After a break in the record rains, the Bay Area was graced with a gorgeous Sunday, perfect to take a peek at the famed San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. With a conglomeration of stunning displays, from succulent covered aviaries to the perfect outdoor shower, the garden show this year made a direct point to highlight urban homesteading. The edible garden display was an exterior exhibition simply called The Modern Homestead – how perfect!
Designed by Star Apple Edible Gardens, the area was artistically laid out with heirloom fruit trees, edible gardens and even highlighted specialized planting, such as a tea garden! They delicately highlighted a gorgeous petite chicken coop that could quite easily fit in most yards. Although, for any interested parties, I wouldn’t suggest more than two chickens and highly recommend having another place for them to forage and have their dust baths.
Sunset Magazine had a mini-test garden where they demonstrated a sampling of their re-creation of the One-Block Project. Their idea became so successful it was followed by a book The One-Block Feast. We caught the tail end of the ladies from Sunset Magazine and absolutely feel in love with what they were doing – brilliant! Sharing resources, (wo)man-power, passions and voila you have created a community! This group of urban homesteaders definitely set the bar pretty high – aside from growing food, becoming bee keepers and a few other common backyard practices – they made cheese, sea salt, wine, and vinegar, amongst some other very ambitious projects. Made me want to really take things up a few notches. Thanks for the inspiration ladies!
After a busy day meeting, greeting and listening to some great lecture, the take home message was pretty clear, for most people living in an urban setting – there isn’t an excuse go out, meet your neighbors, grow food, brew beer and make a feast!