Spring has arrived at the “homestead”. The Sugar Snap Peas are plump and ready. Kids, ducks, the dog and the chicken were all hanging out together today while the laundry dried in the warm breeze above their heads . Dee Dee duck laid an egg in the middle of the yard (luckily it was gathered in time). “Chicken” laid her’s like clockwork in her nest box. Her once-a-day constitution. It was quite a sight to see everyone, humans and animals alike, enjoying the beautiful day. We are truly blessed to have this little bit of paradise.
Our house was built in 1907 on a 6,000 square foot urban lot amongst other Victorians and Bungalows. It’s just a short walk to our wonderful old downtown. Two years ago we got our friends to leave Oakland and buy the house behind us. Our backyards adjoin so we’ve joined forces in this urban homesteading project. We had looked for rural property together before coming here but the long drive to jobs and amenities seemed crazy with the coming end of oil. We wanted a small, tight community that could support itself in a crisis. We are working towards that end.
My neighbor friend and I took a Permaculture Design Course this past year and the re-design for our two adjoining urban lots is the result of that course. We plan a permaculture food forest. We aim for “An overabundance of abundance” as permaculture teacher Penny Livingston-Stark says. That’s the plan. We’ll post our progress here so you can learn with us as we make mistakes, jump for joy, and hopefully live more lightly on the planet.