How to Homestead in a City

Many of us would like to be able to afford a plot of land in the middle of nowhere and set up an amazing homestead, but that’s not always an option for everyone. One of the big appeals of homesteading is becoming self-reliant. So while you may be tethered to an urban lifestyle for now, there’s plenty you can do to become more self-reliant and homestead right where you are.

Grow Your Food:

This one is definitely obvious, but many people aren’t aware of how much they can really do in a small space. Tower gardens, box gardens, window gardens and even simple sprout gardens on your counter all provide great alternative to traditional garden beds, and are very space-efficient.

Get Chickens:

You’d have to check your local zoning regulations, but many urban neighborhoods these days allow chickens. Even a few hens can provide you with a nice supply off eggs for part of the year, and they’re really fun for kids to feed and get to watch grow. Like gardening, there are a lot of options for coops and outdoor space for hens, and also small varieties that make great options for aspiring urban chicken farmers.

Hang your laundry:

Also sometimes subject to neighborhood ordinances, if you live somewhere having a clothesline is allowed this is a great option to save on energy bills and feel like a proper homesteader right in your backyard. With the added benefit of the sun’s antibacterial rays and the amazingly fresh smell of air-dried laundry, what seems like an extra chore will most likely become quite a pleasure in no time.



Even if you live in the middle of a city, there’s often a lot of options for food foraging in city parks or wilderness areas outside the city. Look up a local foraging group or buy a guide and you’re sure to be on your way to seeking out uncommon mushrooms and wild greens in no time!

Hunt and Fish:

While you’d most likely have to travel outside an urban area to hunt or fish, this is a great option for obtaining more self-reliance while living in a city or suburb. There is nothing quite as rewarding as catching your own food, and with the right skills, processing equipment and food storage, you can easily stock up on meat and save yourself hundreds of dollars.

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2 thoughts on “How to Homestead in a City

  1. Maybe you’re concerned by the perils of the global industrial food system and packaged foods made of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Or perhaps you’re just looking to dig into the dirt and spend some quality time with Mother Nature herself. Whatever the reason to get your garden on, the local food movement is blowing up, so rest assured that there are a ton of ways to get down and dirty in your city.

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