Take The 2012 Urban Farm Handbook Challenge

You’ve read Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver. You’ve watched Jamie Oliver and vowed to eat healthier, organic and local food. You want to make some changes, but where do you start? The Urban Farm Handbook Challenge, of course!

Twelve months, eleven challenges and one reflection month, all on your schedule and at your level of ease.

How can you say no? Throughout the Urban Farm Handbook Challenge we walk you through a year’s worth of change from grains to dairy to vegetables to protein. We offer you both simple and crazy ways to get you on the bus. But now it’s time to get real. That bus is coming for you. Will you get on it?

To help convince you, we’re rounding up other inspiring bloggers to host monthly challenges. And I’ve got to say – I’m super excited about these hosts and challenges and I think you will be too. Let’s check them out:

February: Soil building. It’s too early to garden outdoors in most parts of the country but we can ready our soil. We’ll learn about worm bins, green manures, composting, biochar and amendments with some fun prizes thrown in for random winners.

February prizes from our sponsors:

March: Home Dairy. Andrew from I Make Cheese and Eating Rules and Jennie Grant with the Goat Justice League will be your hosts. You don’t need goats or a cow to get started with home dairy. We’ll be learning about simple cheeses, yogurt, buttermilk and creme fraiche.

March prizes from our sponsors:

April: Gardening. It’s time to start sowing seeds indoors, outdoors, and in containers. Wherever you are you have room for something! Erica with NW Edible Life, Willi Galloway of Diggin Food and Jessi Bloom, author of Chicken Gardens will share all the dirt.

April prizes from our sponsors:

May: Foraging. Hank Shaw from Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook and Langdon Cook from Fat of the Land will be challenging you to find food on the fly.

May prizes from our sponsors:

June: Botanicals. Laurie from Common Sense Homesteading and Sharon from Woodwife’s Journal will be looking at herbal oils, teas and tinctures to keep you glowing and healthy, both inside and out.

June prizes from our sponsors:

July: Seed Saving and Winter Gardening. Bill Thorness, author of Edible Heirlooms will share how to save your own seeds from the garden or farmer’s market and get you on your way to winter gardening. It feels strange to think about winter in July but you need to!

July prizes from our sponsors:

August: Preserving. From eating seasonally and cellaring to fermenting with Wardeh of Gnowfglins.com and canning with Marissa McClellan of Food in Jars, there will be something for everyone this month.

September: Bartering. Kate Payne, the queen of food swaps and author of Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking will walk you through the process and Rachel Turiel of 6512 and Growing will show you how to make a late season concoction, perfect for bartering in case you don’t have any extra home canned goodness come barter season.

October: Protein. Choose your own challenge, from hunting with Tovar Cerulli to backyard meat and eggs to purchasing a whole animal to growing your own beans or making your own tofu. Find out how to make responsibly-sourced protein affordable.

November: Grains. With temperatures dropping and holidays on the way, it’s time to put on a few pounds with baked goods and homebrew. We’ll be baking with whole grains and brewing with all grain mash. No processed flours and malt syrups here!

December: Handcrafted holidays. Drop out of the ultimate commercial machine. We’ll look at home crafting gifts and simplifying the holidays. Slow down and celebrate the reason for the season.

January: Reflections and wrap ups. We’ll share our triumphs and failures in a highlight format. This will be your chance to shine or come clean and develop your personal 2013 goals.

This challenge will be what you make of it – the ultimate in crazy or just dipping your toe in. So join me, won’t you and take the pledge now? Add a little more urban farm to your life in 2012 by taking the challenge.


89 Responses to Take The 2012 Urban Farm Handbook Challenge

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  2. This looks so freaking fun!!!

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  4. gidgetnfroggi {twitter}

    Oh my gosh I’m so in!!! and so excited to start this challenge!!! is it to late to join?

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  6. This looks like a bit of fun. I’m hopping on the bus!

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  19. I missed the 2012 challenge. How do I sign up for notifications about 2013 (The Mayans just have to be wrong. I have too many things to do!)?

    • Annette Cottrell

      It’s not too late! Just jump right in and then work backwards to complete previous months as well. Have fun!

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  23. I’m so excited about your challenge. I mentioned it along with my potential barters for September at my own website where I am trying to explore the sustainability thing on a fast food budget. I will try and grab a button soon too!
    Please check out my blog where I am also collecting reader stories!

  24. very helpful for urban communities

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  26. I am so excited to have come across your website and your book. I can’t wait to begin the challenge this upcoming year! Thanks so much for your inspiration and information.

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