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What Is Urban Homesteading?

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Can you be a self-sufficient homesteader if you live in the city? Urban homesteading is a new trend that is taking hold in cities across the nation.

You may think of homesteading as something that can only be done if you live in the middle of nowhere and have lots of land.

But in fact, the University of California, Davis defines homesteading as “a household that produces a significant part of the food, including produce and livestock, consumed by its residents.”

So can you be an urban homesteader, and live a more self-sufficient lifestyle even if you live in the city?

Absolutely!

All you need is the will to live a more healthy, sustainable, and self-sufficient lifestyle, and the determination to make it happen.

The Palmer’s urban homestead in Virginia is a great example:

Looking at Hollis and Nancy Palmer’s quiet neighborhood and quaint Virginia home, you might never guess it includes a big backyard that’s been transformed into a flourishing garden.

Their urban homestead, with its manicured rows and vibrant vegetables, provides a feast for the eyes and stomach.

In addition to turnips, you’ll find collard greens, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, onions and garlic. And this is only their fall garden.

The Palmers’ homestead also has what they call the “salad bar,” complete with red and green romaine, red and green oak tree lettuce, and an assortment of herbs.

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“A lot of people think, ‘Well, I could never do that because I just live in the city, and I have just a plain old house,’ or, ‘I live in an apartment; I don’t even have a yard,'” Hollis told CBN News.

“But I’ve wanted them to know that you can grow your own food in a very small area in your own backyard and get tons of food out of it,” he continued. “And if you don’t even have a yard, you can do it in containers; containers grow.”

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You can read more about the Palmers and their urban homestead at CBN News

 

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