My fiance and I are in the final days of buying our first house; as we’re waiting anxiously to close, I’ve begun planning my projects for my impending homestead. Becoming homesteaders is a large reason why we decided to buy a house instead of staying in our apartment. We’ve experimented with home brewing, canning, gardening and other homesteading endeavors, but now that we’ll have a full garage and backyard, we’re looking forward to taking it to the next level.
For those uninitiated, a homesteading “is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.” (Thanks for that definition, Wikipedia.) Since I, like many other people, live in a city, I have to modify my homesteading projects for city living. It’s certainly possible to live a modern and minimalist lifestyle and also homestead. Here are three of my favorite blogs that have helped me learn some of the basics and continue to inspire me.
The tagline of Root Simple is “low tech home tech,” which immediately caught my attention, as a self-professed techie with a love for rustic, classic living. Root Simple finds a happy medium between the culture and lifestyle of running a homestead and living a more sustainable, prepared life.
Root Simple is written by Los Angeles dwellers Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen. Beyond their blog, they’ve also written books about urban homesteading and they also host a podcast of the same name. They cover all aspects of homesteading, from raising animals to healing herbs.
This is primarily a food blog ran by Portland-based photographer/chef Eva Kosmas Flores, but despite the abundance of decadent recipes, Flores explores the process behind great food. She gardens and has chickens, and also co-hosts a podcast called First We Eat, which delves into the history and culture of food.
Adventures in Cooking is informative for foodies who care about where their food comes from and how to incorporate it into busy lifestyles. Notable posts for new gardeners include how to start seeds indoors and a spring cleaning guide. Also, the photography speaks for itself, but it’s really second to none.
Garden Betty is not, in fact, run by a woman named Betty; it’s the brainchild of Linda Ly, a California-based designer and gardening pro. Ly’s blog focuses on gardening, raising chickens, growing and eating seasonal foods, and more. She’s also the author of the recently released CSA Cookbook, which helps people develop recipes based off of the ingredients they receive in a CSA box.
Ly is also an avid traveler, and incorporates the things she learns on her travels into her homestead. She even has a whole series about living off-grid in Mexico.
As we move into our new home and start homesteading more seriously, we’ll be sharing our projects here at The New Artemis. I believe that living sustainably and independently is part of the ethics of being a “modern adventurer,” and I’m looking forward to sharing more homesteading content with you!