From Flowers To Food

This last summer I had the delightful experience of visiting an urban homestead in Crystal Park. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this area, it is a high elevation neighborhood of Manitou Springs, just to the east of the city proper. Crystal Park is higher in elevation than the rest of Manitou Springs (which is higher than most of Colorado Springs) and is on the fringe of the city limits. This neighborhood is adjacent to wilderness, and as such has intense wildlife challenges many of us don’t have to deal with.

The homestead I visited belongs to Nancy, her dog, her cat, her chickens, and her bees. While Nancy did suffer a traumatic bear attack to her chicken coop since I visited, her homestead is still intact and continuing to produce. (Check out where she placed her hive to keep the bears away from her bees). Nancy’s homestead is beautiful, as she started gardening with flowers before vegetables. Her flower beds are second to none, and her vegetables now rival any other plantings on her place.

Nancy’s infectious can-do attitude is evident in the number of projects she’s taken on (and succeeded with), and in her proactive response to the challenges we face in our world today. Take a look at the video below and enjoy the tour of Nancy’s little urban farm – you’ll pick-up a little inspiration along the way.

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10 Responses to From Flowers To Food

  1. Leslie October 16, 2015 at 8:57 am #

    Thank you, Christine. What an inspiring profile to share . . . and a challenge to all of us to not consider the obstacles or the financial constraints (when possible), but to forge ahead with purpose. I also liked the reminder that community is vital.

    Have a blessed Fall season . . .

    • Christine October 22, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

      I think Nancy is such an inspiration. 🙂

  2. Tom October 16, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    I noticed that you have a fence around the garden. You might consider getting some anti-raptor netting to cover the garden and letting the chickens free-range it: they’ll help take care of the bugs and fertilize the soil. Just a thought.

  3. Sandra Knauf October 16, 2015 at 9:08 am #

    Loved it! You’re doing great, Nancy, it all looks beautiful (and isn’t it FUN?). I’ve never seen jet black tomatoes. Are they ‘Indigo Rose’? Do you like them for taste? Wow – they’re amazing. 🙂

    • Christine October 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

      Aren’t those tomatoes just gorgeous!?

    • Nancy October 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

      They are Indigo Rose and I really liked them. Unfortunately, a deer managed to jump the fence and she really liked them!

      • Christine October 26, 2015 at 6:55 am #

        Ah Nancy, so sorry to hear that! Those tomatoes were just gorgeous!

  4. Robin October 18, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

    Lovely story Nancy. Thanks for sharing it Christine.

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