Greeting the morning sun
We are experiencing a winter heat wave with temperatures in the upper 70’s to low 80’s. The sunshine is offers us a welcome respite from the recent cold snap and heavy rains.
Citified Farm Animals.
Yesterday we received a phone call from a PTF follower in Minneapolis, Minnesota who going to before his city council to try and change the city’s regulations on goats and bees. He expressed interest in following the example Seattle set in allowing goats as pets and wanted the “authority on urban homesteading” to make a statement he could present before the city council. Jordanne took the phone call and she expressed concern over such passing of laws if certain infrastructures weren’t in place.
Remember when Disney came out with the hit movie 101 Dalmatians there was run on people wanting to have that type of dog. The fad slowly faded and people were left with high strung dogs which sadly put a strain on animal shelters. Without proper agencies and infrastructures set in place for bees and other farm animals they too may fall victim to overzealous newbies who don’t fully understand the responsibilities that come with raising farm animals – especially those that require milking. Bees swarm sometimes get diseased, animals get sick, goats for milk need to be bred and then you need to deal with pregnancy. Where then do these farm animals go after people realize that they weren’t up to keeping such animals? So such laws need to be implement with careful thought and adequate infrastructure since you are dealing with living things and so we stated:
The current urban homesteading movement, founded by Jules Dervaes in 2001 and documented at PathtoFreedom.com, is a positive trend in American society. Within certain parameters, it has the potential to revitalize families and, thus, towns in our long tradition of self-sufficiency and independence. Homesteading in the city requires responsibility to ones neighbors and fellow citizens. When it is undertaken with such a foundation, this way of life yields rich rewards of experiencing the rhythms of nature and the wonders of animal life. Municipalities need to provide basic information, services, and clear, helpful regulations related to keeping carefully selected farm animals in urban settings. In turn, homesteaders must demonstrate a commitment to learning about and caring for their animals in a humane and respectful manner throughout the entire lifecycle. All parties working together can make a positive impact at the grassroots level in a world needing practical solutions to the challenges it faces.
From the Inbox
Hello,I am Marcela and yesterday I arrive for the first time to Path to freedom.com ,I want to say that I was gratefully surprised of what you do,and as I am beginning working with organic vegetables and bees,to see your work was very stimulating hope that you can continue with your beautiful work and I will be looking at your web to learn all about the interesting information.Best wishes!MarcelaSantiago-Chile
New Journal Launch
If all goes well, sometime next week! Even though the new journal will be lacking some new design elements, we are just going to go ahead with launching what we have already done. We have an idea/concept for the “Little Homestead in the City” (whoops, the “new title slipped out *grin*) graphic logo for the top of the page– a cityscape with chickens, garden and small home in the foreground but just didn’t get around to finding someone to help with the design. But that and a few other tweaks can always come later.
Have a good weekend!