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**mods- i didn't know where to post this. please move it wherever it should be**<br><br>
DH and i's dream is to have a homestead whether it be in the country or in suburbia- whatever it is we can manage. i had the thought in the back of my mind that we could make our apartment a homestead of sorts but i kept thinking i was just being ridiculous, that it was an oxymoron. but lately it has been really pulling at both DH and i. and look what we just found...<br><br><a href="http://pathtofreedom.com/resources/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=217&Itemid=54" target="_blank">http://pathtofreedom.com/resources/i...=217&Itemid=54</a><br><br>
it made me, at least, feel more sane in my dreams. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
i'd love to have a tribe of apartment homesteaders- homesteaders working with what we have, for now, in the hopes of getting the country/suburbia homestead we crave.
 

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You should check out Delight's blog. She downsized from a traditional 2 story home to a 1 bedroom apartment, then to an even smaller 1 bedroom apartment and finally to a veggie fuel motorhome.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.walkslowlylivewildly.com" target="_blank">www.walkslowlylivewildly.com</a>
 

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I love path to freedom. That's a great site.<br><br>
DH and i live in a rented townhouse, technically an apartment but it's got multiple levels. Anyway, this last year we raised about a third of our produce here, and next year it will be more. We have three vermicomposting bins, a rain barrel, and all sorts of other systems in place to enhance our self-sufficiency. You don't need a big country lot to start making moves toward a "homesteading" lifestyle.
 

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this is so inspiring, thank you!
 

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There are all sorts of things you can do now in an apartment to become more self suffoicent.<br><br>
Grow some leafy greens or herbs in a window box<br>
vermicompost (worm bin composting)<br>
cook from scratch<br>
Hang laundry to dry<br>
learn to bake bread<br>
learn to sew<br><br>
read a lot for when you move to a place with a patch of land.<br><br>
We live on an itty bitty tiny city lot but have a massive garden, raspberries, starwberries every year and I have learned how to can food as well.<br><br>
We have also built compost bins and a solar dehydrator. If the gutters actually worked we would have rain barrels but this is a rental and fixing the gutters is not on the landlords radar.<br><br>
You can also do websearched for "urban homesteaders" or "city homsteaders" and find other groups that have adapted to the city life.
 

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bump! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I love the Path to Freedom site. It is so inspiring and has helped me come to terms with making the most of what we have NOW even though I am longing for a multi-acre farm!<br><br>
I do have a home with a city sized lot now and there is so much we can do on the land. We have only begun to utilize the space and are adding more each year.<br><br>
Before this, I lived for several years in a tiny apartment with no yard. I used window boxes for herbs like a PP suggested.<br><br>
Another thing I did was 'rent' a year round space at a community garden. I maintained the space for several years and had a nice berry patch (raspberries and strawberries), a grape vine, some herb and flowers - plus lots of annual veggies like tomatoes, squash, greens, etc. Only a 10' x 20' space but it really provided quite a bit!<br><br>
I also agree about learning to preserve food while it is in season. My apartment was only a block away from the weekly farmer's market, so I shopped there to supplement what I didn't grow, but wasn't into preserving at the time.<br><br>
These days I am trying to do more canning, drying and freezing of things. Even if I don't grow them myself, it is great to buy them locally and in season (great farmer's markets here!) and enjoy them the rest of the year.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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yay! Im glad I found this thread. We will be moving into our apartment in 10 days! Downsizing from a 3 bedroom 2 bath basement/garage to a 2 bedroom one bath small apartment.<br>
Im determined to make this work! Im sure it will.<br>
I have a few concerns but nothing too big, like where should I hang my clothes to dry ect. I kinda feel like im going to be doing laundry all day long<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We use cloth everything but before, I would wash in our washing machine and hang dry. Now we don't have a machine but am getting one of these<br><a href="http://www.lehmans.com/jump.jsp?itemID=1600&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C127%2C284&KickerID=77&KICKER" target="_blank">http://www.lehmans.com/jump.jsp?item...erID=77&KICKER</a><br>
once we move in and funds allow. It should help cut down the time.<br>
A window sill garden is another one of many questions. Mostly just what grows best and keeping kittys away ect. My MIL is getting this for me for christmas<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FEdible-Indoor-Garden-Complete-Vegetables%2Fdp%2F0312236905%2Fref%3Dsr_1_3%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1196784102%26sr%3D1-3" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Edible-Indoor-...6784102&sr=1-3</a><br>
Im hoping this will help<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I also found this book<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FUrban-Homestead-Self-sufficient-Process-Self-Reliance%2Fdp%2F1934170011%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1196784273%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Urban-Homestea...6784273&sr=8-1</a><br>
I'd be interested to check it out. I think its new. Im hoping our library will have it once we move.
 

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bumpin' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Now we don't have a machine but am getting one of these<br><a href="http://www.lehmans.com/jump.jsp?itemID=1600&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C127%2C284&KickerID=77&KICKER" target="_blank">http://www.lehmans.com/jump.jsp?item...erID=77&KICKER</a></div>
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This pressure washer is the neatest thing I've seen in a while! I showed it to my husband and he's totally in! While it won't replace all of our washing just yet, we can take it camping (which we do quite often) and will use it for cloth diapers exclusively in the house. Thanks so much for sharing!
 
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