a story of Southern agriculture

FarrrTHUR 20: The Farming Side of the City

Thank you for stopping by!  Let’s go FarrrTHUR with agriculture….in the city!



Urban Farmstead Friends


– Farmstead – the buildings and adjacent service areas of a farm


– Urban Farmstead – my definition – the homes of farmers-at-heart blooming inside the city limits where limitations are easier to see, but growth options are still abundant





My Farmer has a rare heritage – he grew up in a large Midwest city and then moved to the South to take over hundreds of family acres. Inheritance is often the easiest road to agriculture as far as acquisition of farming space goes, and we are thankful for his heritage.

Yet we are most often inspired in the smaller spaces, simply because these are the kind of spaces most farm-loving-people have.  Since we know the values paired with a life spent coaxing dirt into nourishment are no respecters of acreage, we delight in the backyards.

the raised beds.

the fifteen acres and a job in town that funds ag dreams.




We salute all who bloom where planted – conventional agriculture, organic farming, or backyards – our excitement is not measured by acreage, production volume or other efficiency considerations.


From patio pots to prairie pastures – we love cultivation motivation.  It’s the fuel of farm life.




So, today, I’d like us to go FarrrTHUR in agriculture to an urban setting. Please join me at my friend’s neighborhood dwelling inside a Southern city’s limits.  Their family of six includes a dad that loves to garden and grill, a mom that cooks total yum, and their herd of young men growing up in town with important emphasis on soil and blooms and cultivation right under their next generation noses.


Here’s how their literal garden grows:
Click the first image to enjoy a larger gallery view.





Because agriculture is so varied, I really only claim fluency in the beef dialect.  This means I learn so much from other growers about their specialties.  For example, from our urban farmstead friends I’ve learned how tall sunflowers really can be.

I’ve never stood beside a sunflower anywhere but this urban farmstead.  It is my sunflower agriculture experience.  That’s profound to me.


I’ve learned how hot peppers can really be…



…and now I sweat just looking at the picture…


…and know there’s a pepper scale out there that exceeds the “mild, medium and hot” of store salsa categorization.


And I’ve learned a long list of intangibles that make the tangible better – like seeing the value of where you put your time and with whom and how you invest it.




Thank you so much for touring with me today!  Wasn’t that glorious urban growth! I love to see such sprawl.

Our urban farmstead friends don’t see their life as gloriously as we do.  Do any of us every find our everyday as exciting as a spectator may?  Regardless, I just can’t help but find them inspiring.  Dad comes home from work and does family most every evening.  He celebrates volunteer tomato plants from last year’s unintended reseeding and Mom cooks up delicious dishes from herbs and vegetables he grows.  They grow ghost peppers I can’t even look at without feeling heat.  They raise their young men to have faith, education, street smarts and homegrown perspective – they grow food and they grow family with loving commitment.  It’s why I claim them as part of our FARMily.


Emily Grace



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Read this post at the Capper’s Farmer Magazine site.


14 Responses to “FarrrTHUR 20: The Farming Side of the City”

  1. Benjamin

    I’m both amazed and inspired! Great photos! Hopefully one day our “urban farm” will look as good! 🙂 Cheers, Ben


    • Emily Grace

      Thanks, Ben!

      My friends don’t think they’re doing anything spectacular, but you can tell they bring faithfulness and attention to detail to their home and home life. So, I say your urban farm may already be farther along than you suspect. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Emily Grace

      Liked by 1 person

  2. countrylinked

    Wonderful!! I love this part, “They raise their young men to have faith, education, street smarts and homegrown perspective – they grow food and they grow family with loving commitment. It’s why I claim them as part of our FARMily.” Well, I loved all of it, but this was my favorite quote. 🙂
    Laurie – Country Link


    • Emily Grace

      Thanks, Laurie!

      You and the mom in this post and I would have so much fun hanging out over coffee. You two ladies would enjoy each other as much as I enjoy you individually and I would be happy in the middle of great conversation. 🙂


      Liked by 1 person

  3. Burns Farms (@BFHerefords)

    Oh how special. I think it is nice to see our lives through the lens of someone else. I think it can help bring gratitude. I love that they are making the most of their space and the “growing” values they are teaching their children. I also thought the slideshow feature was really neat!


    • Emily Grace

      Thanks, Katie!

      You’re right. Other “lenses” are always more flattering than my own – like yours was a few weeks ago! Gratitude does follow. 🙂

      I’m glad you liked the slideshow feature. I’m still learning what my “theme” can do. That was a previously unused function.



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