On Saturday, July 20 from 11am to 3 pm, SBCA experienced the first urban homesteading garden tour. Despite the unrelenting heat, we had a great turnout and everyone reported an enjoyable time. We had 7 sites on the tour, with 6 homesteading sites and a bonus art open house added. The goal of the tour was to share the many ways our residents are implementing parts of urban homesteading and to inspire others to make their own efforts at their homes. New board member, Andrew Manning, created the linked map.
This event was an SBCA fundraiser and we sold more than 20 tickets for adults and children, and raised $80 to sponsor our new neighborhood signs. The new community logo is on these 20 new signs and is the header logo for our blog.
The general consensus was that this was a great event and that we should plan more in the future. The next event will likely be earlier in the season when the weather is more pleasant and we can see these gardens at an earlier phase.
Our seven tour hosts were very generous with their time and their homes and we want to thank them very much!
Lisa Helfert and Kent Sovine: Lisa and Kent’s site includes a vegetable and herb garden, compost, and they dry herbs, freeze veggies and gather flower seeds to reseed. Lida and Kent also an installed rainwater management drainage that manages water from the yard and neighbors’ yards.
Becky Lavash and Scott Garrison: Becky and Scott have been in their house for 20 years. They added a vegetable and herb garden and many plants to feed and enourage local pollinators and birds. In this yard no herbicides or pesticides are used and praying mantises thrive. The yard has two compost sites where Becky and Scott manage their kitchen waste. A recently installed bat house waits for resident bats.
Annie and Josh Tulkin: The Tulkins have a vegetable garden in raised beds and bees hosted for a local beekeeper. Annie and Josh shared some pickled items and infused water. The Tulkins also have a Little Free Library, and a bat house.
Elisa Ferrante: Enjoy the big vegetable garden by that giant old oak and a coop with seven friendly hens
Miriam Yarmolinski and Bob Devine: Miriam and Bob inherited a house with many perennials from the previous owners and are starting to add a food garden in the sunny front yard. They have tomato plants, basil, marigold companion plants, in-ground (raised bed) as well as 2 tomatoes in earth box. The earthbox plants got a head start this year but in-ground plants caught up quickly.
Wadad Al Salmi and Masashi Waga: Wadad and Masashi have an ambitious operation on their site, including three composting systems, two chickens, four beehives, extensive vegetable garden (canning, freezing and drying), Fruits: (plum tree, apple tree, 4 in 1 pear tree, 3 fig trees, hardy kiwi, grape, raspberry bush, blackberry bush, currants (red, black and white), 7 blueberry bushes), Greenhouse/shed.
Wadad offered several tastings including honey, homemade yogurt, jam, and pickles.
Shirley Storms (Bonus Art Site) : Shirley is one of our local artists and had an open house on the same weekend as our tour. Betty does collages with ink, beads, and other objects. Her works are very lovely and deserve your attention. Watch for other notices of her open house on our listserv.
We have two more events this year – the Chili Cook-Off and the Halloween Parade. We hope you can join in for these events. Watch this page, the listserv, and Facebook group for more information in the coming month