Simple, Self Reliant Living
Now that the urban homestead movement is well, “trendy” So, what’s in a name? What is this movement of urbanites who are growing their own food, raising barnyard in their backyards and “putting up” in the kitchen?
Urban homesteading is about taking a step backwards and living a more simple, purposeful life but doing it in an inner city environment – surrounded by the modern world.
Last year we published the 10 Elements of an Urban Homestead – to help you define the steps in establishing your very own self reliant plot in the city.
Now for some bonafide definitions.
Urban Homestead [ur-buh n hohm-sted]
n. 1 a suburban or city home in which residents practice self-sufficiency through home food production and storage.
n. 2 the home and garden of a person or family engaging in sustainable small-scale agriculture and related activities designed to reduce environmental impact and increase self-sufficiency.
n. 3 a name describing the home of a person or family living by principals of low-impact, sustainable self-sufficiency through activities such as gardening for food production, cottage industry, extensive recycling, and generally simple living.
USAGE IN A SENTENCE “My neighbors’ urban homestead is so productive, they’re able to live entirely on food they grow themselves.”
Urban Homesteading [ur-buh n hohm-sted-ing]
v. 1 the act of transforming a city or suburban home into a property that produces some or all of its residents own food and other subsistence needs.
v. 2 participation in home-based activities such as gardening, raising poultry or small livestock, producing simple products through cottage industry, minimizing consumer purchases, and generally seeking ways to increase self-sufficiency in a city or suburban environment.
v. 3 the creation of an urban homestead with the goal of reducing one’s environmental impact and returning to a home-based, family-centered, self-sufficient way of life.
USAGE IN A SENTENCE “Their urban homesteading started with a small vegetable garden, but over time they become so self-sufficient that the family could sustain itself in the middle of the city without working any outside jobs.”
Urban Homesteader [ur-buh n hohm-sted-er]
n. 1 a person who practices self-sufficiency through home food production and simple living in a city or suburban environment.
n. 2 a person who transforms a city or suburban property into a home that produces some or all of its residents own food and other basic needs with the goal of reducing environmental impact while increasing self-sufficiency.
n. 3 someone participating in the movement of 21st century eco-pioneers striving to create a better world for themselves and others by exemplifying a self-sufficient, sustainable, ecologically sound return to home-based agriculture, industry, and family life.
USAGE IN A SENTENCE “One urban homesteader’s garden can feed his whole family—and serve the greater community good by demonstrating how other families can live more sustainably too.”
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