Not so long ago, people lived in a way that was more in alignment with the natural processes of the earth. Sure, life wasn’t as convenient as it is now, but it was far less complicated. The current hustle of modern day living is negatively affecting our planet and has people stressed to the max, so something has to give, right?
Isn’t it ironic that the very way we can create a positive impact is to rewind and return to a simpler way of living? Luckily, the solution is easy, and we can return to balance with a simple, practical lifestyle known as homesteading. Homesteading allows people to be self-sufficient and sustainable. Where most people rely on the supermarkets and stores to supply them with their everyday needs, homesteaders provide what they need for themselves with a grassroots approach. Don’t be mistaken; the homesteading lifestyle isn’t confined to country living. In fact, you can be a homesteader anywhere by way of the lifestyle choices you make. If you don’t want to leave the city, you can be an Urban Homesteader.
Embrace a Simpler Way
To begin your journey to self-sufficiency and empowerment through urban homesteading, start with where you are and what you have to work with. We want to make this as simple as possible. If you own a house in the city, you have a great advantage, but even if you’re just renting, there is still possibility and opportunity.
If you rent a house, creating a proposal outlining your intentions is a great way to get property owners on board. Envision any land surrounding your house as viable food farming land; even front lawns can be turned into beautiful garden scapes. You can create raised bed gardens, or simply garden in the earth beneath your feet, planting vegetables you know your family loves. The key is to start simple for the first year or two, building upon the knowledge you accumulated from the previous year. Keep vegetables organic by using organic seeds and fertilizers, and try not to use any harmful chemical solutions which can be toxic to your family and the Earth. Research Permaculture and how certain plants benefit each other when grown together. Use your own food scraps to create your own nutrient rich fertilizer by having your own compost bin. As a homesteader, you will find creative ways to save water too, like creating rainwater collection barrels on your property.
Make the Most of What You Have
If you’re living in an apartment or a condo, not to worry, you can apply all of these homesteading tips too. It could be as simple as creating a container garden on your balcony or patio. If there is a good plot of land, get your neighbors in on the gardening. With more people on board, the owners will be more likely to allow it, and even better, it will create community.
No land to grow on? Look up to the rooftops and see if you could create some container gardening up above. Cities around the world are implementing rooftop gardening not only as a way for people to grow food but as a passive cooling method. Vacant lots are also perfect for creating community gardens.
Beyond growing your own food, being a homesteader means making the most of what you have, and attempting to do things yourself first. The homesteading mindset goes a little something like, “If I can make it, fix it or borrow it, I don’t need to buy it.” When you are purchasing items, it’s also best to try and buy from local, sustainable sources and support the community you live in.
So, as you can see, the art of homesteading doesn’t have to be a thing of the past; we can revive it and adapt it to our lives no matter where we live, changing the planet one urban homestead at a time.
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