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  1. My mother in law gave me your book for Christmas, because she knows this is an interest of mine and because she is friends with Joshua’s mom, Terry. I am loving the book and your blog (that I stumbled on while googling “local grains” haha), but we live in Peoria, AZ, so many of the things you can grow there we cannot here. Do you know of anyone like you that lives here? I really need connections for locally grown produce and grains. I have a few ideas and am visiting a farm in Scottsdale next week that is a resource as well, but thought asking you might yield even more information. We will be building our first chicken coop soon – so excited!! :)
    Thanks for your book – it has given us the kick in the pants we needed…been thinking this way for awhile, but only had a minimal garden til now. Hoping to expand soon, but taking each step as we can so as not to overwhelm and make us want to quit.

    Jill Creed

    • Annette Cottrell

      Jill sorry this one got lost! I don’t have any connections in AZ and I suspect the farm scene there is totally different. I’m excited for your chickens as well! I think winter gardening for you will be the easiest since it’s so hot there in the summer. Good luck!!

  2. Have you tried your orange marmalade with minneolas or tangerines?

  3. Somewhere on this site (or the old one) did you write a post about having issues getting one of your little ones to put on weight? Or was it a different blog completely (in my sleep deprived state, that could totally be the case). If it was you , Annette, could you point me in the direction of that particular post? Thank you so much!

    • Annette Cottrell

      Sara it might have been the first chapter of the book that I had on here for awhile. What I found worked best was offering a large number of choices and making everything offered as nutrient-dense as possible. Bacon, cream, home made ice cream with lots of eggs and small amount of sweetener, same with pudding, french toast, baked oatmeal with lots of eggs, quiche, hummus dip, potstickers, avocado, cream cheese and butter on everything, cheese, smoothies, cheesecake, eggnog. Home fried foods (in healthy oils like coconut). Anything that would kill a diet basically. Give them lots of choices, all mom-approved. And remove anything that is nutrient-deprived like crackers, booty, cereal, chips. All the things kids want to eat naturally. :)

  4. I am half way through the book. It’s awesome. We live in Puyallup and have a greenhouse. We always have canned and are thinking about chickens. I have two questions? 1-Even if you didn’t watch TV much, how did you find the time to do everything and work too? 2- Where would I find a group interested in a canning exchange like you have in Seattle?

    • Annette Cottrell

      Hi Michele,

      Just do one thing at a time. :) I didn’t sleep much that first year quote honestly and I’m so over that now but at the time I was coming out of the hidey hole of young children and really needed to follow my dream. Many of the extra things I did happened between the hours of 11 and 2 am ( and definitely the blogging!) Backyard Barter is one local group that organizes food swaps in Seattle. Joshua and I have have organized several of them now, the third and last one this year was with Backyard Barter at the Seattle Farm Coop annual fundraiser in the fall. You can also find friends and churches and other social organizations and do your own. I would look for a local Transition Town group and start there. Good luck! And thanks for commenting.

    • Judith Ann W. Miller

      We live in the same area. My husband I relocated here from the midwest last year and are getting started on our ‘Heritage’ farm and ‘Heirloom’ garden. I also am a huge ‘canner’ and we have chickens. We should get together and compare notes some time!

  5. I bought and read your book “The Urban Farm Handbook”. I read several sections twice. One section that was very intriguing to me was the one on Kefir. I was hoping that you might know where I could get some starter grains. I am in the Phinney/Ballard area.

    • Annette Cottrell

      Thanks Rob – if you join the Seattle Farm Coop (yahoo group) you can post and certainly someone on there will have grains for you. They are everywhere!

  6. I love what you’re doing with this site and the challenge. I don’t know if anyone has contacted you yet about the February meeting of Sustainable NE Seattle, but the topic is being hosted by the Urban Farmers Guild. “Grow Your Dinner, From the Ground Up” is the title. It would be great if you could attend and talk more about the challenge.

  7. Annette Cottrell

    Hi Keith,

    I would love to but I have to much on my plate this month. I had a few extras like three classes at the Country Living Expo and now two presentations for the Flower and Garden show. Do you have a contact for the UFG and maybe I can deputize someone over there? :) I’m really looking forward to February being over! It’s fun but wow. Too much fun.

  8. I’m glad you’re busy. I know you’re a member of SustNE, you can go to the UFG and see a list of all our members. It would be good to have someone speak to this Challenge project that you’re promoting. I’ll be speaking about our Sodbuster’s program, helping people remove sod and jump-start the installation of garden beds, after all, any planting other than lawn is an improvement.
    Personally, I’ve always loved February, but maybe that’s just because I’m a Pisces, but it also has something to do with the “false-Spring” that often occurs this month, and are enjoying now. It was 58 F here in my garden!

  9. Hi Annette-
    I liked your book The Urban Farm Handbook. I noticed though that you listed “Sungold” cherry tomato as a favorite. I agree Sungold is really delicious however you may not be aware that Monsanto owns the patent now that they own Seminis seed company? Just wanted to let you know of this. I don’t buy Sungold seeds anymore since I learned this. (I’m not opposed to hybrids however I can’t abide by Monsanto).
    all the best,

    • Annette Cottrell

      Judith, you are absolutely right and I no longer buy sungolds either for just that reason! Thank you for pointing that out so that others can see the information as well. :)

  10. Annette,
    Really enjoyed your talk at the show yesterday!
    Do you have an e-mail addy that I can contact you with?

