Hi!  Thanks for visiting Farming My Backyard!  I’m Kathryn and I write about my family’s adventures creating an urban farm in Portland, Oregon.  We have a small lot, just 5,000 square feet, but we try to utilize it as best as possible, even if that means overcoming my black thumb or having chickens taking a dust bath under the trampoline.

I never expected to find myself farming in the city, or farming at all, but it turns out I love it!  What’s better is love talking about it and sharing what I’ve learned with others.  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.

About Farming My Backyard

Here on Farming My Backyard you can expect helpful articles about creating your own urban farm and homesteading in a small space.  I want to help you be prepared to succeed with becoming a little more self reliant!

I love talking about raising backyard chickens for both meat and eggs.  Our little egg laying flock provides most of our eggs for our family, and the occasional batch of meat birds can really stretch throughout the year.

We keep rabbits for meat, and I like to share tips on caring for and breeding rabbits.  We have American Chinchillas, but the principles are the same for other breeds as well.

I’m a bit of a bookworm, and I think everyone should have an idea of what to expect and how to deal with potential problems, so you’ll find plenty of book recommendations on various homesteading topics.  I usually get mine from the library or a neighborhood lending library, but sometimes it’s nice to have your own copy that you can refer back to repeatedly.

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We had goats as a part of our urban farm for four years.  I wrote quite a bit about how to care for goats during that time, and even though I ultimately decided that they required too much space for our small property to be sustainable, I love goats.  If you don’t mind dedicating the space, you should absolutely look into getting goats!

You’ll also find that I occasionally dive into topics such as other breeds of small scale animal husbandry such as bees or quail, homemaking, cooking, and sustainability.  And even though gardening is not my forte, it’s getting to the point now where I’ve killed enough plants that a few of them have stuck around, and I like to share my mistakes so others don’t have to repeat them!

About Kathryn

About Kathryn 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.  My first love has always been fantasy books though, and bonus points if there’s some real life survival tips in there.  Most often I spent my time outside with a book or a notebook, so writing about gardening and urban homesteading really is a blending of several of my interests!

I grew up in Southern California and am a California girl at heart.  The ocean.  Love, love, love the ocean  I moved away to get my Bachelor’s of Science from Brigham Young University, then spent 4 months working in orphanages in Romania before moving to Portland.

My family includes my husband and our four children.  In addition to the livestock, we also have a dog and an assortment of cats that like to hog the bed.

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