Welcome to Urban-Homesteading.com
For me, homesteading in the suburbs covers a wide range of possibilities. I don't think you have to do everything to get into the spirit of the idea. Instead, pick and choose those things that fit your lifestyle and interests and skills. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or the country, you can find a way to do more for yourself, become a little less dependent on mass-produced items and a little more secure in your ability to do things yourself. I live in the suburbs on a lot less than 1/3 of an acre, but I grow quite a bit of vegetables, have 14 fruit trees, and could do even more if I had more time and skills. I keep learning other new skills and enjoy the fruits of my labors!
Every family and individual will find their own way to get started.
- Backyard chickens in the suburbs
- Different ways to preserve your food
- Attracting and Feeding Birds
- Growing Tomatoes
- Making a Living
Newest Book Reviews
Looking forward to getting my copy of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. You can pre-order your copy here.
Meanwhile, Next Door to the Good Life - a wonderfully written tale of homesteading next to the Nearings in the 1970's.
The Self-Reliant Homesteader - A mixed review for this book. It provides a nice overview of the various activities you might want to explore. Much of it is more suited to the rural homesteader and it doesn't provide quite as much detail as I'd like to see.
Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology - a fascinating book about one couple who decides to live off the grid for a year and assess what, and how much, technology they want in their lives.
Raising Fruits and Vegetables
You might start with a small vegetable garden or a single fruit tree. Your garden can slowly expand and you might learn how to can the extra, so you can eat it later when your garden is unproductive. I love being able to walk out in the backyard and pick part of my dinner, free of pesticides and much tastier than anything you can pick up at the supermarket! And it really doesn't take that much time. To keep your plants healthy and productive, learn the basics of pruning.
Raising your own animals is another area you might pursue. Lliving in the suburbs and working a full time job limits how much time you might have to spend on animals. But I know people who raise sheep for spinning, chickens for eggs, and alpacas.