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May 13, 2012

The Romance of Abandonment- Jean

The Romance of Abandonment- Jean

May 13, 2012

Private Urban Food Production – Sorrel

The validity of a so-called ‘back-to-the-city’ movement has been rather undermined by Aaron Renn, in his article for the Newgeographer. He points out that although movement to the suburbs has flattened out, cities and downtowns have not experienced any sort of booms. But city and suburb life is changing, regardless of exactly how the population is flowing. Urban homesteaders are cropping up everywhere— people intent upon growing their own food, raising their own livestock, keeping their own bees, and creating a more self sustaining urban lifestyle.

Normally, practical urban homesteading still requires more space than the average apartment-dweller has (unless they have access to a roof, in which case they can grow vegetables there). However, because many American cities are so sprawled and people have lawns even in the middle of town, homesteading is a very viable option for many families. And, even without a lot of space, it can be done. (Notice also the great way to recycle plastic bottles by making them into plant pots!) In addition to just growing veggies, though, urban homesteaders keep various kinds of livestock, from simple chickens and ducks, to goats and pigs.

Urban beekeeping is also a rising trend in cities across the world— it takes less space than gardening or livestock, and bees are incredibly integral to our environment and food systems because of how much food they pollinate. Because of something called Colony Collapse Disorder, at least 30% of the bee population is disappearing. This makes beekeeping especially important.

So, despite the fact that there doesn’t seem to actually be a back-to-the-city movement parallel to the back-to-the-land movement of the 60s and 70s, there definitely seems to be a similar rise in environmental awareness, ecological and social sustainability, and do-it-yourself attitude.