To me, Urban Homesteading is simply homesteading on a small scale. Growing your own food and living a simple lifestyle that is respectful of the land you live on.
That’s what I have been doing for the last few years.
About 4 years ago, my daughter urged me to start a vegetable garden. She thought it would be fun to grow some veggies and persuaded me to allocate a section of our back yard to our new endeavor. We dug up a sizable chunk of the backyard and planted our pumpkins, zucchinis, tomatoes, basil, peppers, beans, peas and carrots.
Together, we enjoyed watching the garden grow and delighted in each opportunity to pick a harvest. I really owe her a lot for encouraging me to plant that garden, because something clicked. Something inside me said “yes, this makes sense…this is what I need to do”.
From that point forward, I have enlarged the garden every year, amended the soil, studied gardening and homesteading and have really felt comfortable and at peace.
I look at urban homesteading as practice for whenever the opportunity presents itself for homesteading on a larger scale. Self reiance is something I was raised with. I learned canning, cooking and sewing from my mom and grandma. I also learned little bits of Do-It-Yourself skills from my dad, by helping him with projects. Our homestead was a daily lesson in simple living and it has served me well. Skills are something that can never be taken away.
From a practical standpoint, these skills are very valuable:
- Growing your own food is healthier for you
- Gardening is good exercise and you get lots of Vitamin D
- You save lots of money being able to make things or fix things yourself
- If there is ever a zombie apocalypse, you’ll be a very valuable person with all those mad skills! 😉