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Though we have fantasies about one day moving to the country, the city holds things that are more important to us than any parcel of open land. We have friends and family here, great neighbors, and all the cultural amenities and stimulation of a city.

It made more sense for us to become self-reliant in our urban environment. There was no need for us to wait to become farmers. We grow plenty of food in our back yard in Echo Park and even raise chickens. Once you taste lettuce that actually has a distinct flavor, or eat a sweet tomato still warm from the sun, or an orange-yolked egg from your own hen, you will never be satisfied with the pre-packaged and the factory-farmed again.

Our next step down the homesteading path was learning to use the old home arts to preserve what we grew: When you grow some of your own food, you start to care more about all of your food.

Just where did this come from? At the same time, we began to learn about cultured and fermented foods, which have beneficial bacteria in them. Few of these wonder-foods are available in stores. The supermarket started to look like a wasteland. A little history. The idea of urban farming is nothing new. Back in the days before freeways and refrigerated trucks, cities depended on urban farmers for the majority of their fresh food.

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This included small farms around the city, as well as kitchen gardens. Even today, there are places that hold to this tradition. Or con- sider Cuba. Cubans practiced centralized, industrial agriculture, just as we do, until the collapse of the Soviet Union in Overnight, Cubans were forced to shift from a large, petroleum-based system to small-scale farming, much of it in cities.

Today, urban organic gardens produce half of the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed by Cubans. The United States once was a nation of independent farmers. Today most of us do not know one end of a hoe from the other.

In last half of the 20th century, a cultural shift unique in human history came to pass. Food, the very stuff of life, became just another commodity, an anonymous transac- tion.

In making this transition, we sacrificed quality for convenience, and we then we learned to forget the value of what we gave up.

Large agribusiness concerns offer us flavorless, genetically modified, irra- diated, pesticide-drenched frankenvegetables. Our packaged foods are nutritionally bankrupt, and our livestock is raised in squalid condi- tions. The fact is that we live in an appalling time when it comes to food. True, we have a great abundance of inexpensive food in supermarkets, but the disturbing truth is that in terms of flavor, quality and nutrition, our great- grandparents ate better than we do.

There is hidden cost behind our increasingly costly supermarket food. The French have a term, malbouffe, referring to junk food, but with broader, more sinister implications. Malbouffe implies eating any old thing, prepared in any old way. So what are the strategies urban homesteaders can follow to avoid mal- bouffe?

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Now, now not only do we know our crops are free of pesticides and GMOs but we discovered an entirely new world of taste and flavor that big agribusiness had stolen away from us.

Growing your own food is an act of resistance.

Sure we still download stuff. Olive oil. Parmigiano reggiano. But still, we do not accept that spending is our only form of power.

There is more power in creating than in spending. We are producers, neighbors, and friends. Before you start thinking that you have to move somewhere else to grow your own food, take another look around. With a couple of notable exceptions, American cities sprawl.

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They are full of wasted space. As a homesteader, you will begin to see any open space as a place to grow food.

This includes front yards as well as backyards, vacant lots, parkways, alleyways, patios, balco- nies, window boxes, fire escapes and rooftops. Think jungle, not prairie. The truth is that you can grow a hell of a lot of food on a small amount of real estate. We homestead at our own pace, to suit ourselves. Some things, like bread baking, have become part of our regular routine. Other kitchen experiments, like making pickles, come and go as time allows.

More ambitious projects, like installing a greywater system, take time up front, but save time once imple- mented. Nothing wrong with that. Besides saving time, with the exception of a few ambitious projects, like converting to solar, everything we talk about in this book is also cost-effective.

Homesteading is all about reusing, recycling, foraging and building things your- self. Seeds are cheap, composting is free. Nature is standing by, waiting to help. And as oil prices continue to rise along with the cost of food, learning to grow your own may be one of the wisest investments you can make.

Urban homesteading is an affirmation of the simple pleasures of life. When you spend a Saturday morning making a loaf of bread, or go out on a summer evening after work to sit with your chickens, or take a deep breath of fresh-cut basil, you unplug yourself from the madness.

Many of us spend a lot of each day in front of a computer. Homesteading hooks us into the natural world and the passing of the seasons, and reminds us of our place within the greater cycle of life. Our style of homesteading is about desire. Learn to operate the sewing machine for more fabric projects around the home.

Hand-Washing Laundry Hand-washing laundry is one of the skills lost to time. It is a lost art with many benefits. Line-Drying Laundry Give your clothes a breath of fresh air and dry them outdoors instead of opting for the costly electric dryer option.

You have fresher clothes and lower power bills. Gardening Skills Growing Own Food The ultimate homesteader has this homesteading skill at the top of the list.

After all, this is where the idea of self-sufficiency comes from. Hydroponic Gardening A homesteader knows she has to work with her environment to thrive. If the soil is unfavorable, then opt for hydroponics gardening. Straw Bale Gardening Straw bale gardening is a game changer for those with poor soil. Make Your Own Greenhouse A homestead should never be without a greenhouse or at least a high tunnel.

Grow fruits and veggies all year long in a homemade greenhouse.

Aquaponic Gardening Incorporating gardening with natural ecosystem is also a homesteading must-know. Understanding aquaponics gives you a fine gardening alternative. Whether culinary, healing, gardening and even cleaning, herbs are important and must-grow in your garden. Determining Hardiness Zones Planting according to hardiness zone ensures gardening success. Like the back of the hand, a gardening homesteader should be familiar with it.

