Homestead Tour? Er, sorry. I have to say no.

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Thursday, April 26, 2012 8:43 AM

Like other Urban Homesteaders / Farmers in the SF Bay Area, I get a lot of e-mails from people who are interested in coming to my place and checking out my set up.  I kept thinking about writing a blog post about why I turn 95% of these requests down.  But then my friend Rachel at Dog Island Farm wrote an excellent post about this very subject.  So rather than re-invent the wheel, I will point you to this post instead.

I had to deal personally with an incident on my own homestead about a year ago.  That's when I really started curtailing tours.  And the truth about my new goat is that I got her because activists went into her previous owners backyard, scribbled a threatening message on her shed, and then left two gates open so her goats could escape.  Luckily, they ate some tasty foliage in the front yard and didn't meander the short 1/2 block to a major street.

Incidents like these have been escalating recently.  So for my own personal privacy, safety and security as well as that of my animals, I no longer give tours to people I don't personally know.  Like Rachel, I do offer consultations to those who are interested in starting or expanding their own homestead.  I work on a sliding scale, so feel free to e-mail me if you'd like me to come visit your site and give you advice.

And thanks for understanding.
Kitty

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