​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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R-Urban Farm


Join the discussion as we fumble towards sustainable living in an urban setting.

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...

August 1, 2017

Chickens are a mainstay or even centerpiece of most hobby farms. Ours is no exception. Beyond producing a reliable and versatile source of food for us, they serve as an integral part of our compositing cycle, guardians of our vegetable patch*, and producers of our main source of fertilizer.

Eggs may...

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