Hi! We are the Fry’s!
When 2020 came around, Logan and I were both working from home in a 650 square foot rental. With limited space inside and out, it became obvious that we needed to move.
Enter our brick ranch from the 80’s smack dab in the middle of the suburbs.
For as long as I remember, I have felt a pull to raise my own food and Logan is the most adventurous eater I know (which makes us a good pair), so, when we dreamt about our future it always included acres and acres, with room enough for everything.
Our dry and dusty, standard suburban lot in northern Colorado was a far cry from our dream farm but we set to work establishing garden and infrastructure to grow food that sustains ourselves and our community, empower home cooks in their kitchen, and produce handmade products.
Welcome to the Farmette! We are so happy you’re here!
Current and Projected*
sq ft lot
sq ft of available yard space
Excludes: house, driveway & patio!
sq ft dedicated growing space
sq ft dedicated pollinator lawn
drought tolerant, native wildflowers & clover
sq ft dedicated medicinal & tea growing space*
sq ft dedicated vegetable & cut flower growing space*
trees: apple, pear, cherry, apricot*, peach*, nectarine* & plum 5-in-1
berries: blueberries, loganberries, elderberries
perennial herbs & vegetables
rhubarb, asparagus, rosemary, oregano, lavender etc.
Grow Our Own, when possible
How will we do that on such little property?
- Grow Food in the Margins – tuck food in to established garden bed, pots, raised beds. Anywhere and everywhere
- Grow what we eat
- Succession Planning
- High Yield Varieties
- Cut and Come Again
- Raising laying hens and meat rabbits for reliable animal protein source
As suburban growers, we are never going to be able to do it all. There are foods (citrus!) that won’t do well in our climate and a dairy cow would not thrive on 1/16th of an acre.
Whatever we can’t raise ourselves, we first look to our network of like minded people, local farms and suppliers before branching out to grocery stores and other major suppliers.
Right now our “lawn” is made up primarily of dangerous weeds like foxtail and goat head burrs.
Soon, both the remaining portions of lawn will be converted to native wildflower meadows to create a pollinator paradise.
In back, the vegetable garden, espalier orchard, and drought tolerant perennials will provide a much needed source of pollan and nectar to the birds and bugs.
Reduce Food Waste
By composting our food waste, man made carbon, and yard waste we are able to divert more than 90% of our waste to the landfill.
We compost in a few different ways:
- Bokashi Composting – all of our food scraps start in a bokashi bin
- Hot composting – yard waste, bokashi, and other carbon sources make the majority of our bed amendments
- Vermicomposting – we have had our worm colony for several years now. They do a great job of providing compost for our indoor and outdoor potted plant amendments!