100 Ways to Urban Homestead


We’ve been trying to post at least weekly since we started the blog but this past week we missed our mark. I have a good reason though! Last week, we moved! In order to save up for our future home, we realized we needed to decrease our bills so we began looking for a cheaper place to live. We are now more or less fully moved into our new home, a cute little townhome that’s $135 cheaper than our previous rent. It’s cheaper, safer, quieter and I love it. The only thing I don’t love about the place is moving from a house into a townhome, I no longer have my own yard for gardening and other homesteading practices I could have engaged in when I had my own yard. But, I know that self reliance and sustainability is not just for those who have their own land or own yard. Most everyone has heard the famous Theodore Roosevelt quote, “Do what you can with what you have where you are,” and that’s exactly what I plan to do. I don’t have to wait until we have a yard again to start practicing homesteading. So I brainstormed a list of 100 ways to practice urban homesteading.

100 Ways to Urban Homestead:

  1. container gardening
  2. home cooking
  3. growing fresh herbs
  4. sprouting micro-greens
  5. community gardening
  6. saving rain water
  7. soap making
  8. making homemade household cleaners
  9. replacing disposables with reusuables
  10. learn to mend clothing
  11. homemade beauty products
  12. hunting (if you know someone who will let you use thier land)
  13. fishing
  14. sewing
  15. canning
  16. dehydrating
  17. freezing
  18. pickling
  19. fermenting
  20. cheese making
  21. jam/jelly making
  22. crochet
  23. knitting
  24. weaving
  25. spinning
  26. quilting
  27. making homemade babyfood
  28. breastfeeding
  29. cloth diapering
  30. dishpan method of dish washing
  31. line drying clothes
  32. home remedies
  33. bartering with neighbors
  34. composting
  35. candle making
  36. foraging
  37. growing mushrooms
  38. making furniture
  39. DIY home repairs
  40. homeschooling
  41. read up on homesteading topics
  42. make sun tea
  43. start seeds indoors
  44. use houseplants to make the air cleaner
  45. reuse/reclaim objects
  46. save seeds
  47. campfire cooking (you can use a firepit if you don’t have a fireplace or land )
  48. walk or bike for short trips
  49. homemade pest management
  50. insulate for energy efficiency
  51. baking bread
  52. make a sourdough starter
  53. press cooking oil
  54. homemade hygiene products
  55. disaster preparedness
  56. get rid of unnecessary bills
  57. create an emergency food store
  58. make your own yeast
  59. use a generator
  60. DIY car maintenance
  61. practice raising a single chicken or rabbit
  62. Participate in CSA
  63. practice archery (because your neighbors will be more receptive to this than to you shooting off your guns at an apartment 😀 )
  64. save up for your homestead
  65. plan for your future homestead
  66.  attend classes/workshops on homesteading related topics
  67. self grooming (buy a non-disposable razor and learn how to trim your own hair)
  68. mill your own flour
  69. grow flowers
  70. home dying fabrics
  71. curbside shopping
  72. (and for the more adventurous) dumpster diving
  73. practice resource conservation
  74. creating cuts of meat from whole portions
  75. save bacon lard for cooking
  76. basket making
  77. save/store drinking water
  78. make homemade toys
  79. regrow onion greens from clippings
  80. shop in bulk
  81. get to know local food producers
  82. learn a new skill/pastime from an elder
  83. journal your homesteading experiences
  84. collect sunflower seeds
  85. brew your own beer
  86. make homemade juice
  87. teach children sustainability practices
  88. get comfortable with working hard and getting dirty
  89. make homemade pet food/animal feed
  90. incorporate tech-free time into your day
  91. brainstorm DIY lifehacks to make your life simpler
  92. chat up farmers at farmer’s markets
  93. embroidery
  94. make your own butter
  95. volunteer to help your fellow earth dwellers
  96. visit an agricultural extension
  97. learn about the food industry
  98. exchange unhealthy foods for healthier/more sustainable options
  99. appreciate the beauty of nature wherever you are

And Finally

100. Read Homesteading Blogs such as Naturally Independent!

Hopefully these ideas will be helpful to some others out there starting out on their homesteading journey. Do you have any other ideas for Urban homesteading that I missed? If so, please list them in a comment!


6 thoughts on “100 Ways to Urban Homestead

  1. I am starting on my homesteading journey also.. It started two years ago with essentials, homemade soaps, sewing, and now I have breast fed, cloth diapered, line dried clothes, made blankets, mended clothing, made my own beauty care products, pain creams, and found local people that have become friends for fresh eggs, milk, goat milk, veggies, etc. it’s been amazing experience and has resulted in close knit community of support! I enjoyed reading your blog and looking forward to trying to grow some herbs and plant in containers!

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    1. Sounds like you’ve already made great strides towards independence. I’d like to try making some homemade beauty products myself. So far I just use straight baking soda for brushing my teeth and washing my hair but I haven’t tried anything more complicated than that yet.

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