That phrase means different things to different people. To me, it means that I live in the city, and do my best to live life simply, sustainably, organically, and happily.
I don’t have a lot of land, but a lot of what I have is given over to my gardens. You know it’s true. You’ve seen the pictures, right?
In addition to growing my food (and my flowers! I do love the pretty colors!), I do other interesting things with it…
I have rain barrels, try to grow as much as we can, and to eat only real foods – preferably our own, but if not, from local sources when possible.
I have chicken dreams (and, secretly, goat dreams, too). We make our own bread and cheese (sometimes) and beer (very recently) and overall, try live a simple, homegrown life in our urban environment.
So – I would call myself an urban homesteader.
Apparently, the descriptive phrase Urban Homestead has been trademarked. Which is a wee bit ridiculous. This phrase has been around for ages (apparently, and I have no source to cite here, it was first used in the 1880s). And since the patent office decided that this was okay, a bunch of Facebook pages have been taken down, since LOTS of people use this phrase.
UPDATED TO ADD: If you want to see a comprehensive list of everyone taking part in today’s Urban Homesteading Day of ActionTM (ha! Just kidding!) go here for the updated list. Also, I am on that list, and now I feel all fancy!