Just a stone’s throw from an 11 lane freeway, A birds eye view of our 1/5 acre urban homestead ( 66 ft x 132 ft)
The large building that runs behind and alongside our home is a school
A closer look. You can see the 12 solar panels on the garage. On our house, the metal roof and in the back and front yard our intensive food operation. If you look closely, I think you can spot someone there among the raised beds!
Another view: you see our animal yard and get the sense how small our property is. With only 1/10 acre growing space, we are showing that small can be beautiful and productive. How much is a 1/10 acre, you ask. Well, if an acre were a dollar, we are growing our food on 10 cents!
First, want to welcome all new readers via MEN’s newsletter that re featured its article about our AMAZING & PROLIFIC URBAN HOMESTEAD
Feel free to introduce yourself are you just starting our or are you a seasoned homesteader? Share how big your place is, your growing efforts, if you have any backyard barnyard and any other self reliant, back to basics skills you are doing to turn your ordinary home into a homestead.
Moving from the country to the city in 1985, we brought a bit of the country/homesteading life with us; however, the beginnings were painfully slow. The house needed a lot of work and the soil was a wreck due to years of neglect. But that didn’t affect Farmer D – he saw potential and went on the motto “do what we can, where we are, with what we have, now.”
25 years ago we started on a journey towards living a more sustainable life here in the city – for years we quietly did our own thing (living simple low impact life, planting a garden, keeping bees, cooking in solar oven, etc.)
As the years passed, we became more and more aware of food and environmental issues and we wanted to do something – but what? We’d never have the influence of Greenpeace or Organic Consumer Association – what could we, as individuals, do to protest against this downward spiral of consumerism and corporate take over of our food supply.
Well, looking at ourselves first, at what we were doing and how we chose to live was a step – a living protest.
When it was decided to share this journey online back in 2001, no one really had an idea that from a little “LA” city lot tthe modern urban homesteading movement was born.
Now there are clusters of urban homesteads in Berkley, Chicago, Denver and even here in Los Angeles where folks are striving to live a sustainable life in the city. Nine years later, some have made a call to to make urban homesteading a new year’s resolution or some have even written that urban homesteading movement is a growing “phenomenon”
Although this kind of life was common in the past and people have always grown food or raised chickens in their backyard, etc,, the description and the use of “urban homesteading” to apply to a modern 21st century city life wasn’t really defined. Having been the first modern urban homestead model, we’ve been asked so many times about what we feel defines an urban homestead. What, EXACTLY, is it?
Jules Dervaes, the protagonist of the modern urban homesteading movement, came up with these 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/reliant life.
While these 10 factors make up the “ideal” urban homestead, it should be understood that individual circumstances vary greatly and that many of these factors take years to implement fully. Therefore, any urban homestead SHOULD be a work in progress (we’ve been digging away at it for over two decades).
:: Field Hand Appreciation :: LS $50 EM $100 Thank you so much for your generous (tax deductible) donation. These funds will be put to good use – we need some printing done and working on a new, updated power point presentation for January. Also we’d like to purchase public screening liscenses for a few new documentary’s so we can screen at our Film & Food Nights