Friends and fellowship

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.

— Charles Dickens

Urban Homesteading not just about bringing food, goods, services closer to home but making the home center your life.   One of the steps backwards we have taken is bringing “socializing” home.  So much time these days is spent away from home.  As urban homesteaders on the sustainable path, we start reclaiming our back our food, energy, water and waste but what about our entertainment?

Folks from all walks of life, all ages are invited to take part in our ‘Saturday Socials’    It’s all about good food, good friends and good times (ah I can just here the Cheers theme song now) .

You never know who’s going to drop by!

For our most recent Saturday Social, Jordanne and I whipped up some scrumptious ‘slaw (homegrown red cabbage, carrots, turnip and fennel) swiss chard with strawberry salad dressing and a double batch of avocado chocolate cupcakes.  The buttery avocados were courtesy of Farmer Sergio – thanks!

So why not try it at your home .   One night a month, invite folks over young, middle age, seniors).   It just may become a tradition as we transition towards a more sustainable future building a homegrown community.

It’s time we take back control of our lives and start our own traditions.  Care to share how you have broken free and started tradition in your household?


  1. Deanna says:

    That is a brilliant idea. We have started something like that in our neighborhood. It isn’t as organized as a monthly social however, I see it turning in to that real soon. Everyone truly wants to know each other and share their ideas, questions about homesteading, or just to hang out. That is what homesteading is about building a strong healthy home which will reward its participants with a strong healthy environment and community. Now that is living! 🙂

  2. Tamlynn says:

    Even as a homeschooling family, we still struggle with not overscheduling our kids. There are so many fun classes, sports and other out of home activities that we can be swept up by all the choices and forget how to socialize with the most important people to us, our family members themselves. I try very conscientiously to have occasional days where we have no appointments or other commitments. Sometimes I even let my kids be bored (gasp!) and figure out for themselves how to spend their time. It’s amazing how they use their imaginations and even learn how to cooperate with each other.

  3. Jana @ The Summer House says:

    Yes! We do this. We get together with friend every Friday night. Sometimes the kids play together upstairs-they are all teens now and I love to hear their laughter. We adults have dessert and share our lives. I look forward to this all week!

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