Ideal for homesteaders who like to live sustainably and purposefully. Great way to spend quality time playing cards, and learn how to grow all the most important crops for survival.

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Propagating Plant Cuttings Besides using seeds or bulbs, growing more plants from cuttings is a tricky gardening trick. Planting Trees Trees are invaluable to homesteaders. Planting trees are one of the important homesteading skills to learn. You will have lots of uses for them around the homestead.

Dealing With Weeds Weeds can be a menace, but there are ways to deal with these pesky greeneries. A homesteading gardener also finds ways to find uses for weeds.

Dealing With Garden Pests Using organic means to fight off pesky pests truly is a homestead gardening skill. Companion planting and organic pesticides are two of the most effective methods. Saving Seeds Create a never-ending supply of seeds not just for gardening.

Seeds are a good food source too! Saving seeds is also one of the survival skills to learn. Soil Preparation The soil is everything in gardening and growing a vegetable garden. DIY Compost Bin Correctly storing your compost will save your backyard from smelling like a dumpster. You can make DIY compost bins from practically free supplies in pallets and salvaged wood.

Composting is important when organic gardening. A true blue homesteader knows composting is essential in gardening. We all know their important role in a healthy soil and a healthy vegetable garden. Learn Permaculture Permaculture is but a fancy word for organic gardening.

Every homesteader knows the positive environmental implications of considering nature in gardening. Timing is everything, and a homesteader knows the tricks. Build A Geodomestic Dome You can use this structure for extra storage, a chicken coop or as a greenhouse. Either way, these domes are useful additions to your homesteads.

Animal And Livestock Raising Skills Build Fencing Keep your livestock in and predators out by learning to build and repair a fence. You learn to value bees not just for honey but for their valuable role in nature.

Keeping A Barn A barn will be very important in your homestead. Keeping a home for your animals is as important as keeping your own homestead. Horseback Riding You never know when your automobiles will be rendered useless.

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Add horseback riding to your list of homesteading skills before that event ever occurs. Training Farm Animals Farm animals are not only great companions but can also help around the homestead. Train them properly and get a valuable workforce. Raising Dairy Livestock I need not say more. Add raising cows and goats in your list of homesteading skills because…milk!

Milking Dairy Livestock Add to your homesteading skills the ability to milk goats and cows. Know Basics Of Animal Breeding This will save you lots of money and could even earn you some if you decide to sell some of the animals you breed. Raising Chickens Skip the hassle of feeding your chickens by hand every day by setting up this easy chicken brooder.

You may even be able to use ingredients you already have on hand! Make sure to keep your chicken coop comfy as can be by using herbs—a trick valued by homesteaders. Hatching And Incubating Hatching eggs can be a tricky business. Adding this know-how to your homesteading skills will give you more than just a steady supply of eggs. Know Your Livestock Birth This is one important homesteading skills to learn in self-sufficient living.

Give them organic feeds so you know what goes into them. Newborn Livestock Care Even in a healthy birth, you will still need to be near to take care of your animals after they are born. Mostly be there to keep the mother calm and hydrated. A self-sufficient lifestyle will make you a jack of all trades, which is helpful in homesteading.

Raising Goats Goats are some of the easiest livestock animals to care for. Raising goats is best for homesteading for beginners. Deal With Fowl Predators Chickens are a delicacy for predators like foxes, snakes, and coyotes.

Cutting And Slicing Meat The art of butchery is different for every animal. Different cuts should be cooked different ways so you should know which cuts work for every animal you are butchering before you start making cuts.

Restraining Livestock We all know sheep can be stubborn and so are some of your other livestock. Bending them to your will is also an important homesteading skill. Tanning hide is one of the productive homesteading skills to learn.

Growing Fodder Having your own fodder system will save you money, and ensure freshness with maximum nutrients. Understanding Holistic Management Homesteaders should consider their approach to agriculture and farming, and how it affects nature as a whole. Considering your environment in raising livestock is a valuable homesteading skill. Dealing with these pests organically and effectively is a must-have homesteading skill. Trapping Mosquitoes Mosquito repellent will not be enough at times.

Learn how to trap these pesky insects with traps made from all natural materials. Survival Skills Foraging For Medicinal Plants Preparation for emergencies is key, but in the event of the inevitable, you may have to forage for plants with healing properties. A homesteader will need to be familiar with this valuable nature item. Identifying Mushrooms Mushrooms have both culinary and medicinal values. I must warn you though, there are more poisonous mushrooms than edible ones, so better master mushroom identification.

So, mix edible gardening with your homestead landscaping. Foraging For Wild Edibles Foraging for wild edibles is both challenging and exciting, but productive.

Add it to your list of homesteading and survival skills! Identifying Undesirable Plants Both invasive and poisonous plants whether in the field or water should be avoided. Knowing these undesirable plants will save you lots of trouble.Ideal for homesteaders who like to live sustainably and purposefully.

Reading maps and using compass has more uses in the homestead both in gardening and building structures. At the same time, we began to learn about cultured and fermented foods, which have beneficial bacteria in them.

Making Homemade Cheese With a steady supply of milk from your dairy livestock, why not make your own cheese? Purifying Water Use these various methods to make sure you always have access to clean water. So, mix edible gardening with your homestead landscaping. There is more power in creating than in spending. A villa in Italy? The Urban Homestead is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you to the best books and Internet resources on self-sufficiency topics.

If you would like to harvest your own vegetables, raise city chickens, or convert to solar energy, this practical, hands-on book is full of step-by-step projects that will get you started homesteading immediately, whether you live in an apartment or a house.