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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  1. Cindie K. says:

    I do have something to say: it’s nice to have a reminder of the definition of urban homesteading. Sometimes, when one works full time in the “outside world”,it’s easy to lose motivation to return to that simpler life that you all model so beautifully. Thanks!

  2. Pego Rice says:

    You guys have been an incredible inspiration for so very long. I have told people for years to go and check out your “Path To Freedom” I do confess to being puzzled and distressed at the changes I now see, and a rather alienating and divisive stance. I can only wish and hope that you all can find your way through this overreach without undermining much of what has made you such wonderful, informative people. You are due quite a lot by anyone’s estimation. It is a shock to see more than that demanded, tho.

  3. EDWARD MUR says:

    I like the proposal is something that will hopefully take shape in the world that we live much better
    Thanks for everything, a beautiful proposal

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