Urban homesteading is the concept of making the most of what you have… I LOVE gardening, and would adore living on a farm. But, rather then pine away for acreage that may or may not ever come our way, my hubby, Rick, and I choose to live a rural lifestyle in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Denver with our two boys and baby girl. We intentionally bought a little old house, built in 1925, in our community, and fill our little yard with as much fruits, flowers and veggies as it will hold.
When we bought our place, Rick insisted on a space for a garden. I had never so much as planted a radish, so really, all this is his fault. When we planted a garden that first spring, I fell in love. Within two years I’d converted us from the conventional growing methods he was raised with to all organic, complete with flower beds planted to attract the good bugs. Three years later I was brave enough to tell Rick about my hare-brained idea to put chickens in our urban back yard. He, and practically everyone else we knew, thought I was crazy. But we did it, and our journey has taken us more places than we ever thought possible.
Why the Lazy Homesteader? I want to find the easy way of doing things; I want it to be simple and fun. Raising chickens and gardening are much easier than most people think. And I hope that it shows here on the blog. I generally tell people, if it were hard or complicated, I wouldn’t be doing it. That and I usually sweet-talk Rick into doing all the dirty work for me.
All that work, the good food, the dirt under my nails, the finished project, it makes me feel connected. To God, to the earth, to my family. I love it. As Wendell Berry said,
Eating with the fullest pleasure – pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance – is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living in a mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.
I blog about all our crazy journeys and adventures here, including the occasional tip on saving money in everyday (and sometimes not so everyday) ways. Like the time I unplugged the fridge. Or got rid of the microwave. Or talked the Hubster into housing not only those “starter chickens” but bees on our little backyard lot.
If you want to know more about our family and our urban homesteading life, kind of a why we do all this, check out my favorite post, “So You Want to be a Farmer.”