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?

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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!

Recent Comments

    • gazelle
      February 21, 2011 - 1:38 pm ·

      Right now, goats & chickens are on hold because of my husband’s resistance. I’m sure I can wear him down eventually! 🙂

  • JavaChick
    February 25, 2011 - 6:38 am ·

    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.

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