First I have to say that growing 7000 lbs of food on a 1/10th of an acre is pretty impressive - I'll give them that, but ...
... when food grows THREE-HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FIVE DAYS of the year, it would take some very extra special effort *not* to grow something. In fact, if you live in California, and you have a yard and you're not growing some kind of food, shame on you ... no offense.
But when a person is able to turn an urban yard that is roughly 50' x 100' (which is the typical sized urban yard in most east coast cities) into a sustainable food production oasis, complete with farm animals, and to do that in the northeast, where the growing season is, roughly, one-third of California, that's AWE INSPIRING ...spiring ... spiring ... spiring. Ahem!
And not only is Patti doing that, but she's also showing other people, through instructional videos and articles, how to do it, too. Her website isn't just a bunch of self-congratulatory blather about how wonderful she is (and she is), but rather it is a series of how-to's on everything from building raised beds, tapping maple trees and boiling syrup to sap (yes, in the city!), installing a pond, planting blueberries, creating an edible walkway, and sharing her design for animal enclosures that fit exactly over her raised beds so that she is, not only making the absolute best use of her limited space, but she's also using her animals to help her till and fertilize her garden beds.
Further, like me, Patti didn't grow up farming. She doesn't have half a century of farming experience on which to draw. She didn't move from the country to the city. She's always been a city girl, and like most urbanites and suburbanites, she went to college and started a career and bought a house and had kids.
Somewhere along the way, something happened, and then, like many of us in this twenty-first century blooming-where-we-are-planted movement, she started as an adult and floundered her way through learning all of the stuff she shows us how to do on her Urban Sustainable Living project.
If we're going to emulate anyone, it should be someone like Patti Moreno, who is one of us, and is really showing a way that we can live and thrive without destroying our world - someone who really has something to offer.
Bravo, Patti ... and thanks for being the voice that we need in these troubled times.
Other Urban Homesteaders of note:
- Root Simple (formerly known as Homegrown Evolution)
- Kate @ Living the Frugal Life
- Paul @ Ad Es Posse
- Steve @ Maine Musings
- Gavin @ The Greening of Gavin
- Aaron @ powering down
- Christine @ Peak Oil Haus Frau
- Robbyn @ The Back Forty
- Novella Carpenter @ Ghost Town Farm
- Dolly Freed
- and newby, Lace @ Survival Suburbanite Style
Please take the time to visit any (all) of the above listed sites. None of them have ever pretended to have the answers, but they'll give you an honest assessment of what trying to be more self-reliant, against the odds, is like for them :).