Farmer in the City




Melissa Turner

Location:  Hawkins, TX

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Other

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  We are turning 2 acres into a homestead. We want to be self-reliant and create a homestead that is as close to Zero-Net as we can get.


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  • Posted by: Melissa Turner on November 19th, 2012 at 07:44 am

    Wow...Thanks everyone!! This is awesome! Here's an update on the homesteading. 1) I just took some courses on canning from a neighbor who was all too eager to pass along her knowledge. It's been kind of chilli out so not much has been done with the pond. I'm also looking into enrolling in the Ploughshare Institute for Sustatinable culture. I'll learn beekeeping and many other essential things to live a self- sustaining life.

  • Posted by: tyler on November 18th, 2012 at 05:47 pm


  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on November 18th, 2012 at 02:21 pm

    Congratulations on being farmer of the day!

  • Posted by: Wong88 on November 18th, 2012 at 07:48 am

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Melissa Turner on November 9th, 2012 at 07:30 am

    I was watching "This new house" & this zero net house used a closed pex loop around the septic to heat the home. Has anyone done this or know anything about it? I'm guessing it works like a geothermal system but using the septic.

  • Posted by: Melissa Turner on November 4th, 2012 at 04:36 pm

    The picture with the brown grass is the site of the pond.This picture is the before stage, I'll update it with a during stage when I get back to the cabin.

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on November 3rd, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I admire your goals. I like the idea of homesteading. Got any more pictures of your progress so far?

  • Posted by: Melissa Turner on November 1st, 2012 at 02:34 pm

    We are planning on getting some chickens and we are in the middle of digging a small pond. Once the pond is done, I want to stock with some fish and maybe some ducks. Does anyone have any advice?

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