Sunday, February 20, 2011

I Am an Urban Homesteader


ur·ban  (ûrbn) adj.
     1. Of, relating to, or located in a city.
I've got that covered.
home·stead  (hmstd) v.intr.
     To settle and farm land, especially under the Homestead Act. 
Hmmm. Maybe we should look up what exactly "farm" means.
farm  (färm) n.
     1. A tract of land cultivated for the purpose of agricultural production.
     2. a. A tract of land devoted to the raising and breeding of domestic animals. 
Well I engage in one of those definitions, but do I practice agriculture?
ag·ri·cul·ture  (gr-klchr) n.
      The science, art, and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock; farming.
Yup. Since there is no size requirement, I'm an urban homesteader according to The Free Dictionary.  Let's see what Wikipedia has to say.
"Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of simple self-sufficiency." (Note that this definition was last modified on January 22nd, 2011, almost one month prior to the debacle.)

Let's see; In the city of San Francisco, I raise goats for all things dairy, chickens for eggs, grow as much of our produce as I can, knit, sew, preserve, build (love my drill gun), cook most things from scratch, re-use, re-purpose, recycle, act as my own accountant, make my own toiletries (soap, deodorant, hand creams), produce energy (with solar panels), make my own music, and a whole bunch of other things that I'm sure I'm forgetting. I learned the majority of these skills from my super crafty, homesteady (and they didn't even know it) parents. They learned to knit, sew, preserve, bake, build, and raise livestock from their parents. Life used to work that way and I am extremely fortunate that my parents felt these skills were important enough to pass on. Most people my age weren't as lucky in that regard.

I am proud to be a jack of all trades, master of none. It's a great life. It's MY simple life on MY URBAN HOMESTEAD where I am URBAN HOMESTEADING. Without trademarks.

(If you are confused, see this post from a couple days ago.)


  1. Fantastic! You are an Urban Homesteader!

  2. I am now a faithful follower! Yay for Urban Homesteaders!

  3. I think I LOVE you! And you're so close! I'm in the East Bay.
    This whole debacle is wonderful if for only one reason - all the new blogs I'm finding and people I'm meeting (virtually).

  4. You are indeed lucky to have learned skills from your parents! Great post, and best wishes to you and yours.

  5. Thanks Mrs. Homegrown (and everybody else who commented)! I'd just like to say that I loved your book and it appears that someone who farm sat for me did too as they walked off with my book and I haven't seen it since :) I'm making sure that I pick up a new copy in support of your cause and also because I think it's essential stuff for anyone trying to do this self-sufficient life thing in the city. I'm so honored that you read my blog!!!!

  6. Love the dictionary definitions! Nice touch :) And three cheers for parents who teach their kids homesteading skills!

  7. Excellent! I'm a new 'Follower' Can't wait to read more!

  8. Right on. Check out Canadian Doomer's take on this attempt to appropriate something that has been in the public domain since the early 70s.