Posts Tagged ‘Urban Homesteading’

Les Urbainculteurs

I’ve posted before about Todmorden, England, but I had no idea Quebec was doing so much with urban edibles! This is fantastic and really inspiring to see a city so committed to food security, beauty and empowering locals. Other cities could easily copy this model, and I hope they do!

Les Urbanculture uses the Big Bag Beds and Smart Pots I mentioned Continue reading

This Guy Knows Everything about Gardening and Food Preservation

Whoa! I found this blog  while trying to figure out what to do with the massive volume of collards I only harvested to stop them from shading out other plants. This wasn’t an intentional harvest, just a quick tidy up, and I had more than enough for smoothies, a huge massaged collard salad, and a gallon more of chopped greens. I wanted to know if I could just freeze them without blanching, and according to Kevin, who truly appears to know anything and everything I’ve ever wondered about gardening, indoors or out, says yes, some people do just freeze their greens. If you blanch them, they’ll last 8-12 months in the freezer, but I’ll just use up this gallon sooner. Today was not a day for big pots, boiling water, timers, and ice cubes. Today was a day of planting spring bulbs and harvesting tomatoes!

After dinner, I decided to poke around a bit more on “A Garden for the House ~ Home & Garden Inspiration from Kevin Lee Jacobs.” Move over Martha Stewart! This guy knows how to get Mr. Meyer Lemon Tree back to fruitful. He knows what to do with my hydroponic lettuce containers, and he knows how to propagate so many African violets that surely a few will survive. Actually, he recommends propagating African violets in the hydroponic lettuce containers, so that’s two answers in one. He knows how to make frozen herbal “cigars” for quick seasoning … and how to … well, it seems Kevin knows how to do just about everything from planting, to rooting, to harvesting, to blooming, to winter sowing, to forcing bulbs, to really easy food preserving.

I don’t normally wax so enthusiastically over blogs. OK, sometimes I do, but those blogs are usually run by homeschooling housewives with five kids and result in conversations with David that go something like: “Seriously, how do these people do it?! I mean, how do they have time with children? Do they put the kids to work? Ohhh, you know, they must! Because otherwise, how do they have time to knit, can, plant, make all these amazing little crafts and clothes, tincture their own herbs, keep bees, write seven ebooks, run a monetized blog, Instagram, FaceBook and etsy accounts, and run a full on homestead? I mean, c’mon. They. Make. Their. Own. Rugs.” I wind up impressed but mostly flummoxed that these people must know secrets about bending time that even I don’t know. Either that, or they put the kids to work… In any case, they remind me that no, I’m not really a homesteader. I just play one in our yard….

Anyway, I digress. Kevin Lee Jacobs has got the goods. Practical, prolific, and easy information for anyone who wants flowers in January, farm fresh taste all year, no nonsense recipes, frugal decorating tips, plus super detailed articles and extensive, attentive comments on what to do when, and how. I just had to pass along the link, because Kevin Lee Jacobs rocks so much he makes you feel like you can, too.

Inspiring Urban (Rental) Homestead in the Desert

Urban Homestead Grows Fruits, Vegetables & Animals in the Desert

John Kohler visits and tours a Las Vegas rental property, sharing tons of clever ideas for growing in less than ideal climate and circumstances. I cannot believe how much food this guy has growing in a small place! Whenever I’ve visited Las Vegas, I’ve felt assaulted by the arid heat. This little duplex must feel like a complete oasis in the desert, and you’d never know how much he has going on there just looking at the front of the house. Definitely worth a watch if you live in the desert or somewhere “too hot to grow anything.” I enjoyed it even though I no longer live in the desert, in part because I once tried gardening in Northern New Mexico and gave up when I realized what an “impossible” task it would be. If you know what you’re doing … or even if you’re willing to experiment … you can do just about anything these days. 🙂

Urban Homestead Available Near Salt Lake City, UT

I don’t know this woman, but I’ve followed her delightful blog for quite sometime. Apparently, she and her family are moving, which leaves their urban 1 acre homestead ready made for anyone with an interest in such things near Salt Lake City. Have a look if you or someone you know feels led to this sort of lifestyle … or, just check out her ever informative and entertaining blog! Cheers …

How to Utilize Every Square Inch: Radical Home Economics on 1/12 acre and a 900 Square Foot Home

Thanks, Ann!

Self-Reliance in L.A.

“Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne have been farming their yard in Los Angeles for over a decade. In addition to a mini orchard and extensive veggie garden, they have all the instruments of an urban homestead: chickens, bees, rainwater capture, DIY greywater, solar fruit preserver, humanure toilet, rocket stove, adobe oven. But they don’t like to talk about sustainability of self-sufficiency, instead they prefer the term self-reliance.

“‘I don’t like the goal of self-sufficiency, I think it’s a fool’s errand to chase that goal,’ explains Knutzen. ‘I think we live in communities, human beings are meant to live, and trade and work together. I think self-reliance is okay, in other words, knowing how to do things.’

“Knutzen and Coyne share their tinkering, DIY and small scale urban agriculture experiments on their blog Root Simple and in their books ‘The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City’ and ‘Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post Consumer World.’ They believe in the value of shop classes and old-school home economics (back when you learned how to make things, not shop for things).

“For the couple, their true goal with all of this self-reliance is freedom to live as they please. By growing their own and canning, pickling, preserving, freezing and baking their own breads and beans, they live frugally. They also only own one car (plus a cargo bike), one cellphone and no tv. ‘I think a lot of it has to do with our overdriving ambition to be free,’ explains Coyne, ‘makes being cheap fun, because it means you can be free.'”

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*Cameraman Johnny Sanphillippo also films for the site Strong Towns: