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Episode-1702- The Challenges of Urban/Suburban Homesteading

Quail Beat Chickens in Almost Every Way for Urban Homesteading

Quail Beat Chickens in Almost Every Way for Urban Homesteading

Special Report – Today I start out with a special report on Vladislav Davidson and the Regenerative Leadership Institute.  I only did this report due to so many asking about their PDC that you can take for “free” at OpenPermaculture.com.  My report is not very positive, it isn’t the type of thing I like to do but in this instance it was something had to do.  Simply due to the fact that many of you have asked about this PDC and the people behind it.  If you are here just for that it starts at 7:25 and ends about 19:10 into the show.

Today I listened to a sample episode of a show I will be on soon as a guest the show is called, Myths & Facts: 9 Things I Used to Believe (and Teach) About Home Ownership That I No Longer Believe it was a story of government stupidity at its finest.  If you want the story you can listen to that episode for yourself.

The short short version is a guy moves outside of city limits, can find no laws against chickens or a pile of brush on ones property but gets fined for both and must give up his chickens. On top of it a 30 year old shed ends up having no permit, in the end tearing down the large, expensive shed was his only option.

I could not listen to the entire episode, this shit makes no sense.  I am so ever loving done with government in so many ways.  Yet Josh (the show’s host) makes a valid point about “ownership” mythology, that is true in far to many instances.

On the other hand there are current victories in other areas.  Just this week San Antonino did something great!  They just declared Urban Farming absolutely legal in San Antonino.  In many ways what we are seeing right now is what amounts to a low violence multi front war.

While many in this nation are determined to sanitize everything into conformity, others seek to regain independence and true health.  Many also frankly simple desire to regain one of our most basic freedoms.  That is our freedom to use land we own, the way we choose as long as we do no harm to anyone else.  Note that being offended, not liking what others do, etc. does not equal being harmed.

As an anarchist I personally work outside the system, every and any where I can.  By inspiring frankly 10s of thousands to get shit done in this world I am creating new fronts in this war.  Others then in the system take up the fight and work inside and outside the system in their own ways.

We need to balance things too. I  really recommend anyone becoming an urban farmer, suburban homesteader etc. read this great article by our own Erica Strauss, called “Don’t Be An Urban Homesteading Asshole“.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The sweet spot “Urban Rural Fringe” and how it is getting harder to use
  • The irony of yuppies in these sweet spots – they want the food we produce
  • How this compares to marijuana on main street in Breckenridge
  • Thoughts on finding the place for you
    • Don’t just read laws, ask enforcers before you buy
    • Get into an area where there are some eyesores even to your taste
    • Ag Zoned land is best but hard to get at times
    • Really think about what you want to do, what you can do, and should do
  • Working the system to your advantage
    • Consider a distributed model, ala Curtis Stone
    • Quail and worms, over chickens
    • Rabbits over ducks
    • Focus mostly on the back yard
    • Try to locate property with at least 2 neighbor free property lines
    • Do not do “on farm sales” unless you know you are golden
    • Select areas with public forage/hunting/fishing opportunities
    • Accept you can’t win every fight
    • Loosing a fight is not loosing a war
    • The best way to win is to never get in the fight
    • Do as much as you can inside/in outbuildings
    • Look for at least an acre
    • Tree your perimeter, start with the closest neighbors
    • Work the system or fight from outside, follow what works for you
    • Respect everyone fighting for what is right
  • Final Thoughts

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Links Related to My Report on Vladislav and Open Permaculture’s PDC

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Episode-1567- Curtis Stone on Making a Living of the Land, New Anarchism and Local Trade

Get ready and strap in today.  We are going to really blow things up with our guest Curtis Stone.  Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres (est. 2010), a commercial urban farm based out of Kelowna, BC. Farming under a half acre of land spread over multiple plots in the downtown core, they sell vegetables to some of the cities best restaurants, wineries, and a weekly farmers market.

Curtis also works as an educator, consultant, and writer on the subject urban farming throughout North America.  He joins us today to discuss three explosive topics…

  • 1. Implementation of quick cash flow based annuals into pasture and perennial based farms.
  • 2. The New Anarchist Front; escaping tyranny by using urban ag as a vehicle to build social equity in cities through production, education, outreach, and getting rich at the same time. Urban farmers as a decentralized unified front for State dissent from within the belly of the beast.
  • 3. Local trade economics; food production is like printing money. Leveraging what everyone needs to get what you need. Farmers sit at the center of a multi ring circle. Food production is central, value add food is next, then food services, and from there we have skilled labor and trades, and outside of that is specialized services and expertise. Farming is the backbone of the local economy. In this new decentralized local economy, farmers are the lynchpin to the whole system, not the indentured laborers.

When I met Curtis I was excited to talk to him knowing about his successful 6 figure business, that began on land he didn’t own, in the suburbs, in the back yards of others.   Basically he had set a high bar for himself, one he easily cleared.  There are few times that I meet a person and immediately feel I am talking to a true brother in spirit, Curtis is one such person.  Today’s show will absolutely rock!

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Episode-1265- Christine Faith on Backyard and Urban Farming

Christine Faith of RightToThrive.org

Christine Faith of RightToThrive.org

Christine Faith is a local backyard farmer, devotee of sustainability, and example for other members of the community trying to reduce their impact on the planet while maintaining resilient households. Right to Thrive, Christine’s award winning blog, is an information clearing-house for backyard farmers along the Front Range.

Christine is an owner/co-founder of Ivywild Aquaponics & Neighborhood Farm, an artisan farm located in the historic Ivywild neighborhood of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ivywild A & N Farm sells NSA shares (Neighborhood Supported Agriculture) featuring vegetables, eggs, and honey.

In addition to managing the small urban farm, Christine teaches classes on backyard farming, designs backyard farms, and consults for a local school district on a school garden project. Christine is also the founder and organizer of Colorado Springs Urban Homesteading.

Christine joins us to discuss designing an urban farm – how to create beauty, productivity, and food security in urban and suburban spaces. Along with designing for urban spaces and the considerations required to do so such as local laws and ordinances, weather and climate, soils, system integration,  microclimates, urban scale livestock, and maintaining curb appeal.

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