​We're just two ordinary 40-something working professionals living in an urban center. Yes - Missoula, Montana is an urban area, and we live smack dab in the middle of it. We admit that we are very lucky in having more wild places in closer proximity than most urban centers, but we face many of the same hurdles in having an urban farm. We have a city lot plot surrounded by concrete and have a short growing season with cold winters.

Our urban oasis we call “R-urban Farm” is one of the manifestations of trying to live a sustainable life. Even though we purchased this house 17 years ago, I am continually reminded that this project and a sustainable lifestyle in general, are a journey and not a destination. Trying to reduce one's impact isn't exactly easy and may require personal sacrifice, but the journey has been much more rewarding than we could have ever imagined when we started.

This blog is dedicated to the efforts in making that journey towards a sustainable lifestyle. While trying to reduce our impacts by consuming less and growing as much of our own food as we can, we are also trying to maximize the benefits we receive such as eating healthy and connecting in some small way with nature. I am no expert, but I am hopeful that we can have a few laughs as we learn from each other.

 

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August 6, 2019

I love eating with the local seasons, but if there's any way to extend those time frames, especially the tomato season, we do!  We plant summer and winter carrots, we do several rounds of radish and spinach plantings, and we're always on the lookout for other new tricks.

I also love to experiment. M...

January 6, 2019

Winter carrots are much sweeter because carrots convert their starch into sugars to help protect against frost damage. Like home-grown tomatoes, you'll never want to eat store-bought carrots once you've tasted how good they can be!

PLANTING

1) Plant your carrots early to mid-summer - early enough for...

September 26, 2018

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Perhaps because we can most enjoy the fruits of our labor, or enjoy the weather that can be wonderful, or both, but it’s a time that I’d like to stretch for as long as possible.

Although the early first frosts have the beneficial effect of converting starches s...

April 1, 2018

For most of my life I have fly-fished rivers. Except for the occasional, high mountain lake camping trip where we broil a trout in foil over the open fire, I practice catch-and-release. And as an inlander in Montana, I have never really considered harvesting fish to supplement our already high-in-el...

March 20, 2018

A great film that captures the absurdity of the problem, but leaves you hopeful with concrete ideas we can all implement!

March 8, 2018

I have completed the late-winter chores of pruning fruit trees and harvesting the last of the winter carrots. I even went cross-country skiing yesterday in still-great conditions. But with the days getting noticeably longer, and the birds shouting out their

arrival, everywhere are the signs that spri...

March 3, 2018

As detailed in a previous post, I have been searching for a better solution for ice-free water for our hens in the winter. For the last six years, I had been using a Stock Tank De-Icer from Farm Innovators. As the thermostat was malfunctioning, the manufacturer confirmed that five years was well bey...

January 19, 2018

Our cold weather brings a fresh reminder of some of the difficulties in raising egg-laying hens through the winter. During the summer, I don’t think twice about leaving the chickens unattended for 5-7 days; but during the winter, any mishap that interrupts their food or water supply for a couple day...

September 27, 2017

Happy Autumnal Equinox! (well, belated, as it was this past Friday, September 22nd)

In Montana, Autumn has brought much needed rains, and hinted at winter with snow in the mountains and a frost in town. But the scare of winter has receded, and we have clear, cool, sunny days for the moment. It is the...

August 28, 2017

August in Montana is hot and dry. For many, it is a dreaded month that frequently brings bothersome smoke from surrounding forest fires. While we don’t like the smoke either, we love this time of year in our northern climate for the brief opportunity to experience the flavor of the Greek Islands fro...

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