Provides information for city dwellers on achieving a self-sufficient lifestyle, covering such topics as growing food, composting with worms, preserving and fermenting food, and cleaning one's house without toxins.
"Urban homesteading is a way to step into the past and live a simpler life. Luxuries will be sacrificed, but it's also a way to live a better life from a different time. Recently, it has become a trend in the US, and many find that it is a life that provides a chance to live outside of city constraints. Urban homesteading means that you'll have to learn food preservation methods because not every month will give you're a chance at plentiful crops. Remaining self-sufficient as an urban homesteader isn't easy, but it can be done. As far as planting is concerned, there are various urban gardens that can be used, or a combination can also be used. This book will take you through the pros and cons of using a combination or a single method of gardening, and even though it's truly up to the discretion of the individual, this book can give you a better idea of which urban garden will suit your needs and locations. Urban homesteading is difficult, but the main thing to remember is that you have to be self-sufficient. This book will teach you everything that being self-sufficient truly means, and you'll learn how to run your home and garden. There are many facets of preparing your house for urban homesteading, and that means learning how to use alternative energy sources, alternative water sources, and alternative transportation methods. You'll also have to learn proper waste disposal"--
How to save money, time, and the environment - on the urban frontier. With The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Urban Homesteading anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly - and save money and time - in any urban environment. Expert urban homesteader Sundari Elizabeth Kraft shares her hands-on knowledge of: growing organic foods and preserving them; composting; raising small livestock and chickens; generating electricity and biofuels; and other ways to cut costs and live green. This book has all the information required to become a successful urban homesteader in any city. ? Practical advice on everything from composting to clean energy. ? Sundari Elizabeth Kraft is an expert in urban homesteading.
As a means of reclaiming declining neighborhoods, urban homesteading enjoyed fleeting popularity since the early 1970s when, for a brief period, the notion of urban pioneers salvaging communities received exposure in the media. However, enthusiasm waned as the reality of operating the program tempered the idealism of the implementing agencies and prospective beneficiaries. Chandler examines urban homesteading programs from their beginnings at the local level in 1973, through federal enactment in 1974, and operation until May 1986. Based on case studies of Baltimore, Detroit, and Philadelphia, her work also draws on federal and local government reports and documents, as well as personal interviews with city officials and persons currently and previously associated with the Section 810 Program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
A comprehensive guide to creating a sustainable lifestyle through home-grown foods, providing tips, photographs, and instructions to create a garden on a fire escape or windowsill; create homemade preserves and sauces; raise bantam hens, ducks, honeybees, or goats; make organic fertilizer in a compost bin; and related topics.
The modern city is not only pavement and concrete. Parks, gardens, trees, and other plants are an integral part of the urban environment. Often the focal points of social movements and political interests, green spaces represent far more than simply an effort to balance the man-made with the natural. A city’s history with—and approach to—its parks and gardens reveals much about its workings and the forces acting upon it. Our green spaces offer a unique and valuable window on the history of city life. The essays in Greening the City span over a century of urban history, moving from fin-de-siècle Sofia to green efforts in urban Seattle. The authors present a wide array of cases that speak to global concerns through the local and specific, with topics that include green-space planning in Barcelona and Mexico City, the distinction between public and private nature in Los Angeles, the ecological diversity of West Berlin, and the historical and cultural significance of hybrid spaces designed for sports. The essays collected here will make us think differently about how we study cities, as well as how we live in them. Contributors: Dorothee Brantz, Technische Universität Berlin * Peter Clark, University of Helsinki * Lawrence Culver, Utah State University * Konstanze Sylva Domhardt, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich * Sonja Dümpelmann, University of Maryland * Zachary J. S. Falck, Independent Scholar* Stefanie Hennecke, Technical University Munich * Sonia Hirt, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University * Salla Jokela, University of Helsinki * Jens Lachmund, Maastricht University * Gary McDonogh, Bryn Mawr College * Jarmo Saarikivi, University of Helsinki * Jeffrey Craig Sanders, Washington State University
Urban Farms provides in-depth profiles of 16 innovative farms located in major metropolitan areas across the country, each operated by passionate individuals and communities committed to growing their own fruits and vegetables and raising animals. Included in these pages are some of the leaders in the movement, from Novella Carpenter’s farm in an empty lot in Oakland to Growing Power’s vast compound in Milwaukee. In addition to stories about the farms and their owners, sidebars provide basic how-to tips for such activities as composting, canning, beekeeping, and growing vegetables. A burgeoning movement that is fast catching on, urban farming taps into many touchstones of the zeitgeist, including environmental awareness, the foodie culture, localism, distrust of mass-production farming practices, and the DIY approach to life and living. Praise for Urban Farms: “Sarah C. Rich’s handsome, intelligent URBAN FARMS (Abrams, $30) chronicles a movement to bring kale to the people, an effort that stretches across the country, from Brooklyn to Oakland. . . . Benson’s spirited photographs capture the joy and beauty of urban farming’s bounty. No vase full of lush peonies from the grounds of an elegant estate could inspire such looks of eager joy as do the tomatoes harvested out of New York City’s Edible Schoolyard. These vegetable gardeners—and farmers—are working against such odds that there’s simply no excuse to let a comparatively lush suburban backyard lie fallow.” —New York Times Book Review
This quietly revolutionary guidebook picks up where the bestselling Process Self-Reliance Series' The Urban Homestead left off and brings us into the kitchen, where the daily choices we make involving food have a profound impact both on our lives and the world at large. Deborah Eden Tull draws upon years of experience as a monk, organic farmer, and chef to introduce simple but life-changing ways for urbanites to adopt a more mindful relationship with food, from shopping, menu planning, cooking, growing, and storing food, maintaining the kitchen, and eating out, to community food sharing and tips for parents. Beautifully illustrated, practical, and fun, this book is filled with anecdotes and step-by-step instructions to inspire neophytes and experienced homesteaders alike. The Natural Kitchen's introspective and educational journey will inspire action and change forever the way readers relate to food, the environment, and their daily lives.
As a historian and architect, Dolores Hayden proposes new perspectives on gender and race to broaden the practice of public art, enlarge urban preservation initiatives and redirect the writing of urban history.