• Growing Food

    Small can be beautiful and productive. Food production on city lots can be challenging with many factors to deal with – from neighbors’ trees and house shadows to…


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  • Energy

    Living in an 1917 craftsman house helps/assists us with our low energy use. It was built before “central anything” but our home had high ceilings, many large windows…


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  • Transportation

    Living in the city (especially Pasadena) one can easily get around without a car – thanks to buses, trains and bike lanes. Within walking distance of the homestead…


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  • Farm Animals

    Since the 1970s  bees, chickens and goats have been part of our lives and journey towards a more self-reliant lifestyle.  Animals play a vital and integral part of…


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  • Waste Solutions

    Modern homesteading life requires one to become a more conscious consumer by reducing, reusing, and recycling efforts. We believe even the most simplest of steps makes a big…


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  • Water

    Water is a vital and precious commodity for semi arid city dwellers. Though we are dependent on the municipal water source for most of our water (digging a…


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  • Living Simply

    The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s…


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  • D.I.Y

    Like pioneers and homesteaders of old, our sustenance and living come primarily from our small patch of ground. We strive to live simply, make or make do when…


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  • Home Economy

    Prior to the industrial revolution, it was common for folks to work at home or small village shops. At the height of the eighteenth century, farming was the…


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  • Community

    As the world faces ever-increasing dangers because of its dysfunctional systems, there is a critical need to look ahead with a new vision, a vision that is a…


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