Urban homesteading is a growing movement in this country, part of the global re-imagining of culture on the other side of governmental indifference and corporate greed. Concerned about climate change and peak oil? Thinking about localizing your food sources? Wondering how to manage water, waste and energy better? Trying to raise your children with positive, life-centered values? Interested in community building and local self-reliance? Looking for resources for taking care of yourself while taking care of the world?

This book will answer these questions and provides an inspirational how-to and why-to for the urban homesteading movement. Richly illustrated with drawings and photographs, and featuring interviews with homesteaders “on the ground”, Urban Homesteading will give you an introduction to urban permaculture, the power of creating a personal sustainability plan for yourself and your neighborhood, and detailed how-to descriptions on the basics of do-it-yourself ecological living in the city.

Written by Rachel Kaplan with K. Ruby Blume. Photos, maps and original artwork by K. Ruby Blume. Drawings by Marco Aidala.

Sections (click on each to learn more)

  1. Start Where You Are

  2. Gardening and Growing

  3. Eating Close to the Ground

  4. The House

  5. Self-Care, City-Care