Mama plants 4735 trees on behalf of her Facebook Fans

We are on a serious mission to do everything we can to give us cleaner air and protect wildlife that depends on trees for food and shelter. Each month, we plant 1 tree on behalf of each one of our Facebook Fans. At the end of July, we had a whopping 4,735 Facebook Fans. We planted 4,735 trees with out partner Trees for the Future.

Spread the word and we will continue to plant more trees.

– Mama

Food: An urban homestead in Pasadena

Mama is inspired by the Dervaes family. After discovering the little homestead less than a mile from my house, I took it upon myself to grow as much food as I can. I now grow my own oranges, limes, lemons, beets, garlic, ginger, bell peppers, green peppers, artichoke, cilantro, potatoes, and red onions.

Do you love to garden, but don’t think you have enough space? Think again, see how Jules Dervaes and his family created a little homestead in Pasadena.

– Mama

Urban Homestead at a Glance

Location: Northwest Pasadena, one mile from downtown Pasadena
Property Size: 66’ x 132’ = 8,712 sq.ft. (1/5 acre)
House: Simple, wood frame craftsman bungalow. Circa 1917.
House Size: 1,500 sq. ft.
Garden Size: ~ 1/10 acre (3,900 sq.ft. / ~ 66′ x 66′)
Garden Diversity: Over 350 different vegetables, herbs, fruits & berries
Productivity: Up to 6,000 lbs harvest annually on 1/10 acre

Gardening, walking, and girl talk: Mama’s soup for the soul

This week has been tough for Mama. There were a few sleepless nights, two blood tests, heart racing, a panic attack, a 30 minute phone consultation, hours of research, and a little under-eating. I am one of a select few who’s body refuses food of any kind when I am upset. Today, I feel better and I owe it to gardening, walking, and girl talk.

When I am upset, emotional (yes, Mama gets emotional too), or angry, I put on my gloves. My little pink gloves designed to dig in the dirt. I grab my shovel, and dig holes in the ground. I transport plants, add mulch and compost to different areas of the garden, rake leaves, and trim bushes.

If my angst is still lingering. I grab two leashes and take Val and Gracie on a walk. When I put on my walking shoes, the pups know they are in for a treat. We walk the 1.86 mile loop that encircles my dream neighborhood. We frequent my dream neighborhood so much that I know many of the other dog walkers and their dogs by name. Some of them probably think I am one of their neighbors.

In the rare event that my mood still hasn’t improved. I talk with my friends. Someone once told me that a good friend is worth 100 times a good therapist. I wholeheartedly agree.

What do you do when your world seems to close in on you? I shared first. Now it is your turn.

– Mama

The Green Challenge – Day 23

Join me on this Green Challenge – Thirty Days of Serious (and Silly) Green Commitments! Each day, I’ll challenge myself to introduce a new green thing in my life, and I invite you to get on the bandwagon to make a difference. If all goes well, we’ll be living a greener life that will continue well beyond this Earth Month!

As you already know, I worked last year’s leaves into the garden a couple of weeks ago, but I think it is going to need some additional work to ensure it retains as much moisture and nutrients as possible. In particular, I’m sure I’ll be needing compost. All of the talk about spring has got me thinking about how I might be able to conserve water in the backyard.

So I took a trek down to my local green store and scoped out the possibility of getting some locally-made mulch to reduce soil evaporation and prevent pests. Turns out there’s a sawmill in my area and they have all kinds of “waste” mulch that they give away to gardeners in the area. I called to confirm, and indeed, it’s true! I’ll be taking a trip out there later this month to get what I need. This has many benefits: it’ll make my garden more sustainable, it prevents usable wood products from going to the landfill, and since it’s locally produced, it means fewer emissions, too!

– Lucy

The Green Challenge – Day 16

Join me on this Green Challenge – Thirty Days of Serious (and Silly) Green Commitments! Each day, I’ll challenge myself to introduce a new green thing in my life, and I invite you to get on the bandwagon to make a difference. If all goes well, we’ll be living a greener life that will continue well beyond this Earth Month!

It’s important to me that my children understand where food comes from. As a result, I make it a habit to take them with me to the farmer’s market so that they can mingle with the farmers, ask questions, and see food the way it actually looks when it comes out of the ground—a little dirt is a good sign, in my books. This year, I intend to do a little more, and it started this afternoon.

I am helping my kids develop their green thumbs this spring by having them plant a few seeds. I know, I know, the gardening experts out there are probably screaming at their screens that it’s a little late in the season, but nevertheless it is an important development, even if a bit late! We started with squash seeds and will keep them in the house for the next couple of weeks so that my kids can watch them sprout and grow. I know how much I enjoy the thrill of seeing new life pop out of the ground, so I look forward to watching my children’s reaction in the adventure as well.

Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.
– Kent Nerburn

– Lucy

Have you been crop mobbed?

Crop Mob. I love the concept. A Crop Mob is “a group of young, landless, and wannabe farmers who come together to build and empower communities by working side by side. A Crop Mob is also a group of experienced farmers and gardeners willing to share their knowledge with their peers and the next generation of agrarians. The membership is dynamic, changing and growing with each new mob event.

Crop Mobs are not free sources of labor. Rather, it is more like an exchange of labor for the betterment of a community. Friends are created, bonds are formed, and labor is exchanged. Crop Mobbing is about community and camaraderie.

Crop Mobs are most active in North Carolina; Washington, Atlanta, Texas, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

Crop Mob. Love the name! Start a Crop Mob today. Maybe I’ll start a Crop Mob for backyard gardeners here in Pasadena.

– Mama

Truck Farming: growing food in your pickup truck

I’ve always been a big advocate of farming and producing your own food. My heart skips a few beats when I read or hear about an average Joe or Jane using unusual (but safe) techniques to grow their own food. I just learned something new: Truck Farming. Truck farming is an unusual technique to grow food when you don’t have a yard to grow it in.

The “Truck Farm” video, is a must see.

Let me know what you think about it.

– Mama

Organic Foods: Backyard Agriculture

Can’t afford Organic food?
Paycheck getting small and smaller?
Tired not being able to afford good, healthy produce?

Backyard agriculture could be the answer to some of your problems.

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