Urban Homesteading Series #1
What is an urban homesteader?
The Dervaes family in California – home of the “urbanhomestead.org” defines it as “Pioneering a journey towards self-sufficiency – one step at a time”. The Dervaes have “transformed an ordinary city home into a productive city farm that produces over 6,000 pounds of organic food annually on 1/10 of an acre (66 x 132 foot lot) and provides other subsistence needs – with the goal of reducing their family’s environmental impact and returning to a home-based, family-centered and self-sufficient way of life”. They also run a daily blog called “Little Homestead in the City”. You can also find them on Youtube. They are truly inspiring !
New trends shown in gardening magazines for 2012 include "urban homesteading". For those who have been growing their vegetables in an urban setting, this will be old hat to you, but now has become “fashionable”. Maybe now my neighbours won’t complain if I turn my front yard into a vegetable garden too. There has been much media hype about the 100-mile diet and now it’s trendy to have your own 100-meter diet. A couple years ago I started my own 100-foot diet – see my post on “Simple Gardening”.
So what is an urban homestead? It’s a home where self-sufficiency is practiced through growing their own food and storage, reducing their environmental impact, increase their self-sufficiency and living simply.
In posts to come I will share my journey in becoming an urban homesteader. But in the meantime, here's another short clip on backyard farming which is also very inspiring and will get your ideas flowing on how you can city farm in your own urban backyard.