On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast I have a chat with Anne-Marie Miller about her journey into homesteading and all that she’s doing on her urban homestead.
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 141 – May 17, 2020 – Another Urban Homesteading Success Story With Guest Anne-Marie Miller.
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Embracing Urban Homesteading: A Journey of Transformation
Today we delve into the inspiring world of urban homesteading. Our guest, Anne-Marie, also known as Dash from bloomwhereyourplanted.com, shares her remarkable journey of growing abundant food in a city setting.
Anne-Marie’s Homesteading Story
Anne-Marie’s path to urban homesteading began with a simple yet powerful prayer for the ability to feed her family. This led her to a community garden project and eventually to transforming her front yard into a productive garden. Despite initial challenges, including city regulations and the learning curve of gardening, Anne-Marie’s determination and faith led to a thriving urban homestead.
The Urban Homestead
Anne-Marie’s property, about a third of an acre, hosts 10 raised beds in the front yard where she grows a variety of vegetables. The shaded backyard, unsuitable for gardening, became perfect for raising chickens and rabbits. She shares the challenges of urban animal husbandry, including dealing with predators like bobcats and coyotes.
Her journey wasn’t smooth sailing. Anne-Marie faced obstacles such as learning to process chickens for meat and navigating city ordinances. However, she found innovative solutions like using pallets for fencing and creating a “chicken condo” in the garage to keep noise levels down.
Sharing the Knowledge
Motivated to help others, Anne-Marie ventured into blogging and creating YouTube videos. Despite technological challenges, her determination led to a successful blog and a growing audience. She also contributes to the Grow Network, teaching courses on overcoming gardening pests and raising backyard rabbits.
The Impact of Urban Homesteading
Emphasizing the benefits of urban homesteading, Anne-Marie notes how it has transformed her family’s diet from processed to fresh, homegrown foods. She highlights the importance of eating seasonally and the reduced reliance on meat.
A Message to Aspiring Urban Homesteaders
Anne-Marie encourages those considering urban homesteading to start small and find joy in the process. She stresses the importance of seeking help when faced with challenges, whether through prayer, community, or learning from others.
Anne-Marie’s story is a testament to what can be achieved with determination, faith, and a willingness to learn. Her urban homestead not only feeds her family but also serves as an inspiration and educational resource for others. Her journey reminds us that with creativity and resourcefulness, you can bloom where you’re planted, no matter where that might be.
- Dash’s Website: https://bloomwhereyourplanted.com/
- Dash’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBUP7AkJ5Sg_SlHue0jgdA