban, community gardeners as to what can be accomplilshed on a small parcel of land.

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