  11. Thanks Larry – it was great to meet you! You can send me a message on FB would be the safest way this week since my inbox overfloweth right now.

  12. Hey guys,

    Great challenge, but I’m confused a little and hope someone can help me. I thought by commenting on the challenge page I’d be getting updates to keep me motivated in this year-long challenge – I assumed updates were emails. But maybe I assumed wrong. I’ve yet to receive anything so I came back on here to find out what’s what. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Take care,

  13. Hi Barrie,

    I know it has not been totally clear but I’ve been positively swamped this month and then trying to round up prizes and co-hosts. This week I’ll be doing another post and then will be doing a final linky post so everyone can show what they’ve done. From that post I’ll be doing random prize drawings.

    You’ll want to keep checking the blog here and where I direct you for future challenges. I believe you can add this blog to your google or other reader or sign up for the rss feed so that you get new blog posts but just commenting on one entry will not get you that. I’m glad you signed up though, because it helps me get more and better prizes by having more people signed up. Hopefully this is clear!

  14. Ana Sofia Knauf

    Ms. Cottrell,

    Hi, this is Ana Sofia from the book discussion at the U-Bookstore this past Tuesday. I am finishing up my story about the event for City Living. My editor was hoping to have some photos to accompany my story. I have a few photos that I unfortunately had to take on my iPhone, so they are not fantastic.

    Would you be able to e-mail me a few photos of your garden to use along with my story?

    Let me know. My e-mail is


    Ana Sofia Knauf

  15. Annette,
    Thank you for letting me come over to meet you and your goats. I had a really lovely time, your farm is wonderful.

  16. I just found your site and I have a lot of reading to do here! I will forward your information.

    I do vegetable garden videos. Search for me at thevegetablegardener on YouTube.

    My hopes are to inspire my friends and clients to get started with a vegetable garden of their own. Even if it is only growing some food in pots on your deck! I hope you find these videos helpful but more important, I hope you see the importance of learning how to be a bit more self sufficient. With the increase in the cost of fuel and the droughts in our country, the cost of food is going through the roof! Availability of food may soon become more of a problem. My thoughts are that those who can grow food will have food that is both better for you but by having a garden, you just find yourself eating better because you have this food!

    Let me know what you think



  17. Hello,

    I am a scientist at the University of Washington and am trying to get the public’s help with our research on bees in the city and urban farming. Is there any way you can help me spread the word? I would love it if you could send out a tweet, post on facebook, or even just tell a friend about our work. We have just 23 days to raise $1600 to keep the project going for another year. I’ve attached my latest update and you can find a couple of photos of our youngest citizen scientists in action on our facebook page under Urban Pollination Project.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance,

    Susan Waters, Urban Pollination Project

    Interested in food security, sustainable local food, urban farming? Want to know how pollination–the process that helps flowers become fruits–relates to the Christmas traditions and foods you’ll enjoy for the next 12 days?

    Tune in to 12 days of pollinator-friendly Christmas, courtesy of the Urban Pollination Project, a local Seattle citizen science research project focused on bees and urban gardening. We’ll post news every day between now and New Year’s Eve about how pollinators relate to Christmas cookies, holly and ivy, chocolates, and, of course, pear trees.

    Learn what bees have given you! And while you’re at it, consider giving back–the Urban Pollination Project needs 160 more people to give $10 to gain a minimum amount of funding to continue the project next year.

    You can also check out the updates, news, and information on our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter.

  18. Marilee Schneider

    Hi Annette,
    I am fine tuning the WSU Snohomish County Extension Growing Groceries mentor class for 2013. I would like to have you contact me regarding possibly joining us in a panel discussion. You can also call me @ 425-754-2445. Thanks,
    Marilee Schneider
    Master Gardener- Growing Groceries Mentor and coordinator.

  19. Dear Annette,
    My name is Raoul Perez and I live in North Seattle in a 7000sq/ft lot. Over the last 5 years i have been attempting to transform my backyard into an edible landscape and, more recently, my neighborhood into a gardening community. Through these efforts I am realizing I may be interested in what you describe as a COA. I am wondering if it may be possible to visit your farm sometime and hear how you went (are going) about creating a COA? Please let me know if this would be a possibility at some point this year. Thank you.

  20. I just wanted to know if you knew about this website:

    It’s actually defunct now, but followed these guys in Toronto doing the DIY thing out of their apartment. I used to love it! I have your book and am diving pretty full into it and had my first taste of raw milk last week! I gotta say, I expected it to taste more different than milk (silly in retrospect)…but the cream was amazing. As I drank it and made my own butter, I got such a sense of agency. I’ve made my own skin/hair/household products for awhile, but this felt like the first real step towards my dream of self sustenance (we want to build an off grid home as well). Thanks for being such a thorough, informative catalyst.

  21. Hello -

    We would like to ask permission to use an intensive gardening photo of yours for a photo collage video we are putting together on square foot gardening.

    • Annette Cottrell

      Hi Eric, which one? Sorry I nearly missed this. I am getting about 600 spams a day and having a hard time sorting through things.

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