This post is for the Grow Your Blog 2014. It is an international event! This post is to welcome new visitors and share a little about me and our urban homestead. Please check out our archives and if you like what you see, please sign up to follow the blog. You can also follow us on Facebook.
Welcome to Urban Overalls! I grew up a farm girl in rural Iowa where we raised livestock, grain crops, and tended HUGE gardens where my family raised all of our produce. We ate fresh foods and what wasn’t eaten fresh, was canned to enjoy during the winter. Breads and rolls were made weekly, hand-crafted pies could be in the oven just 30 minutes after picking fruit, eggs came from our chickens, milk and cream came from our cow, and meals were enjoyed the most when shared with family and friends.
Now I live in an urban setting with my husband, affectionately known as Mr. Overalls, on a 1/3 of an acre. We are just blocks from the local hospital, yet wake to the sounds of our chickens clucking and bees buzzing. The skills I learned growing up, serve me well on our urban homestead. We gather eggs from our backyard chickens, honey from our bees, and fresh vegetables and fruit from our gardens. We compost dirty straw from the chickens as well as our vegetative scraps from the gardens and kitchen. That in turn makes a wonder, organic soil amendment. Meals are made from scratch, using whole ingredients instead of processed foods. During the peak of harvest, we set aside time to preserve extra for the long winter months.
To add to our self-sufficiency, we have added some new skills by making: cheese and other dairy delights, bar and laundry soap, household cleaning supplies, as well as mead and wines. We share seeds with friends, barter for things we don’t make or grow, and completely support the local food movement by shopping at farmers’ markets and area CSAs.
There are so many terms. Some call it backyard farming, urban homesteading, or just self-sufficiency, but whatever you call it, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
So pull up a laptop or tablet and get ready to read more of our adventures and how-tos. Our chickens are entertaining, our food is fresh, and we will help you gain the skills and confidence to engage in your own homestead adventure or simply try out a new recipe.
I am a horticulturist as well as trained master composter. When it comes to preserving the harvest, I have over 40 years of canning experience. We support urban agriculture and are available to teach classes and workshops.