Welcome! I’m Kathryn Robles editor and writer here at Farming My Backyard.
I’m the author of three urban homesteading books, Baby Steps To Backyard Chickens, Backyard Chickens: How To Have A Happy Flock, and Backyard Orchards. I’ve also contributed articles for Mother Earth Living and Grit.
If you need to get in touch you can reach me via email at kathryn (at) farmingmybackyard (dot) com.
Here on Farming My Backyard you can expect advice on simple living, urban homesteading, and living a more eco-friendly life.
I never expected to find myself farming in the city, but it turns out I love growing my own food! When people talk about chickens being the gateway drug to farming, they aren’t kidding!
We brought home our first chicks in spring of 2010 and haven’t looked back since. We started with a small lot, just 5,000 square feet, but we utilized every inch of it. I’ve even managed to overcome my black thumb! (Mostly).
Raising environmentally-aware kids in an 880 square foot house means learning how to be minimalist and what really matters in life. There isn’t any room for fluff (well, except for fluffy chickens!).
As our family and homestead grew, it became apparent that it was time for us to get a bit more elbow room, along with a second bathroom!
We learned how to manage our finances and live frugally, so when an opportunity came to move closer to family in San Antonio, Texas, we jumped!
We now of have a debt-free home on a 1/2 acre lot, a small flock of bantams, solar panels, water barrels, and plenty of garden space and fruit trees.
I love sharing what I learn with others, so I hope you’ll stick around for advice and inspiration on how to live more fully on less.
Even from a small age I could be found out wandering the yard, occasionally sampling the dandelions or trying to make rope out of yucca fibers.
After graduating from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Psychology, my husband and I married and moved to Portland, Oregon.
Here we started urban homesteading and raising our family while my husband, Edward Robles started his tax preparation business as a Certified Tax Preparer and IRS Enrolled Agent.
My family includes my husband and our five children. In addition to the chickens, we also have a dog and an assortment of cats that like to hog the bed.
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