I thought we were on to something new when we decided to become more self-sufficient. It turns out I didn’t come up with the idea of an urban farm. There is a website, a book, an entire movement of Urban Homesteaders.
There’s even an article about it in USA Today.
(I also did not come up with idea of Mom blogging. It turns out there are 10,000,000 other Mom blogs out there. One day, I will have an original idea. You heard it here first!)
I bought this used book off Amazon (The Urban Homestead)and decided immediately that we weren’t real Urban Homesteaders.
Because seriously? These people do not mess around.
Plus, I need a Chick Fil A nearby.
So, there’s that.
But I learned some cool tips for making garlic sprout, so I can plant it. I’m learning how to set up a compost pile. I learned that people pay good money for rabbit poop for their compost pile and a whole slew of other disgusting facts that you wouldn’t believe!
I also discovered that I don’t have what it takes to become a real Urban Homesteader. Because there are extremes, people. (Did you know that some die-hard Urban Homesteaders conserve the water from their roof and reuse it?)
But, I can say that:
Our garden is thriving.
Our bunny is flourishing.
(I had to brag on my hubby’s hutch-building ability! Look what he made from mostly scrap wood. It even has shingles!)
Our boots are muddy.
Our urban homestead is growing.
We reuse, repurpose and recycle in small ways. But I’m learning there are many shades of green.
On the one end, you have someone like me, who proudly saves (and resuses) plastic bags from the WalMarts. And then you have the other end of the spectrum…Did you know there are people who have composting toilets? (I’ll let you use your imagination).
What shade of green are you?