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Urban homestead

Postby Ytrog » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:23 am

I hope that this is the right place to post this, but I came upon an interesting project named the urban homestead:
Surrounded by urban sprawl and just a short distance from a freeway, the Urban Homestead project is a family operated and highly productive city farm. It is also a successful, real-life working model for sustainable agriculture and eco living in urban areas and has been featured in multiple news medias both nationally and internationally.

http://urbanhomestead.org/

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Re: Urban homestead

Postby Kim OHara » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:35 am

Nice project!
Here's another - one which has been running in inner-suburban Melbourne for more than twenty years (the site doesn't seem to say just how long they have been going, but I remember visiting them in the early-mid eighties): http://www.ceres.org.au/

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Re: Urban homestead

Postby silentone » Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:00 pm

Ytrog wrote:I hope that this is the right place to post this, but I came upon an interesting project named the urban homestead:
Surrounded by urban sprawl and just a short distance from a freeway, the Urban Homestead project is a family operated and highly productive city farm. It is also a successful, real-life working model for sustainable agriculture and eco living in urban areas and has been featured in multiple news medias both nationally and internationally.

http://urbanhomestead.org/

Video: http://youtu.be/7IbODJiEM5A


Its a great website. The information on closed loop backyard tilapia farming is particularly useful.

PFAF.org might be useful in helping people to tailor the concept to their region.

I found Apios Americana growing wild in the forest behind our neighborhood.

" Tuber - raw or cooked[1, 2, 27, 55, 62, 63]. A delicious flavour somewhat like roasted sweet potatoes, it always receives very high marks in taste trials with us[K]. The tuber can also be dried and ground into a powder then used as a thickening in soups etc or can be added to cereal flours when making bread[132, 257]. Tubers contain 17% crude protein, this is more than 3 times that found in potatoes[183]. The tubers can be harvested in their first year but they take 2 - 3 years to become a sizeable crop[160]. They can be harvested at any time of the year but are at their best in the autumn[160]. The tubers can also be harvested in the autumn and will store until at least the spring[K]. Yields of 2.3 kilos of tubers per plant have been achieved[222]. Seed - cooked[62]. Rather small and not produced very freely[K], they are used like peas and beans[183, 213]. A good source of protein, they can be ground into a powder and added to cereals when making bread etc[257]. Young seedpods[55, 62, 95, 177].
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