It’s challenging to look at the overall running of the urban homestead and figure out what could be done better, which new projects should be incorporated and so forth. When you’ve line dried clothes your whole life or planted a garden for as long as you can remember, it’s even more of a challenge for us longtime eco-pioneers to work on what sustainable steps are next in the journey.
Each of us urban homesteaders has personal challenges. One that’s most important to us all is acquiring more back-to-basics skills and know-how and that will be a lifelong journey. Then there are the everyday challenges – small steps that eventually make a big impact. Also there’s to consider what challenges we will face in the future, what steps can we take now to lessen the steep learning curve that will come with the ascending “Peak” (peak food, peak oil, peak water)
Of course, it’s sometimes overwhelming to look at the big picture without freaking out, throwing up your hands in despair, or heading for the hills.
Head Urban Homesteader always reminds us that, “Change starts with I.” So, I have to ask myself, “What can I do?”
One of many personal challenges will be to better preserve the homestead harvest. I’ve even started to “no-poo” (working on a few months now). Instead of using shampoo, I just rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar and herbs (rosemary and sage) – homegrown of course! So far so good.
There’s also working on localizing even more of our food staples or changing our diet all together.
Then there’s this on my list and that, and this one. Ah, that’s right! Small steps…. first.
Care to share your small steps and challenges that you face on a daily basis?
Hmmm, I’m suspecting there’s another web challenge afoot…
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