Our European Inspired Urban Farm: April 2015

Keeping backyard chickens on a urban farm

Springtime has arrived; however, since we currently reside in the Southwest, it will stay for about five whole minutes and then be replaced with several months of oppressive heat. I don't mind the summers here though; we travel often and being avid swimmers, we enjoy many an afternoon and evening in our  remodeled pool and outdoor living area. April is usually the month we start deciding on the new year travel destinations, and also on what we … [Read more...]

Urban Farm Design: 3 Tips to help you design the urban farm of your dreams

Successful urban farm design = marriage of sustainability + styleWhen I first purchased this one acre property in 2010, I knew I wanted to convert it into an urban farm (there was far too much land to not put it to some good, sustainable use) but as most beginners in something, I was concerned more about function and less about design.  And like most beginners, I was not happy with the initial results. I had function, but the spaces were not … [Read more...]

FP Urban Farm: Gardening in the Southwest (Summer 2014)

When we moved to French Pemberley in 2010, our one acre lot was mostly barren with no landscaping as the previous owners used almost the entire property in back for horses. Having grown up in the heart of Midwestern farm land and  then years later moving here after living in California several years (where it is easy to grow anything), gardening here was a big learning curve. It took a few years to truly … [Read more...]

French Pemberley Grounds: Phase Two Renovations 2014

We are currently in the middle of phase two of our landscaping of this property. A few weeks ago, I shared with you some of the before and afters of the initial work we did in 2010 in our "phase one", so today I wanted to share a bit more today about what this phase contains and share a few in-process pictures with you. In process: Pool areaWall torn out. Old decking replaced with … [Read more...]