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Backyard Farming Blogs

Updated on February 24, 2014

A Collection of Backyard Farming Blogs & Other Information

I love reading about backyard farming. I am doing a bit of it myself, with aspirations of doing more. I have chickens, a vegetable garden and a couple of rain barrels. I enjoy reading about what others are doing and how they are doing it. It makes me very excited to see someone else doing something I think I can add to my own backyard farm.

A fair number of urban and suburban backyard farmers are writing blogs about their experiences. I wanted to organize all of those interesting blogs into one place so I could easily find them again. Perhaps this will also be helpful to others who enjoy reading about how others are managing their backyard farms.

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Backyard Farming Blogs

Farming Blogs

These are some backyard farming blogs I enjoy reading.

I have fallen in love with a few bloggers that are not in urban or suburban settings, but are operating from a similar mindset as mine. Here are some rural homesteaders I enjoy reading!

More Information About Backyard Farming

Here are a few more websites that I enjoy reading to get ideas or solutions for my backyard farm.

Urban Farm in My City

I am so inspired by seeing what other people are doing in their backyard farms! This is a video of a guy in my city, Louisville, Kentucky. He lives in a very high density area of the city, and it is amazing to see how much he is able to grow in a very small space. The video is almost 20 minutes long, but if you are like me and find this kind of thing exciting then it is well worth the time to watch. I have watched this several times.

The first part, while they are in the kitchen is a bit slow in parts, but once they go back outside it moves fast and will definitely hold your interest. I hope you enjoy as much as I have!

15,000 Farmers - An Initiative in Louisville, Kentucky

Check out what 15,000 Farmers is doing in Louisville. This community group is helping people learn how to grow their own food in their backyards and urban gardens!

My Backyard Farming Lenses

An Urban Farm on Flickr

An Urban Farm on Flickr
An Urban Farm on Flickr

Backyard Farming on Squidoo

rain barrel
rain barrel

Rain Barrels for Your Backyard Farm

I use my rain barrels just about every day. I have two of them. One is next to the chicken house and near the garden. I use this one daily.

The other rain barrel is on the far side of my backyard. It is my backup barrel, in case the first one goes dry (which it never has). I have used it for watering plants and washing my dog. It does not get daily use, but it is nice to know it is there for emergencies.

This water barrel is huge! A full 75 gallons. Mine are 50 gallons each and more than adequate for my current needs. Besides an attractive appearance, this water barrel will stand up to temperature extremes. This rain barrel is highly recommended by customers. This would be my choice if I were shopping for a new rain barrel!

Kyoto RBSS-75 75-Gallon Rain Barrel, Sandstone-Finish

A Worm Composter for Your Backyard Farm

I love the idea of worm composting. You can do it in a small space, even under your kitchen sink. You feed the worms your kitchen scraps and they turn them into fertile castings for your garden.

Worm Factory 360 WF360G Worm Composter, Green
Worm Factory 360 WF360G Worm Composter, Green

The Worm Factory 360 has a standard 4-Tray size which is expandable up to 8 trays, giving it the largest volume of any home composter. The redesigned lid converts to a handy stand for trays while harvesting the compost. An instructional DVD with step-by-step guide for managing your Worm Factory 360 is included. The accessory kit provides basic tools to make managing the Worm Factory 360 easier. Built in "worm tea" collector tray and spigot for easy draining.

backyard greenhouse
backyard greenhouse

A Greenhouse for Your Backyard Farm

A greenhouse is next on my wish list for my backyard farm. I want a place to start plants, and I want to try my hand at some winter gardening. I eat a lot of greens, and a greenhouse would be perfect for growing some fresh greens through the cold months. I cannot afford a permanent greenhouse right now, but one of these may be just what I need! They are very affordable! I like that!

The roll-up windows allow for cross ventilation and climate control, and are equipped with insect netting to help discourage pests that can damage young plants. Wing Nut assembly does not require tools. It has a sturdy, rust resistant frame. Decorative powder coat finish matches valance on cover and walls. Translucent fabric is UV protected for long life.

Spring Gardener Gable Greenhouse, 6 Feet X 8 Feet X 7 Feet

Whether your backyard farm consists of a container with a tomato plant in it, a window sill herb garden or an elaborate operation featuring raised beds, sustainable irrigation and livestock, we want to hear about it. Tell us about your backyard farm!

Tell us about your backyard farm!

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      paul-hill 5 years ago

      You have inspired me! Thanks for all the good tips. I can not have chickens in my yard. The city will not allow it. But. I can do the rest--good tips

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I enjoed reading about your backyard farming. I am an avid backyard farmer myself and really enjoy all the freat food I harvest every year. I have started a blog to share my experiences, you can find me at

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      Miha Gasper 6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Backyard farming has great potential in modern economy.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      |Love reading about backyard growing.

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      My backyard farm is growing slowly but surely. I hope some day to add chickens. Your intro photo is inspirational.

      Blessed by a Squid Angel! :)

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      Love the whole concept of backyard farming! I've done it throughout my life. I'm restricted now but I still grow stuff however I can. Blessed

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Terrific information, all in one place, for the backyard farmer. I like the fact that you have so many resources here. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Enjoyed stopping by and seeing this article, thank you.

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      earthybirthymum 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great lense! I love reading about small farms, urban farming etc.

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      Inkhand 6 years ago

      Great gardening lens.

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      LooLooBird 6 years ago

      This is an AWESOME lens! I will be returning several times to get links to those blogs! I, too, want to have a backyard farm someday! (Well, again. I used to have my own home and had a garden, chickens, bees... then I moved and now live in an apt, but I'm already looking for my next home and the number one detail? BIG YARD)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a massive garden back home in New Hampshire, but right now we're living in Brazil (which I'm starting to write about here on Squidoo). I have a feeling it's going to be in pretty bad shape when we get back, but I've been establishing the square-foot method and it's pretty great. Thanks for this great collection, and I hope to have one listed here one day!

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      Airyu2011 6 years ago

      I have a nice backyard organic garden and now I compost nearly everything for fertilizer, great lens!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I have 3 tomato plants going right now. Guess that doesn't quite qualify as a backyard farm. Wait, I have basil and cilantro too. No chickens or goats though.

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      flycatcherrr 6 years ago

      I love this - loads of inspiring ideas!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      It just makes me want to be more self sufficient. Hard to believe but backyard farming IS kind of exciting. Love the info compiled here! :)

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      DreamsBloom 6 years ago

      I live in a small town, that is somewhat more rural than urban. So although most of my neighbors don't do this, it isn't too uncommon to see chickens or goats in some of their backyards (and sometimes see chickens in the road that have escaped). And it's probably more common for people to have gardens in their backyards. Sometimes I think I would like to try having a few chickens and have a small garden. So I love seeing your lenses about this subject.

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      ChrissLJ 6 years ago

      My town also has dozens of community farms for people who are unable to farm in their own yard. This ranges from set aside land at community parks to individuals who have volunteered part of their yard to their neighbors. Last summer I even taught a class at the Health Department for teens about community gardening. (Our local health department is located in a poorer neighborhood and families who qualify for WIC may have a community garden plot there.)