After much thought we have decided to take the plunge and buy our first 3 chicks. They are not legal in our town, but after much discussion and some soul searching, hubby and I decided that living a sustainable, secure and independent life trumped the town by-laws. We talked with our neighbors (who were all cool with it) and decided to partake in a little civil disobedience. Now we just cross our fingers I suppose :) …Continue
Over the years we've lost and gained birds. We've taken in birds from our friends, hatched chicks in an incubator, hatched chicks with a broody hen, given away birds, and butchered birds. All that experience has enabled me to amass quite the list when it comes to city chickens. So, hold onto your seats, cause away we go!
One of the benefits of having a bee hive in the backyard is “free” beeswax. We’ve been gathering our wax for several years, working out a way to clean it sufficiently. After some experiments, Mark bought a colander from Goodwill, lined it with an old tee-shirt, and melted the comb down over a pan of boiling water. When he lifts the colander, the hot wax streams through the fabric and cools on the surface of the water. Voila! A disc of clear beeswax! The disc lived in the…Continue
Firstly, sorry my bad English. I am Brazilian, and here only a privileged few can use English fluently. = (
Well, I would like to relate my experience with composting leftovers from the restaurant at my university!
The project is done by students volunteers, and there is no leaders. We rely on the help of an employee of the university that gives much value to the project (he is on the photos). Each one is responsible for performing activities in one day a week, and when…Continue
What is From the Ground Up?
From the Ground Up is a documentary project that provides an inspiring look at gardeners in three cities, juxtaposing these modern urban farmers with the original Victory Gardeners who during WWII grew food in backyards, on balconies, any wherever they could. At their peak, these gardeners yielded 40% of the produce consumed in the US. Today a Sacramento teacher and her young sons “take on City Hall” to fight for…Continue
It’s been warm and sunny, but the light has shifted to golden and the potatoes are ready to be dug. After lunch, I gather the wheelbarrow, six paper bags, a water bottle, and a few hand tools and headed down the street to the second garden. Three raised beds are covered with dried, crunchy old potato vines. I push them aside, plunge my hands in, and haul out a huge red potato, followed by three or four small ones, pop them into the bag, and move onto the next…Continue
This morning we experienced the low point of growing food in the city, as our intern saw a few men walking away with handfuls of our garlic, which is about five months old.
We haven't had much produce theft so far, but it's always a little frustrating when it happens. I guess we don't have to worry…Continue
Our latest video featuring urban farmers from across the country + stop motion vegetables. Stay tuned for full trailer coming in April!
Added by Growing Cities on March 22, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
My friend Carey took this photo! These are three week old meat breed chickens. You can see the chickens at a week old on this earlier blog post.
My gentleman was amazing over the…Continue
Excerpt from Nevada Farm Bureau newsletter:
Hectic Week Of Engagement With Issues: The week, just concluding, turned out to be a full week of activity with a number of opportunities to communicate Farm Bureau policy to those who need to be aware of what Nevada farmers and ranchers think. During the Feb. 21st public forum at the University of Nevada, Reno, (UNR) Nevada Farm Bureau and a number of Farm Bureau members joined a full-fledged turnout by…Continue
Added by Kimberly Phipps-Nichol on February 27, 2012 at 3:41pm — No Comments
Check out these inspiring quotes from our interviews with urban farmers across the country…enjoy!
Will Allen, Urban Farmer Growing Power, Milwaukee, WI…
The end of 2011 marks a year of production on Growing Cities for Dan and I (Andrew)! We feel so fortunate and pleased to be working on this film and can’t wait to have a final product to show everyone. Although there is a long road ahead to reach that point we’ve really come a long way in twelve months. From dreaming of the open road and planning the itinerary last winter, to the road trip this summer, to a three-month stay in San Francisco transcribing the film – we have experienced and…Continue
Neither Alex Velez (pictured above with Andrew Monbouquette) nor Nikhil Arora had any idea how to grow food before they met. But in the past couple of years the two cofounders of Back to the Roots have become known as “the mushroom guys” for figuring out how to grow oyster…Continue
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Brooke Budner and Caitlyn Galloway (above with Dan) want nothing more than to make their living as farmers. Since last year they have tried to do just that, tilling the three-quarter acre lot tucked in the southern part of San Francisco that they call Little City Gardens.…Continue
Added by Growing Cities on November 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments
So on our Baltimore foodmakers discussion board, there was a conversation between several people who own city chickens. Some love their birds as pets, and have adopted them from shelters and feed the eggs to their dogs for feed supplements or to friends. Others view their birds as livestock and have no…Continue
For those of you new to my posts, my friend Cheryl and I have started a community garden and urban farm in Baltimore City. This link will take you to the early March section of the blog that shows us meeting with the…Continue
Added by Jay Geneske on May 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Yes, you got that right, the SWAT team! We sure had an interesting day picking our first harvest at the Boone Street community garden and urban farm!
Here I am with our first vegetable harvest of white and red radishes. That's Lolita, one of the neighbors and frequent garden visitor standing next to…
This is cross-posted from my blog www.wolfandfinch.wordpress.com. I am starting a series on the various mistakes I'm making as I set up my urban homestead in Vancouver BC. Lots of fodder as I've started my seedlings!