Monthly Archives: July 2018

Urban Farming and Self Sufficiency Not Another Guide

Our city plot is not just a yard. It’s a piece of the self-sufficiency puzzle. The pounds of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, cherries,  goumies, and gojis serve a purpose. The same can be said for the bushels of beans, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, and potatoes. As I’ve stated before, self sufficiency is not just about having a job that pays the bills. It’s about living life on our own terms as much as possible.


An evening’s haul of cherry and currant tomatoes  © 2018 Don Shepard

I have great respect for the blogs that offer gardening tips, raise livestock, and build chicken coups from scrap wood. However, my thinking is there is a plethora–an ode to blazing saddles–of information about such things on the internet and in print. Ultimately, gardening on a scale anywhere near self-sufficiency is hard work. Which is one thing I’ve found that cannot be avoided.

While I reserve the right to blog about my own how to’s on such matters, this journal of sorts will not turn into a how to urban farm guide.  In the meantime,  for urban farming, I recommend pole beans over bush beans and dwarf cherry trees over bigger varieties. After all, space is most always a factor for urban plots making vertical growth, without the huge moisture sucking trees a top priority.