What is urban homesteading?



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    Urban homesteading is a way of life–a journey towards a sustainable and self sufficient life in an urban environment. There are 10 key factors that underline urban homesteading:

    1. Grow your own food on your city lot. – More than 50% of diet, organically, on an urban lot (approx. less than half an acre*) with visually appealing landscaping. *Depends on square footage of house, location, and climate zone.
    2. Use alternative energy sources – E.g. solar, wind, in conjunction with energy efficiency and conservation measures to reduce usage.
    3. Use alternative fuels and transportation – E.g. bio-fuels and/or alternative methods of transportation (bicycle, walk, public).
    4. Keep farm animals for manure and food – Practice animal husbandry.
    5. Practice waste reduction – Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without, compost it, re-purpose it.
    6. Reclaim greywater and collect rainwater – Practice water conservation and recovery.
    7. Live simply –  …in the manner of past eras. Develop back-to-basics homemaking skills, including food preservation and preparation.
    8. Do the work yourself – Learn to do home and vehicle maintenance, repairs and basic construction.
    9. Work at home – Earn a living from the land or hand work done at home. Develop a homebased economy.
    10. Be a good neighbor –  Offer a helping hand for free. Urban homesteading is a community-based way of life, not a business opportunity. Be a neighbor, not a business person.

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