Many people call themselves (and are) urban homesteaders, but together, these two are actually The Urban Homesteader. A web-based series hosted by real life couple Harv and Caroline, The Urban Homesteader seeks to connect city dwellers with information that was once handed down through the generations, such as keeping chickens and preserving jam. The pair put a charming spin on learning bit by bit how to turn their small home in Oakland, California, into a bona fide modern homestead.
The Urban Homesteader project, which is currently raising funds via Indiegogo, encompasses a web video series, a how-to library, and a resource database of local “experts” available to help homesteader wannabes across the country. Whether you’re thinking about keeping a few chickens for fresh eggs, or pulling together some neighbors for a community vegetable garden, The Urban Homesteader seeks to show people how it can be done by providing not only the nitty-gritty information, but also lending some moral support and inspiration in an age when urban life doesn’t always agree with sustainable practices.
Urban homesteading doesn’t require folks to till up their entire yard for chicken coops or zucchini plots. It can actually entail as much or as little as you like, and community-supported efforts are pretty popular within the movement, because there’s strength in numbers—especially where pulling weeds is concerned. As if to illustrate the point, The Urban Homesteader project will only take off on schedule (this summer!) if they reach their crowdfunding goals. Behind the scenes of this cute web show are a pair of Emmy-winning media pros with connections to PBS shows Bill Nye the Science Guy and BizKid$, and The Urban Homesteader has support from Whole Foods Market, PBS, and the publisher of Mother Earth News.
As of the time of this report, they are well on their way toward their $20,000 goal with two weeks left in their campaign.
Images via The Urban Homesteader