The Half-Assed Homesteader

About my half-assed urban homestead June 20, 2011

The truth?  I’m not very much of an urban homesteader.  Sure, the list of edible plants in my backyard sounds impressive, and I’ve got chickens, and occasionally I do something fancy like make cheese.  But while my goals are lofty and include many multisyllabic buzzwords (sustainability! permaculture! whatever else is on the Whole Foods website) my reality is this: I have a three year old who loves to “work in the garden”, which most recently has included the scenario “Mama, look I am hoeing out the beet seedlings!” (Head smack.) I am finishing up my undergrad and about to enter what may be a fairly strenuous graduate program. I used to grow plants for a living and now when it becomes anything remotely joblike at home I suddenly find it imperative to spend five hours on the internet.  And lastly, really?  I am inherently pretty damn lazy and occasionally lacking in common sense, patience, and, um, money.

So please don’t look to me for advice.  I’m about sharing my adventures, because it’s fun to talk about, and because I like the idea of a community of people discussing the reality of their situations without judgement.  I love trying to do as much for myself as I can, because it’s better for the Earth, it’s a good thing to teach my daughter about, and it’s FUN, but I only do it to the best of my current ability, and I hope that that is better than not at all.  If this sounds like something you are interested, then please read on and feel free to share!


8 Responses to “About my half-assed urban homestead”

  1. Good stuff, just shared on my Facebook page. 🙂

  2. Anisa Says:

    Love it. I can relate, on many many levels here. 😉

  3. Thanks so much ladies, and thanks especially Erica for sharing! I got lots of new followers, which will definitely encourage me to keep writing.

  4. Alex B Says:

    Great stuff 🙂 Just wondering what area you guys are in?

  5. Eldon & Kathy Chase Says:

    I loved reading this! Brings back memories for sure!

  6. Lynne Says:

    Laughing out loud as I had exactly the same experience with peaches this summer in CT. Took 2.5 minutes to pick 20 lbs of beautiful, huge white peaches with very clingy pits. First time canning and my peaches were fragrant, macerated mush. I just cracked the first jar, and they taste…very much like commercially canned peaches but with the texture of commercially canned pears. Oh well. At least they are a beautiful genuine peach color. Fun blog. Keep it up.

  7. I am an expert in half-assed homesteadery! I’m just flailin’ along here with 1001 unfinished homestead projects and too little cash to spend on them. But it’s usually fun anyway. I like your blog.

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