Urban Farmers…

Jul 28, 2011 | Gardening, Homesteading, Potager | 10 comments

Or at least we could be if the rain would stop.

We are all a little excited.
Next week someone is coming out to “inspect” our Potager for “Certified Naturally Grown” approval.
CNG is the grass-roots option to USDA Organic.

There is no reason for me to do this except for the fact that I think it’s “cool” and is one more way for us to practice for our farm someday.   I don’t use any chemicals but I have no idea if we will get approved.  We have yet to use any chicken manure… it’s our first year with a compost bin and hopefully it’s out there curing and doing it’s thing.  We brought in some boughten soil to fill the new raised bed… what if it had chemicals?  Oh my. 
I suppose it’s worth a try.  I think it would be so fun to officially use the “seal”…

We don’t sell at any Farmers Markets – at least not yet.   I think a Farmers Market would be a great learning experience for the children.  Truth be told it is all I can do to keep up with the Potager with this Belly.  Something as little as securing some stray pole beans finds itself a monumental task.

Next year I hope to be different.  I look forward to not completely suffering in the heat… I typically relish it but this year I get so lightheaded I had to lay down in the pea gravel the other day!   No, there is no way I could keep up with a Market stand this year…

But we are so blessed…

Someone has even contacted me in the last 24 hours about keeping “organic” bees on the property.

Chickens… Bees… Produce…
Oh my.

I find the whole thing just a delight and it may sound strange… but rather chic too.  

It’s hot and steamy.
How does your garden grow?

Want to come over for dinner?


  1. Kate

    This is awesome! I hope you get it.

    And yes, I would love to! Your food always looks so delightful!

  2. Katie Rose

    Good luck! About dinner? Seriously, I’d love to, but your too many states away from Jersey, lol. I’ve been gleaning so much from this little blog here and I love it! Is there any way that you can post some progress shots of the potager? Like at different seasons, not just throughout the spring and summer? I’m planning on putting one in my front yard and am so nervous that it is going to look blah all fall/winter. If they are already there could you point me in the right direction? I haven’t come across them yet.

  3. Lorilee

    Good Luck getting certified. It is the opposite here. NO rain. We are hopeful with a tropical storm headed our way! It is so hot and dry, even the weeds look wilted!

  4. à la parisienne

    Tired of rain? Send some my way please. Every single day we pray to God for some rain. Our town is already on stage 2 voluntary water conservation and each week, things become more strict. We are no longer allowed to fill Amelia’s swimming pool, which was the only thing that made this summer heat bearable.

    In spite of the heat, my potager has done quite well except NO TOMATOES! Everyone around here has had had barren tomato plants, and we blame it on the bees.
    I have a close friend, who lives in the country, whose going to have a bee hive next year. I’m not so sure our city ordinance would allow it. I will say last year, I saw tons of bees in my garden…this year ZERO!

    Good luck on getting certified. I’ve read that it can take up to three years for soil to rid itself of chemicals-at least your taking the right step to get started.
    Bon week-end,

  5. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    Those John Deere pics–OHMYGOSH. I love them, and yes, I’ll come to dinner, just say when!

  6. Deanna

    Cyber meal and what’s for dessert? grins.

    Kansas is way too hot right now….110 on some days.
    I’m not growing a garden at present, but my daughter has been growing tomatoes in pots. Turning out great.

    God bless you and do your best to stay out of the heat.
    It’s hard for everyone.

    God bless,

  7. Christina

    I eat all organic foods, so yes, I’d love to come for dinner…I really am enjoying your blog.

  8. Cate Tuten

    You just don’t know how excited I am to have stumbled upon your blog!!! So excited, in fact, I am going to email you….. A Christian Parisienne farmgirl…..I just never knew someone like you would really exist………Blessings, Cate


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