I was browsing on Amazon Prime one night searching for something mindlessly interesting to watch and I came across a fascinating mini series called Homestead City. Not sure if you have seen these shows.
I literally went through all eight episodes (10 minutes each) in one sitting. Seems in my extended time on this earth, I lost a few generations of research. Homesteading to me is a vision of the classic survivalist, off-the-grid farmer. Homestead City let me take a peek into a new type of Homesteader….The Urban Millenial Homesteader.
Here’s the show’s description on Amazon.”Normally when people think of homesteading it’s of living and working completely off the land. …but this concept is gradually changing in densely populated areas. This show interviews people that consider themselves modern homesteaders and live in these urban centers. The unique ways in which they use their environment is what Homestead City is all about.”
If you would like a visual understanding of how Millenials are affecting the face of Homesteading, here’s a link to the Homestead City page on Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime, it’s free.
This book is a best seller for a reason. With practical advice, Chris shows you how to maintain an Urban Homestead on 1/2 acre or less. It is not about raising chickens, which tend by a no-no under most zoning laws in cities.
He teaches a practical and sustainable system. A good read.
But before you do, a word of caution.
It is hard to believe (or maybe not hard to believe) that the seemingly patriotic right to garden or homestead has recently come under more and more government regulation. Similar to certain rain catchment laws that have popped up over the last few years.
So before you dig up that nice soil in your front yard or backyard, understand your local zoning bylaws. Here’s an article by Mother Earth News and one by Sustainable America that will give you a heads up on the subject. For an in depth look at the subject, dive into Baylen Linneken’s book “Biting The Hand That Feeds You.” Eye Opening.
I just want you to be informed. Once you are informed, go for it. Do not let rules, laws and regulations stop you from growing food in the earth that God gave us. This is the world we live in. Just know the laws and then you will understand your rights. Work within the system. The joy is far too great when you develop skills that can feed yourself, your family, your friends and your neighbors!
Resources for you to learn about Homesteading:
Shared Earth Connecting Landowners with Gardeners and Farmers
For other series and books on Homesteading, check out Amazon’s recommendations.
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