Urban Homesteading Guide For Beginners

Last Updated: September 18, 2021

Ever wanted to live in a homestead…in the city?

Today, there’s a lot of difference in regulations related to self-sufficiency from city to city.

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Your city’s position on homesteading will influence how much or little you may get away with in your urban environment, therefore be sure to check out the laws and regulations that apply to your specific area.

Ready? Let’s start with the pros of urban homesteading.

Pros to Urban Homesteading

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In cities with pro-local sufficiency stances:

  • In a nutshell, Aquaponic technologies can be used to grow fish, fertilizer, and vegetables in confined areas.
  • Abandoned lots can become allotment gardens.
  • Grow tunnels increase the growing season, allowing you to produce food all year.
  • Beekeeping may be practiced on nearly any surface with a little TLC, even if it’s a rooftop. Rooftops might be used as productive farms and bee gardens.
  • Balcony container gardens may be designed to take advantage of vertical gardening space.
  • Container gardening may result in fully realized hydroponic farms.
  • Public spaces can be used to keep community chickens.
  • Bantam hens may lay eggs in less space than full-size chickens in little yards.
  • Rabbits may frequently be raised for meat on an urban farm.
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Now let’s look at some of the cons of urban homesteading.

Cons to Urban Homesteading

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Heavy Regulations

Urban cities are the most regulated living environments in general. With so many people crammed together, you might assume that everything you want to do is illegal.

Some progressive cities, as well as some impoverished towns, are becoming more open to homesteading.

However, there are still obstacles to overcome in order to obtain permission for many of the activities you desire to do.

Lack of Land

The main disadvantage of urban homesteading is a scarcity of property. If you’re fortunate, you might have a postage stamp-sized yard to work with. You can still provide a lot of your food using as little as 1/10th acre.

You may need to buy more inputs in order to maintain soil fertility and feed any tiny animals you can keep, particularly if your farms are small.

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Limits to Self-Sufficiency

In many cases, city dwellers do not have balconies or windows to utilize as growing spaces. In those situations, you’ll need to use electricity in order to transform indoor areas into homesteading space.

But, as you can see, it’s still possible to grow much of your food in a 600 square foot home. You may build abilities regardless. Most significantly, you can flex your inventive muscles and come up with innovative methods to homestead in such a small area.

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The bottom line is that to be a homesteader, you don’t have to move to the countryside. You may accomplish it at any place. All you need is the will and inventiveness necessary to realize your homesteading aspirations.

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