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Episode-1130- All About Urban Homesteading

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen authors of The Urban Homestead and the blog Root Simple

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen authors of The Urban Homestead and the blog Root Simple

Given the announcement I made today about SilverBulletSilverShield.com it seems this is also an appropriate topic, I imagine some will get that aside and some won’t.  Today indeed we will discuss urban homesteading or as is often the more accurate term, suburban homesteading, but I just really feel like calling it urban homesteading today.

Today I feel like I am somewhere in the middle, I am certainly not in the urban homestead camp nor even the suburban homestead camp as I sit on 3 acres in a quite rural and unincorporated area.  I did have an urban homestead not long ago in Arlington, TX.

From there we went to a true mountain homestead and now we have what is more accurately a mini ranch.  All of this though has taught me a great deal about the advantages that exist in everything from large holdings to small lots.  The entire thing is a system of checks and balances, for everything you gain with one property, you loose the advantages of another.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What really makes an urban homestead “urban”, size, location, what?
  • What are some unique challenges and concerns for the urban homesteader?
  • How much land do you really need to have a true homestead feel?
  • What things must you avoid 100% if you are to have a enjoyable urban homestead?
  • How do animals fit into the equation, how do you pacify neighbors and avoid issues?
  • What are some things you can do to increase self reliance even in the city?
  • What are some real advantages of urban homesteading?
  • How might a group pool resources and buy property with common property lines?
  • Why I feel restoring the homestead in all locations is the solution to many of America’s problems

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-883- Victor Alfieri on the Urban Homesteading Movement

Vic Alfieri with His 3 Hens

Vic Alfieri with His 3 Hens

Victor Alfieri lives just 17 miles from New York City on a 1/4 acre lot but he hasn’t let that stop him from being a modern homesteader.  For Victor It all started after hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast when he started to see things a little differently.   While he wasn’t directly effected by the hurricane it got him thinking about being more prepared.  He began researching the aftermath and to him there was one thing that stood out.

No one was prepared not the general public, not the local government and certainly not the federal government.

Then a year or so later, he and his wife who both had financial business backgrounds began observing signs of bad times ahead. This put them on a course for research which began with the internet and frequent trips to the library.

Victor found an old book about the depression in 1930’s and started to remember the stories my grandmother would tell me about how they survived the depression.  Eventually he discovered square foot gardening and small livestock, specifically keeping laying hens.  His hens eventually put him on a course of conflict with his local government where he continues to fight for the right of people to simply provide themselves with top quality home grown food.

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Episode-824- Dan Vamos from Homestead Dividends

Dan Vamos is many things.  A father, an English teacher, a homesteader, a DIY enthusiast, a prepper and a patriotic American.  He has also been listening to The Survival Podcast for a very long time, all the way back to the podcasting from the car days.

Along the way he founded a website called, “Homestead Dividends”, designed to help the average person transform their home into a true homestead and get more out of their homes both while living in them and when it comes time to sell them.

Join Dan and I Today as we Discuss…

  • What are some ways to get the most out your house or residence
  • What should you do to make your house start working for you
  • What are some ways to waterproof a basement
  • What are some common mistakes people make when working on their house
  • Why should I start planting permafood right away
  • Why start with small trees and plants
  • How a three-ring binder can help in selling your house
  • How you can have a “pick-up truck? without owning one
  • Why Dan cashed in a retirement accounts to buy a home

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-631- Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen from RootSimple.com

Erik and Kelly from RootSimple.com

Erik and Kelly from RootSimple.com

Today we are joined by Erkik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne of RootSimple.com to discuss urban homesteading (go ahead Dervaes Family, my lawyer can beat up your lawyer because my lawyer has an IQ with 3 digits) and how to convert your home from a consumer to producer.

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen are the authors of The Urban Homestead and Making It and founded the blog RootSimple.com, which was formerly known as Homegrown Evolution, in 2006.

They live in the heart of Los Angeles, in a little bungalow set on a 1/12 acre lot where almost all of their land is devoted to growing edible or otherwise useful plants and trees. Their obsessions include bees, bikes, beer, chickens, dogs, healthy cities, healing herbs, simple living and good food.

Join Erik, Kelly and I Today as we Discuss…

  • How to make the most of any land you you
  • Replacing grass with useful and edible plantings
  • Jacks totally maintenance free lawn, built by doing nothing
  • The “militant view” on building mini orchards
  • The advantages of perennials over annuals
  • Kelly burns beans right in the middle of the interview (classic)
  • Companion planting for optimal production
  • Tepary beans and other dry climate plantings (my source of Tepary beans)
  • So what is spigarello
  • Growing luffa sponge gourds
  • Keeping chickens in the city
  • All natural bee keeping and capturing wild swarms

Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-591- Planning and Building the Suburban Homestead

Photo Credit to annethelibrarian

When you hear the word homestead you typically think of open spaces, rural America and some acreage.  For many American’s though it just isn’t currently an option.  Many of us are bound to the city by employment, family obligations or other considerations.

Still I believe homesteading is for everyone and there are some real opportunities for suburban homesteaders who want to convert their homes from consumer to producer.

Of course there are challenges for the suburbanite with considerations such as excessive shade, available space, ordinances and retaining marketability of the home for resale.

The key to successful suburban homesteading is understanding your limitations but focusing on making the most of the unique advantages inherent to small landscapes such as ease of management and easy irrigation.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Define the overall goal of a homestead
  • Evaluate your limitations and landscape
  • Define your wants and needs
    • What do you like to eat
    • What is cheap and easy to buy
    • What is expensive to purchase
    • What is difficult to acquire organically or locally
  • Define areas by shade, sun, wind, usage, etc
  • Focus on the right types of crops
    • Heavy producers
    • Not readily available commercially
    • Perennials over annuals
    • Easy to store for long term usage
    • Require special care that can be automated
  • Considering livestock
    • Poultry is highly efficient for eggs
    • Rabbits are probably the best meat option
    • Utilize wildlife for livestock functions like manuring
    • Aquaculture and Aquaponics are excellent options
  • Extending your seasons and productivity
    • The greenhouse or cold frames are essentials
    • Using and channeling roof run off
    • Understanding and maximizing micro-climates
    • Use climbers and vertical spaces
  • Taking big techniques and downsizing them
    • Swales
    • Hugelkultur
    • Food Forests
    • Ponds

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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