Tools for the Urban Homesteader

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Farmer’s markets are about to resume, the temperatures have finally broken past 80 degrees, and the Land Library posted a piece on seeds just last week (The Origin of Things). Something is in the air, and I guess it’s called Spring!

Over the past few years, our urban homestead section has grown by leaps and bounds. More and more people are reinventing their relationship with food, and learning new skills along the way — everything from raising chickens, goats & bees, to ripping up their lawns in favor of an edible landscape.

It’s been fun for the Land Library to keep up with the latest crop of urban farming titles. One of our favorites is Novella Carpenter’s Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. Novella’s adventures in urban agriculture began with honeybees and a few chickens, then some turkeys, and before she knew it her rough-and-tumble lot in Oakland, California was a vibrant urban farm.

David Tracey’s Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs For The New Food Revolution (also pictured above) carefully describes this hopeful new movement spreading across the country, community by community.

Here’s a few more excellent titles from the Land Library’s Urban Homestead shelves!

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The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City by Kelly Coyne & Erik Knutzen, A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store’s Guide to Chicken Keeping by Robert & Hannah Litt.

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City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardens in America by Laura J. Lawson, The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden by Ivette Soler.

And for more on life in the city, check out a few of our earlier posts!

The City: Humanity’s Greatest Invention?

A Gentle Rebellion Where Some Dirt Will Fly (on school gardens!).

along with this post on innovative farm projects across the country:

Work, Enjoy, Together Now

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