Currently the term homesteading applies to anyone who is a part of the back-to-the-land movement and who chooses to live a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle. While land is no longer freely available in most areas of the world, homesteading remains as a way of life. A new movement, called “urban homesteading,” can be viewed as a simple living lifestyle, incorporating small-scale agriculture, sustainable and permaculture gardening, and home food production and storage into suburban or city living. – Answers.com
What our definition of urban homesteading would be is a sustainable movement of 21st century eco-pioneers who are striving to create a better world for themselves and others. In the vast metropolitan wilderness of modern cities, eco-pioneers are ones who are taking steps backwards to learn skills and gain valuable knowledge of growing their own food, raising farm animals, implementing appropriate and alternative technologies and transportation, and building a more homegrown community.
Since 2001 Path to Freedom has been a leading proponent of the modern urban homesteading movement. Just in the last year, thanks to rising gas and food prices, we’ve seen an up swell in city folks turning towards urban homesteading as a social, environmental and political statement.
Though we have yet to write a book, as one person so rightly put it, “Your book is your website – you put your life online (in writings and photos) for the whole world to see.”
Having urban homesteaded for over 20 years (and before that, 15 years of rural homesteading) and now that urban homesteading has an official definition online, we’ve come to realize that even though now this movement may be “official” and even “trendy,” there’s something deeper to the urban homesteading lifestyle and meaning.
And I think this spirit is what resonates with our journal title ‘Little Homestead in the City.’ It’s about living a principled and purposeful life. Sharing that life with family and friends and making a difference and having positive impact where you are.
So call it what you like, urban homesteading, urban sustainability, self-sufficiency, there is a deeper meaning that lies behind and beyond such physical actions.
The spirit of the Ingalls family lingers in each one of us – to create home and to provide for family and to be good stewards is our only hope for survival.
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FG $25 AC $25 for the generous donation. If all goes well, there are a new, improved PTF website and journal in the works. Not to mention improvements to FreedomGardens.org and another urban homesteading and backyard farm animal social network site. Stay tuned!