Urban Homesteading? Why, Yes You Can!

by Jenny Peterson on August 23, 2010

in Gardening Tips,Urban Farming

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.

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Theresa Loe/Living Homegrown Fresh August 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Wow! Thanks so much for the write up! I am so thrilled that you enjoyed seeing my garden AND that you felt as if you learned something. I know how much YOU know, so that means a lot coming from you.

Yes, we CAN do this and we can do it in a fun, creative way. Food growing can be beautiful as well as delicious.

Thanks for the shout out. Much appreciated!

Joe Lamp'l August 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Ditto Theresa’s comments here Jenny and thanks so much for your support and kind words towards our efforts. We work really hard at trying to tell do-able, inspirational stories in a very short amount of air-time. After reading your post, sounds like we accomplished our mission here.
Thanks again and best regards,
Joe Lamp’l

Jenny Peterson August 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Hi Theresa and Joe! You both are more than welcome–but really, so many thanks to you all for the hard work you put in towards this mission–and it is indeed a mission.

I’ve come to much of this awareness of a more green lifestyle a little later in life than many, but I am so thankful that there are people like you and shows like yours to help guide and encourage! THANK YOU!

Theresa Loe/Living Homegrown Fresh August 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm

We feel the same way about YOU! We are grateful for friends like you.

Keep up your good work here my friend!

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