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.