A new generation of hobby farmers and urban homesteaders are leading the way to a more sustainable future. Here’s how you can be one of them!
If you live in the city, you may not think it’s possible to be a homesteader, but all it takes is a shift in your mindset to realize your homesteading dreams! Today’s modern urban homesteader understands that you don’t have to own acres of land or raise a bunch of livestock to live a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle.
The modern definition of homesteading is expanding to include anyone who makes a conscious effort to provide some of your own food and other necessities for your family using the resources you have available to you – regardless of where you live, or how much property you own.
You can be an urban homesteader too! Here are a few tips from UrbanFarm.org to help you make your homesteading dreams a reality, even if you live in the city:
How can you homestead with little to no land?
Growing your own food is a huge step! Even if you live in an apartment you can grow some of your own food. If you have a patio you can container garden. You actually have a few more options doing it this way as you aren’t tied to the temperature of your soil, the pH value, or crowded space. All you need are a few five gallon buckets, some soil, your seeds, sunlight and water. You may not be able to grow enough to store up in your freezer or by home canning, but you can at the very least enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. When colder weather arrives, you are even able to move your container garden indoors under a grow light and have fresh fruits and vegetables all year long.
Where I live, outside animals of any kind are not allowed… So, we’ve improvised. We can’t raise chickens indoors, so we invested in a few rabbits. They are great pets and they provide nutrients for the garden.
We can’t raise animals for meat, (or produce our own fresh milk, eggs, or cheese) so we visit…local farms. While getting what we need, we’re also supporting our local farmers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to stay in business without those of us who aren’t able to homestead on a large piece of land.
Cooking from scratch and making your own cleaners is also a small part of the equation. There are many ways you can be a homesteader without a bunch of land or animals.