What is “urban homesteading?” Simply put, it’s growing as much food as you can in your urban setting, in order to a) feed your family, b) reduce your carbon footprint and c) know where your food comes from. The use of vegetable and herb gardens, fruit trees and chickens — yes, chickens– are on the rise as people like you and me try to become more aware of the impact of transporting food over 1500 miles from sources unknown to us. And these people are doing something about it.
I caught the newest episode of “Growing a Greener World” today–I’m forced for the time being to view it on their website as my local PBS station has not yet picked up this wonderful new program. Joe Lamp’l, Patti Moreno, Nathan Lyon and Theresa Loe talk about how to create your own edible landscape in a small space, from growing and composting to preserving and cooking.
Think you can’t do this? Think again! All the usual objections are debunked–you don’t need acreage, it doesn’t smell, it can be not only beautiful but gorgeous, and it’s not as hard as you think it would be. You can grow food under your own conditions, bring it in from the garden to your kitchen, cook and preserve, and compost the waste. Cycle of life? You betcha!! You don’t need to wear jumpers and not shave–this is not “Little House on the Prairie.” This is about a simple yet profound lifestyle change that affects the world around you, as you eat and live more healthfully and teach your children, if you have them, to do the same. And more and more people are doing it–it just makes sense. Check out this episode and tell me–and “Growing a Greener World”–what you think! I think you’ll be inspired and motivated to make a change.