Modern, urban Homesteading – what does it mean to homestead in our modern society? I live under the understanding that whoever owns my “breadbasket” owns my future. Second only to water, what we eat is the most important thing to survival. I have grown hundreds of different varieties of plants in gardens from Louisiana, Tennessee and Idaho (and killed a good many of them along the way) and gained experience by getting my hands-in-the-dirt rather than only on theory and hearsay. Often in my life I have faced the daunting task of breaking into new, baked-hard dirt covered in weeds. The stress of that chore has always been minimized by the dreams of a new garden full of rainbow chard, freckled romaine, the sweetest basil and huge heirloom tomatoes growing from a bed of loamy, nutrient-rich soil. That nutrient-rich soil is created by composting, worm cultivation and growing plants like comfrey that dredge up nutrients from deep in the dirt and bring them to the surface. Grow your knowledge on the homestead as we compost, garden and prepare our food from. From field to plate we’ll get our full as we build coops, greenhouse, fences and raised beds.
“WE HOMESTEAD NOW NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO; WE HOMESTEAD NOW SO WE’RE READY WHEN WE NEED TO.” – SULAE
Back to the Homestead is not only about gardening. There is so much more to true happiness than growing a nice pumpkin. Back to the Homestead offers a kaleidoscope of information from gardening to keeping chickens to food preservation using methods such as lacto fermentation, pressure canning and preparing our produce with many different and creative recipes. We’ll have discussions about relying on yourself and ensuring you and your family’s food supply, safety and enjoyment of an otherwise stressful life. Folks have been working at ensuring there safety and substance for many years and nothing has changed. We chase the next big screen TV and look forward to the next big game. We look forward to the next shipment of seed catalogs and the shenanigans of pigmy goats at play. Can our modern society last?
If you want to know more about how to do-it-yourself and, at the same time, find comfort in our modern society, you and I should spend some time together. We’ll have a lot to share.