We live in the city. We will likely always live in the city. There are many benefits: it's close to Cole's work, it's close to grocery stores, it's close to church, it's close to museums & zoos & playcenters, etc.
But, it is a difficult place in which to homestead as you could in the country. In our county, chickens in the city are currently not allowed. In our neighborhood, outdoor (permanent) clotheslines are not allowed. That does not, by any means, mean that we can't homestead. We just have to look at how we homestead in a different light.
Even living in the city, look at all of these ways that our family can work towards "homestead" style living right where we are:
- make your own bread
- can what you can
- dehydrate what you can
- practice minimalism
- let the kids play outside and explore and know their space
- use natural cleaning supplies
- use natural personal care products
- use reusable grocery bags
- using cloth over paper products
- know basic sewing skills - be able to make repairs & modify second hand purchases
- do yard work tasks yourself
- use reusable products in the kitchen
- homemade applesauce/smoothie pouches for kids
- practice back to eden gardening (in as big a garden as you can in your space!)
- reducing trips 'to town'
- grind your own grain
- compost & recycle
- hang dry laundry (indoors and out)
- reuse water when possible
- filter drinking water
- shop less - especially in stores
- learn creative, practical arts - I like crochet & quilt making
- homeschool - allow children to enjoy a free childhood
- work on going paperless
- use non-gas outdoor tools like lawnmowers and weed eaters
- use bird feeders and encourage wild life to thrive in your area
I'm sure there are more ideas that we practice and that others practice. While it's not the country and never will be - there are plenty of ways to live a "homestead lifestyle" in the city.
In what ways do you homestead in the city?