Survival Gardening In The Heat

By: Marjory Wildcraft of
Growing food in your backyard when its over 100 degrees for more than three months? How do you do that? If you are looking for something more than the usual “mulch and drip irrigation” answer (and don’t get me wrong – mulching and drip irrigation is absolutely the first place to start!)… Find out what the old-timers used to do, what plants will work the best, what not to do (if you can avoid it), and some surprise options you probably have never heard of.

Backyard farmers by necessity: self-sufficient & debt-free


Uploaded on Apr 18, 2011

When Myrna and Earl Fincher married 53 years ago they started farming their yard “out of necessity”. Today, the Finchers make a living selling their organic produce to restaurants and at the local farmers’ market twice a week for much of the year. They had no experience as farmers, but learned by trial and error.

6,000 lbs of food on 1/10th acre – Urban Farm – Urban Homestead – Growing Your Own Food



Published on Mar 20, 2012

Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.

From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year!

To follow the Dervaes and their Urban Homesteading activites, you can find them at

Urban and near-urban farming can be highly productive, causing whatever size of land you have to work with to produce with more abundance. It is time to solve hunger worldwide, through creating local food abundance…. Anyone can do it, once you learn how.



We are officially raising meal worms! How exciting! These little guys are living in a bed of oatmeal with yummy carrots, celery, potatoes and leaves from our yard! Soon they will turn into beetles and the cycle will continue! These are for our chickens to eat!

Hugulkultur, It's What's for Dinner!!!

This is a short video exploring Hugulkultur, which is the practice of making garden beds with fallen wood which serves the purpose of retaining moisture and providing nutrients to the plants.  We are currently building a 17 bed hugulkultur garden here on Blush Family Farm and think it is an excellent way to grow food.

Check out the video!!!

Rise Up Radio Show, Kirby Fry Discusses permaculture, earthen homes, and natural living!

This might be my favorite episode to date on the Rise Up Radio Show! John Bush rocking the mic on

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On the March 12th, 2013 edition of Rise Up Radio, John Bush chats with Kirby Fry about permaculture, earthen homes, and natural living.

Blush Family Farm Hatches More Chicks!

The Blush Family Farm hatched another batch of chicks! This time it was 16 out of 20 eggs that hatched. 80% hatch rate! The second incubator we used this time had a 0% success rate. This is likely due to a power outage that took place a couple weeks ago due to a windstorm. From this we took two lessons – 1. Brinsea makes excellent incubators that hold their temperatures well and 2. It is important to have at least one source of alternative energy (generator/solar/methane from animal waste/etc.) available for down grid situations.

Chickens are an excellent simple step towards food self sufficiency. Consider getting a small flock of 6 chickens and learn the basics.

Chicken Attack on the Blush Family Farm!

This is a repost from our family blog

“Last week one of our chickens got attacked by the dog across the street.  In a barefoot and pregnant rage I chased the dog down and despite falling down in the middle of the street and skinning both of my knees and top of my foot, he let go of the bird and ran away.  I banged on the neighbors doors throwing an absolutely fit and have not seen the dog running loose since.  We have a language barrier and have talked to them about their dogs multiple times, this time it stuck.  I was screaming and crying and VERY upset.  Thankfully the bird (named Fire Eyes) survived with a limp, missing feathers and a flesh wound on her back.  She is currently recuperating on our back garden porch away from the other birds so she does not get “picked” on.”

This is an example of one of the many hard lessons learned in chicken ownership.  With free range birds you must be prepared to protect them from predators such as neighbors dogs.  I knew she was in the front yard, but did not force her to go back to our backyard.  This resulted in her being attacked by a dog I knew had been loose several times in recent weeks.  In the future I will be much more vigilant.

Here she is recovering:fire eyes.