About Farming My Backyard

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.

About Kathryn

About Kathryn Robles from Farming My Backyard

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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22 thoughts on “About Farming My Backyard”

  1. Hey, Kathryn! I was thinking you might like to participate in one or more of these things. First, I have a children’s garden/homesteading board on Pinterest that I’d love to have you join. Here’s the link: http://www.pinterest.com/homesteadlady/childrens-gardenshomesteading/. You’ll need to follow the board so that I can send you an invite.
    The other thing is, I’ve started an FB group for LDS whole foodie types (or those trying to figure it all out), called Health in the Navel. You actually don’t have to be LDS to join if you have friends who would like to, but we’ll be talking about the Word of Wisdom and LDS doctrine and churchy “stuff”. If you’d like to join the group, just send a request. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1400750780203555/. Cheers!

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  2. we currently live in Portland, OR and have chickens, dogs, & cats. We are getting ready to get some goats, so we are really interested in your newsletter as goats are a new experience for us. We also use raised beds for gardening. We have around 5,000 sq. feet of space.

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  3. Hi Kathryn,
    My husband and I went to Reed, so it is fun to hear you are in Portland. I am writing because I am a poet and one of my preferred topics has always been my backyard. We raise chickens, berries (3 kinds), tomatoes, and many fruit trees. I am looking for a place to send some of poems. Do you have any advice for me? Do you ever include poetry in your newsletter? Your family looks just wonderful by the way! I was an elementary teacher for 43 years and your girls are adorable!

    Regard and thanks,
    Beth Mills

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    • Yup, Reed is not too far from us! That sounds fun. I’m not accepting guest contributions right now, but you may want to check with From Scratch Magazine (www.fromscratchmag.com). They are an online homesteading magazine that may be interested. If I think of anyone else I’ll let you know!

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  4. My goodness, your children are adorable! You are blessed to have 3 daughters (remember that …blessed 😉 ) I too have 3 daughters and 2 sons. Liam will definately have an insiders advantage to girls when the time comes. Enjoy!
    I really like your site. We are military and lived in Sherwood, OR for 4 years. Great area for what you are doing.

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    • Thank you so much! It can get rather shrill and pink over here, but we love it. Right now Liam walks around calling princess carriages “trucks.” 🙂

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  5. I just live in Vancouver, WA and I wanted to see if you sell rabbits. We are looking to get our homestead started with a trio… Or do you know someone that is interested in selling rabbits? Thanks

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    • All the babies I have right now are one litter from a brother sister pairing. Fine for eating, but not the best quality breeding stock. Have you checked Craigslist? That is how I found mine. Your local feed store may have some, or know of some breeders in the area.

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  6. Hi Kathryn – I stumbled upon your site while looking up DIY composting toilets and decided to poke around some more! I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your relaxed, clear manner of presenting information and your creative, practical ideas. I’ve been looking more into self-sufficiency and preparedness recently, but am currently living in more-or-less the suburbs for the foreseeable future, so space is an issue. Plus, my backyard is shady unfortunately. Most importantly, although you mention how your tips can be useful to those prepping for survivalist scenarios, that is neither the tone nor the focus of your site. I greatly appreciate that, as it allows me to look at these ideas as simply a different way of living and do not generate anxiety about what gloom and doom I might be preparing for. Thank you again for your efforts to share this knowledge and the way in which you do.

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  7. Thank You Kathryn for Sharing With Us a Brilliant Idea, l learn From You How to Raise Chickens For Meat & Eggs in Small Space. Another One is the Tips for Caring and Breeding Rabbit. Here in Tanzania Rural Area we Still Keeping Organic Chickens But the Challenge Chickens Disease. Major Problem is to identify the Disease which Chicken Suffering.Your Knowledge Propelled Me to Keep Moving on that Business,Thanks.

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