We’re looking at buying a house, and I’m finding that I really gravitate towards those houses that have a large piece of property attached. I’m a little less concerned with the house, because those can be fixed, whereas most of the time, it’s hard to make more land.
Part of the reason that I want a big yard is so that I can practice a little bit of urban homesteading. I love the idea of having a huge vegetable garden and being able to have a goat and some chickens, and maybe a dog or two. Canning all of my own food for the winter. It’s always something that’s been really appealing to me, and now it’s starting to gain a foothold in mainstream society.
There are a few interesting articles that my friend Robyn recommended, and I’d like to pass that along to you all. Here is a great article about off-the-grid living, and how it can range from hippie earth berm houses to palacial mountain estates. This article is most useful for people living in the Bay Area, but provides a good introduction to the practice of urban homesteading. And sometimes, it seems like you can learn a lot from your grandparents – at least according to NPR.
Are you an urban homesteader? Do you can or grow your own food? Are there some awesome resources we should be checking out? Let me know!