The first question on the path to creating a sustainable homestead is: Where should I live? Find out how population and topography characterize a town and use a simple method to map your region and locate and research the right-sized town for your home.
Resiliency education, if it is to be effective, should reach the masses and this poses the most difficult challenges in an urban setting. The Homestead Atlanta is a folk school dedicated to empowering communities in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Workshops include useful heritage crafts and new age sustainability innovations to offer a curriculum designed to integrate fruitful skills into the everyday.
When I first started gardening in this place, I was surveying my four by ten raised bed of greens with pride one afternoon. “You really are a farmer, not a gardener,” a friend observed. Take this short quiz to see if you are a gardener or have slid into the realm of "urban farmer."
By composting meat, vegetables, paper and all organic material in your trash, you can reduce waste by more than 50 percent!
You do not have to have “land” to farm. You can farm where ever you are. A 10th of an acre is enough and, on some days, more than you would want to can handle. Make the best use of your space, care for your soil, be thrifty with water and enjoy the garden and the fruits of your labor.
While we can all agree that naturally preserving our harvest is better for our food budgets and for the environment, not all of us have practical space for a root cellar. But with a little bit of ingenuity, you can store homegrown (or farmers market) produce while enjoying the conveniences of city living.
“You don't have to move to live in a better neighborhood.” Half of all Americans live in suburbia. It’s true that suburbia is on the receiving end of a lot of social, economic and environmental criticism with much of that criticism well deserved. While some of these criticisms may be justified, at the same time, suburbia offers enormous potential to become a critical new frontier for deep changes in our culture and economy through principles of suburban permaculture.
St. Paul, Minnesota, not only allows front yard gardens and promotes growing vegetables in containers, but encourages residents to beautify the boulevard with plants, including edibles.
Keeping bees with neighbors in the city or the burbs.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares how she built a cheap greenhouse out of mostly scavenged materials - and how you can, too.
Ziggy Liloia examines two poignant books, Paradise Lot and Gaia’s Garden that turn the idea of needing lots of space to grow ample food on its head.
It takes a village to build a backyard chicken coop.
On-going series on my family's efforts to raise urban chickens in our Minneapolis backyard.
Rabbits are an ideal source of high quality meat for urban homesteaders.
How living more sustainably can save you in an emergency.
OK, you’ve got a start: where to get equipment, groups to join, classes to take, and mentors to hook up with. Now’s the time, before you have bees, to take a long hard look at some of the rest of the things you need to be thinking about.
Leaving the rental home we had lived in for three years in Carmel Indiana, to move back to Kangaroo Valley, Australia has meant more than losing the plot and getting the flock out of there!
You can easily make homemade mozzarella in 30 minutes or less!
Julie Lavigne relates her grandparent’s home in the city, a modern homestead for their time, and proves you can live a self-sufficient lifestyle in an urban setting.
Growing potatoes in containers allows you to increase your yield in a small amount of space.
Deciding on urban beekeeping may just mean hosting a hive - some of the honey and none of the work!
Don't let your wanderlust for more space hold you back from creating your homestead in the city.
I am new to America, and new to the suburbs, having previously lived in rural Australia. I now live in suburban Indiana. During the past two years I have been trying to set up an "urban homestead" for our family. The neighbors are curious and amused.
Finding wild morel mushrooms growing in our urban backyard means plenty of marvelous meals.
Skip the packaging and synthetic chemicals and learn how to make your own, cold-processed shampoo bars.
All the hard work of planting, weeding and watering comes to fruition in a bowl of berries and a plate of golden potatoes.
Bounty is in the eye of the beholder — whether it be a bowl of perfect berries or millions of maple seeds.
For a natural looking wood finish, use a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine.
Keeping a garden journal helps you know which varieties you grew were successful, which were not and how much you harvested from each.
It may not be Spring, but spring fever is in the air along with the need to dig in the dirt, plant seeds and eat fresh vegetables.
You can get more for your gardening money with a group seed starting effort.
Coffee bean chaff — the light, airy husks blown off the beans during roasting, can be used as chicken coop litter, mulch and compost. Chaff can usually be found for free at local roasteries.
Wherever you live, you can practice sustainability and share your successes with your neighbors.
Lyanda Haupt talks about the challenges and rewards of protecting her chickens and garden from local wildlife.
It's fall, time for fall garden clean up and planting garlic for next summer's harvest.
Planting flowers and vegetables that are attractive to honeybees will help to bring these garden pollinators into your yard.
Look for local foods, such as fresh peaches, from your local farmers' market to make delightful summer desserts such as peaches and cream.
All of the work of readying the garden and waiting for it to produce is worth the wait once the harvest begins.
The garden is growing better than I could have expected in the raised beds at my "new" urban homestead.
Using natural products, such as grass clippings and homemade organic fertilizer, can turn the worst clay soil into an acceptable growing medium.
This historical neighborhood, with a strong sense of community, offers the feeling of small-town living.
Creating new no-dig garden beds is easier and quicker with raised-bed stakes and two-by-six lumber.
Moving to an urban homestead is a challenge, but the boxes are getting unpacked and the birds are at the feeders.
Making the move to a historical neighborhood will offer an opportunity to develop community ties and try some new gardening techniques.
The Self Sufficient-ish Bible and accompanying Web site offer some universal tips for urban self-sufficiency.
Help you children learn how to be conscientious, active citizens of their cities and environment. These activities are useful and easy to incorporate into everyday life.