This summer the season is ripe for more and more folks joining the modern urban homesteading movement. We are seeing more and more articles/books flooding the print and airwaves on the subject from growing your own food, raising backyard chickens even bees not to mention the preservation efforts that come with an abundant harvest.
Certianly a dramatic upswing in city slickers gettin’ dirty – hopefully the jump on the bandwagon is for the longhaul and that the trend continues towards a more sustainable future. After 20 years of urban homesteading our family has experienced the up and down sides of this lifestyle and we’ve come to gain a more deeper awareness in what urban homesteading requires of us as individuals.
I was causually chatting on the phone with a local writer who wants to interview us for a local magazine. She talked about the urban homesteading shift which I replied we view with both a mixture of excitement and caution. Simply because with a trend there are occasion for folks to jump in with their eyes not completly wide open especially when it comes to keeping poultry, bees and small stock. The writer who was a animal lover herself was very appreciative of our understanding and said that these deeper issues should be address more now that this sort of lifestyle has gone from hippie to hip. We also discussed the subject of front yard edible gardens and how athestics and beauty is hugely important when one sees people tearing out their lawns without thought simply to just grow food (making a reference to an article that highlighted a city dweller who ripped out the lawn just to replace it with furrows which had the neighbors not too thrilled)
Farmer D is a big proponet of if it’s different it should be beautiful. A question that we like to poise to newbie urban homesteaders is this “would you like living next to you.” The contrast between homesteading and urban homesteading is that we city dwellers are stuck in close quarters with our neighbors and part of a large community which includes the city we each live in.
Here are a few mentionables that feature PTF
and if you can read/understand Portuguese Brazil’s Globo News TV did a feature on our growing efforts which prompted a surge in Freedom Garden signees from Brazil. A warm welcome to you all.
And last but not least our homegrown social network FreedomGardens.org topped 5100 members! What a way to grow!
Don’t forget you can proudly display that you “grow your own!” with one of these colorful bumperstickes
All profits go towards helping Jordanne work on improving the FreedomGardens.org site (all the work is done in house so we really do appreciate and value your support)
Thank you and happy growing for 2009.