What Urban Homesteading Means to Us

It’s about security and health. But most of all it’s about community. Not just the urban homesteading community, but the community we live in.

Our security comes from knowing where our food comes from and that as long as we know how to grow it and raise it, we’ll always have it available. It’s about knowing what’s on and in our food. It’s about eating food that a corporation hasn’t touched and adulterated so far from it’s natural state that it’s no longer distinguishable.

But it’s the community. The community is the part I love. We have met some wonderful people in the urban farming/homesteading community that we are honored to now call friends. It’s about people that ask us questions and being able to help them be successful.

And it’s about helping feed our community. Extra food goes to our neighbors. It helps build relationships with them. And when your have good relationships with your neighbors it means that we all watch out for each other – a must in our community.

I’m not sure when I first heard the term “urban homesteading.” It may have been through Kitty, from Havenscourt Homestead when we first met her back in February 2010. It could have been when I was looking at books on being self sufficient while living in cities and came across The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series).

Here are a bunch of other homesteaders – urban, suburban and rural – that are part of our wonderful community at home and abroad. Go check them out and say hi from me!

100 Mile Locavores
After the Crash
Animal Instinct
Annie’s Kitchen Garden
Cadence Dairy Goats
Champagne Wishes and Coupon Dreams
Chile Chews
Cookers Urban Homestead
Curbstone Valley Farm
Deaf Dogs and Benevolent Gnomes
Drinkable Garden
Eating More Local Chard
Ghost Town Farm
Greenhorn in the Garden
Havenscourt Homestead
It’s All Happening
Itty Bitty Farm in the City
Jimmy Cracked Corn
Kitchen Sink Collective
My Little Garden In Japan
Northwest Edible Life
On Hollyhock Farm 
Pineheaven Farm
Pluck and Feather
Rachel’s Tiny Farm
Root Simple
Sicilian Sisters Grow Some Food
Soul Flower Farm
Teufel Hunden Farm
The American Society of Permaculture
The Original Henry Milker
The Wisdom of the Radish
Through the Eyez of Denimflyz
Town Mouse and Country Mouse
Urban Dirt
Yellow Tree Farm

Speaking of community. If you live in the SF Bay Area, don’t forget that we’ll be having a potluck on April 30th to welcome Spring. Email me if you want to be added to the invite list.

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