Urban Homesteading –

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…

Beer Brewing Canning

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.

homemade bread, homemade cheese, homegrown tomatoes, roses from my garden & local wine

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.

I, along with a few other bloggers, are posting today to take back urban homesteading and to talk a bit about what that phrase means to each of us.

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!

7 responses to “Urban Homesteading –

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  2. you should totally get goats! they are the best. love the post.

  3. I’d say you’ve got it nailed. Good conservation and gardening is it’s own reward. How can they tm a term?

  4. You could totally have goats. Do it!

  5. I read about that trademarking thing the other day and I think it’s nuts. If I had realized that everyone was posting about it on a particular day I would have written a post as well. I don’t know that I ever would have applied that term to myself, but I don’t think the trademark should have been allowed.