Saturday, August 14, 2010

Micro-Eco Farming and the growing urban homestead movement

Urban homesteading and backyard farming/urban farming is a movement that has really taken off in recent years.  There have been numerous books published, blogs written, websites set up, media features done, and homesteads established, in the attempt to share the inspiring projects that these folks are upto.

We wanted to highlight some of the most exciting ones we've found, including first of all this book entitled Micro-Eco Farming: Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage in Partnership with the Earth, by Barbara Berst Adams.  Sounds good?  This book documents a wide range of backyard to small acreage farmers, who have established successful businesses using the resources from their own land.  In the book you meet small seed saving companies, tiny CSA's, folks raising heritage breed animals, growing heirloom crops, farming worms, multi-cropping biointensively in small spaces, building compost, wrangling worms, harvesting rainwater and creatively recycling greywater, and generally redefining what it means to be a "farmer" in our times.

Here are just a few of the favourite urban farms/homesteads that have inspired our own ventures here at Little City Farm.  What's most exciting is that, generally, this is a group of people who are not doing these projects in isolation but specifically attempting to collaborate, teach skills, share resources, build connections, and try to increase liveability in our urban areas with creative longterm sustainable affordable solutions.

City Farmer
Path to Freedom
Homegrown Evolution 
Rhizome Collective
Sustainable Urban Homestead
Diggin Food
SPIN Farming
SPIN Gardening
Fairview Gardens Centre for Urban Agriculture
Farm City 

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