Thursday, February 17, 2011

I am not an urban homesteader

which I think leaves me in the clear since the -er of that word isn't trademarked by the sell outs known as the Dervaeses and formerly of "Path to Freedom" fame. I'm just gonna link what Kate said about them and the controversy, and then you can follow a few of her links if you don't know what this is about yet.

People, we all better be growin' food, where ever we find ourselves, rural or urban or subdivision or gated community, or heaven or hell for that matter. I'm not sure what helps people and what hurts but being awake and not being delusional certainly helps.

11 comments:

Mr. H. said...

Yep, when the hungry mobs surround the Dervaes compound all they are going to have left to eat are those silly patented words of theirs. I had to chuckle when I read about that this morning, not so much because it is funny but because just when I think I have heard it all something else comes along to replace it...never fails. Yes, please, let's all just get to growing our own food while there is still time to learn how to do so.

clairesgarden said...

I'm horrified and amazed at the Dervaes family.

clairesgarden said...

I AM an urban homesteader.

CG said...

shoot Claire, where's the "like" button?

I also want to say that I have feet of clay, knees of clay, and quite possibly hips of clay (although truthfully I think it stops just above the knees -- that transitional area is tricky and sometimes moves too). But then I'm not holding myself out as any ideal of anything. I do stuff, I think things, I evolve and move and sometimes even change my mind. I've been known to be wrong and I've been known to be a fool. But I've also been quite right. I am a survivor and a thriver.

Wendy said...

I just hope this whole fiasco doesn't discourage people from doing just that - learning to grow food "no matter where" they are.

Hubbard squash is pretty easy to grow ;).

CG said...

well, on a deeper philosophical level, I think it points up that "the problem" is not "out there", it is within us, all of us, and it is in not recognizing is, not being cognizant of it, and not then guarding against it that the danger really lies.

Kate said...

Thanks for the mention, CG. I don't normally identify as an urban homesteader either. But Ich bin ein urban homesteader.

It seems their TM is going to be challenged by some genuine urban homesteaders, the folks who wrote the book The Urban Homestead - folks whose blog (Root Simple) actually teaches things pertinent so urban homesteading. I'm hoping their challenge is successful.

Alcyone said...

Kate, I linked to you also despite the fact that I'm not very good at discussing the politics of anything on my site (I'm a lot better at just the doing of it all, I think I'm timid in the face of large groups of anything)but it needed saying even by me. I sure do appreciate you post.

CG - JEEZE, Louise! I think I'll go hang out with the garage chickens for a bit. I'll feel better.

CG said...

My husband has been following it rather intensely (it is his style). My very favorite comments were by David at beautifulfoodgarden: It is a movement . . . it eats those who think they've mastered it! Yes! So true of pretty much every single wonderful and worthwhile endeavor.

CG said...

Alcyone, I believe you might have less clay than me.

Bourboned Hardhead said...

.....the fashion of these times,
Where none will sweat but for promotion,
And having that, do choke their service up