The “hub” of the urban homestead – outdoor solar shower, composter, garden/animal feed shed, parking for bikes, homebrew biodiesel operation, garage (for packing produce and other crafty projects like soapmaking) , solar oven and edibles (figs, bananas, grapes, tomatoes, herbs, huckleberries and more)
Blackberry and Lady Fairlight say “good morning, where’s our breakfast?”
Simple & practical. The urban homestead kitchen with homegrown, preserved goods
Early summer garden
PTF is going to be re-launching a new improved online resource and social networking site for urban homesteaders – a site by urban homesteaders for urban homesteaders. Just goes to show how our readers donations and support are being put to work — and we can still use your support for our growing efforts. So, if you haven’t already donated (even a small amount helps) or purchased something from our nifty online store please consider supporting our outreach efforts.
We are hard a work putting the site together and will be looking for UH contributors to develop the content. Interested?
The current urban homesteading movement 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 one’s 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. – Jules Dervaes
With that in mind, head urban homesteader has put together a list of “Elements for the Modern Urban Homestead” which will be featured on the new site. With a nifty widget Jordanne is developing you’ll be able to “rate your urban homestead” — sorta like a guidepost for the modern urban homestead movement.
Elements of the Modern Urban Homestead
Copyright 2008 Path to Freedom
Listed are the 10 KEY FACTORS that define an urban homestead in the 21st century. The principle that underlies all these factors is that urban homesteading is a way of life-a journey towards a sustainable and self sufficient life.
While these 10 factors make up the “ideal” urban homestead, it is understood that individual circumstances vary greatly and that many of these factors take years to implement fully. Therefore, the urban homestead will be a work in progress (we’ve been whittling away at it for 20 years).
I. Grow your own FOOD on your city lot.
More than 50% of diet, organically, on an urban lot (approx. less than half an acre*) with visually appealing landscaping. *Depends on square footage of house, location, and climate zone.
II. Use alternative ENERGY sources.
E.g., solar, wind, in conjunction with energy efficiency and conservation measures to reduce usage.
III. Use alternative FUELS & TRANSPORTATION.
E.g., bio-fuels and/or alternative methods of transportation (bicycle, walk, public).
IV. Keep farm ANIMALS for manure and food.
Practice animal husbandry.
V. Practice WASTE REDUCTION.
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without, compost it, re-purpose it.
VI. Reclaim GREYWATER and collect RAINWATER.
Practice water conservation and recovery.
VII. Live SIMPLY.
…in the manner of past eras. Develop back-to-basics homemaking skills, including food preservation and preparation.
VIII. Do the work YOURSELF.
Learn to do home and vehicle maintenance, repairs and basic construction.
IX. Work at HOME.
Earn a living from the land or hand work done at home. Develop a homebased economy
X. Be a good NEIGHBOR.
Offer a helping hand for free. Urban homesteading is a community-based way of life, not a business opportunity. Be a neighbor, not a business person.