Sustainable Urban Farming: Everything Old Is New Again


A photo of Vickie Morgan“Everything old is new again.” That’s what the plaque my daughter gave me for Christmas read. She thought it fit me perfectly.

In order to live the sustainable life that I strive for, I’ve been finding out that everything old is new again, and it has been helping people lead a more enriching life. It is leading to people back to the land and to trying to be homesteaders again.

Everything Old Is New Again plaque

Not everyone can live in the country though and achieve homesteading to that degree. Some of us cannot afford to make the move or some of us just love living in the city. Believe it or not it’s not all bad living in the city. We love our neighbors, and the convenience just can’t be beat. That’s where the term urban homesteaders come in, which basically means that we are city dwellers who try to do as much for ourselves as possible in order to live a more sustainable life.

How to achieve this though, if you live on just a half acre like we do or an even a small city lot? A garden is a great way to start. It’s amazing how much you can grow on a small plot of land. In order to get as much from my garden as possible, I plant my seeds a lot closer than recommended, and I grow vertically as much as possible. I use techniques such as bean teepees and growing pole beans in the corn. We’ve recently expanded our garden space and this year we will be using even more of our backyard, putting it to good use growing food.

Of course, after the harvest you will need to know how to preserve the food by canning, freezing or drying. If you don’t know how to can, you can usually find a canning course at your local extension service or even at the library. Just imagine going to your pantry in January and eating green beans from your garden that you harvested in August. The taste is superior and you know where they came from and just how they were grown.

5/7/2010 11:32:49 AM

Hi shannon, So excited. Can't wait to have chickens- I would say any climbing bean should work- you might want to give the corn a little headstart though -they will kind of choke them a little. Are you already planting beans -oh I am a little jealous. We planted some potatoes last week and onions - usually we don't get that chance- We are scheduled for a frost Saturday and Sunday and we could get a little snow Sunday night. vickie

S.M.R. Saia
5/7/2010 10:29:17 AM

Vickie that is AWESOME!!!! You should be so proud of yourself. I can't wait to see the photos of your chickens!!!! Question - can you grow any climing bean up corn stalks????

2/20/2010 7:36:41 PM

Oz Girl, It sounds positive so far- I hope it continues that way! vickie

Live The Good Life with GRIT!

Grit JulAug 2016At GRIT, we have a tradition of respecting the land that sustains rural America. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing to GRIT through our automatic renewal savings plan. By paying now with a credit card, you save an additional $6 and get 6 issues of GRIT for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of GRIT for just $22.95!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters