The Urban Farmer
Ramblings about growing, harvesting, fermenting, brewing, cooking, drinking and eating in suburbia.
I'm a lover of food and experimentation with food. I live in Perth, Australia on a small suburban block with my tortured family who are constantly subjected to my never ending projects and food related experiments. I have possibly the most understanding wife and patient children of any person I've met.

I love experimenting with food; growing, harvesting, brewing, fermenting, pickling, cooking and eating food in all its various forms. I have been a homebrewer for over a decade, which is probably where this all started. Homebrewers are a strange bunch, generally a combination of scientists, artists and tightasses. I like to think I'm a little bit of all three. The scientest part of me wants to know what makes food tick, where it comes from and how it ends up as it does. The artist looks for ways to make beautiful beer that can be appreciated. And the tightass just wants to save money in the process. Luckily homebrewing ticks all these boxes, but so do many other urban farming projects.

I like to know what's in the food I eat and drink. I grow my own vegetables, not only because it cuts down on the number of trips I have to make to the store, but also because I can guarantee that it is pesticide free. My children know where their vegetables come from and they enjoy eating food that they helped to grow. We raise chickens for the eggs, and because they are just plain awesome.

In addition I like to experiment with fermentation of all sorts - beer, vegetables, vinegar, kefir, kombucha, sake, rice wine, and so on and so forth. It's a never ending parade in my head of the things I want to do. When I die, I'm estimating I will have done about half of these things.
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