I usurped my parents' South Minneapolis yard so I could grow organic food. We don't really know what we're doing over here off 60th, but I figure that's probably okay!
Check here for updates from our humble homestead as well as other tidbits about urban agriculture and homesteading that I've gathered from around the internet!

Labor Day weekend is 60th Street’s canning and preserving weekend! Here’s a sneak peek at our applesauce project. Look for more to come!

Posted at 3:16pm.

Labor Day weekend is 60th Street’s canning and preserving weekend! Here’s a sneak peek at our applesauce project. Look for more to come!

I love this idea from Savvy Living. While I’m not sure this would work with our onions (as they are quite tiny this season), but I know that someone out there might be looking for creative ways to 1) store their awesome onions and 2) use up old pantyhose! Ours are currently braided and hanging in the basement. If someone tries this and successfully stores their onions, let me know! I’d love to try it out sometime!

Posted at 8:06pm and tagged with: onions, food storage, sustainability, creative living, pantyhose, Savvy Living,.

I love this idea from Savvy Living. While I’m not sure this would work with our onions (as they are quite tiny this season), but I know that someone out there might be looking for creative ways to 1) store their awesome onions and 2) use up old pantyhose! Ours are currently braided and hanging in the basement. If someone tries this and successfully stores their onions, let me know! I’d love to try it out sometime!

I am a huge fan of some these, including an herb garden in coffee containers and planting lettuce in gutters! While not all of these are practical, they are adorable. Enjoy!

Posted at 9:59am and tagged with: small spaces, apartment gardening, platers,.

From WebEcoist:

It’s predicted that by the year 2050, 80 of the world’s population will live in urban centers. As the global population swells and urban centers lose what little green space they once had, more countries are looking to urban farming to feed their people. The urban environment doesn’t have unlimited horizontal farming space, so the natural solution is to build up. Vertical farms can fit easily into the cityscape while providing a local source of food for inhabitants. Even better, they can be placed nearly anywhere that a building can go. Are these 26 innovative designs the future of farming? It certainly looks that way.”

Click the link to go to the original page and from there you can explore just a few designs that are moving the urban agriculture movement forward with the help of fabulous designs!

Posted at 9:59am and tagged with: WedEcoist, urban agriculture, vertical farm, architecture, urban planning,.

This is such an amazing video coming out of Project Grow in Portland, Oregon. Want some inspiration as well as a testament to how urban farming can really impact neighborhoods and lives? Watch this video!

For more information on Project Grow, check out their website. They’ve got some awesome systems set up in some small, urban spaces! What’s more, there is some really meaningful work being done to involve some of our often forgotten and under-appreciated adults.

From their website:

We Believe That:

  • Meaningful work accompanied by fair wage is a human right.
  • All people have gifts to contribute to the community.
  • Everyone deserves a supportive environment, regardless of one’s challenges.
  • A sense of purpose, offered by a valued activity, is essential for all.
  • Art making is both a valid path in life and a valid career choice.
  • Everyone is unique and deserves a tailored, supportive environment so that they may thrive.
  • Everyone is an artist, student, and a teacher.
  • The relationship with one’s food source is essential for a healthy life.
  • Learning is a life long task and privilege

If you’re in the Portland Area, go out and support The North Portland Farm!

Posted at 12:44am and tagged with: Project Grow, The North Portland Farm, Urban Farming, food justice, jobs for disabled adults,.

Onions! Shallots! Garlic! Oh my!

Posted at 1:10pm and tagged with: onions, shallots, garlic, urban farming,.

Onions! Shallots! Garlic! Oh my!

First tomatoes of the season!

Posted at 1:08pm and tagged with: tomatoes, summer, urban farming, harvest,.

First tomatoes of the season!

Onions and shallots, braided and drying in the sun. We know they’re small, but we think it’s because we panted them too shallow and too close together…we’re obviously still trying to figure this stuff out.

Posted at 12:10pm and tagged with: onions, shallots, urban farming,.

Onions and shallots, braided and drying in the sun. We know they’re small, but we think it’s because we panted them too shallow and too close together…we’re obviously still trying to figure this stuff out.

Basil, nasturtiums, and cat.

Posted at 11:38am and tagged with: cat, basil, nasturtium, summer, urban farming,.

Basil, nasturtiums, and cat.

Sunday harvest: summer squash, zucchini, green beans, cucumbers, shallots, onions, and an eggplant!

Posted at 11:31am and tagged with: summer squash, harvest, green beans, eggplant, cucumber, onions, shallots, zucchini, urban farming,.

Sunday harvest: summer squash, zucchini, green beans, cucumbers, shallots, onions, and an eggplant!