Episode-1265- Christine Faith on Backyard and Urban Farming

Christine Faith of RightToThrive.org

Christine Faith of RightToThrive.org

Christine Faith is a local backyard farmer, devotee of sustainability, and example for other members of the community trying to reduce their impact on the planet while maintaining resilient households. Right to Thrive, Christine’s award winning blog, is an information clearing-house for backyard farmers along the Front Range.

Christine is an owner/co-founder of Ivywild Aquaponics & Neighborhood Farm, an artisan farm located in the historic Ivywild neighborhood of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ivywild A & N Farm sells NSA shares (Neighborhood Supported Agriculture) featuring vegetables, eggs, and honey.

In addition to managing the small urban farm, Christine teaches classes on backyard farming, designs backyard farms, and consults for a local school district on a school garden project. Christine is also the founder and organizer of Colorado Springs Urban Homesteading.

Christine joins us to discuss designing an urban farm – how to create beauty, productivity, and food security in urban and suburban spaces. Along with designing for urban spaces and the considerations required to do so such as local laws and ordinances, weather and climate, soils, system integration,  microclimates, urban scale livestock, and maintaining curb appeal.

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7 Responses to Episode-1265- Christine Faith on Backyard and Urban Farming

  1. I found a use for extra eggs or older eggs. I bury them in my garden beds. I’ve buried the raw eggs whole and broken. It is great fertilizer and they break down nicely in the earth. I got the idea from an article on tomatoes that said to bury an egg and banana around the tomatoes.

  2. beewhispererwyosurvival

    SUPER SWEET.
    I wished I would have got to talk to her. great one Jack.
    I will be in touch with her.

  3. beewhispererwyosurvival

    how do we do that

  4. Ha, with your talk of sheep I thought “spin farming” meant “growing fiber and raising sheep to spin into yarn”. Also thank you to Christine for the discount on her online course! And for the interview, for that matter.

  5. Jack or anyone else interested in sheep, I recommend getting a few ram lambs in the spring, do rotational grazing and then slaughter in the fall. This way you can dip your toe in without worring about breeding; without committing to a specific breed; separating the sexes; lambing; storing hay; and on and on…

    I sort of wish I had done that. Nope – I dove right in. I did get some good stories out of it though…

  6. Finally getting to this one. The wife mentioned the podcast to me the other day because you guys talk about meat goats.

    I’m in the process of buying Boer goats right now for intensive grazing using electronet fencing. I’m 100% convinced this is the way to go. I’m getting 2 pre-pregnant females (the bucks are top show bucks). If i wanted to have them bred back again next year I can do it (costs money, and moving them but that is what it is).

    Been QUITE the process getting this going.