About Us!

Russ Missy Sept 2015

We’re a 4-person family, living in slots for fun, a mile from downtown Reno. And we raise at least half of our food on 1/8 acre.

Actually, my husband and I grew up in small Idaho towns.  We gardened, canned, raised our own meat…we knew how to operate a needle and thread to make our clothes last longer. Now, the ends still refuse to meet and we have two children of our own. We also have knowledge, relaxed municipal codes, and an amazing landlady who lets us utilize our tiny space.

Since we started Ames Family Farm, we’ve gained a small following and a larger reader base within Backyard Poultry Magazine and Countryside and Small Stock Journal. Currently we’re collaborating on several books and a podcast, in addition to trying to save the world one girl at a time in Africa.

Old habits are back in style, and now they have a new name: Urban Homesteading.  It’s more than a hobby to us. It’s how we make it work. And happily.  Care to join us?


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