Purpose and Possibilities of Small Scale Urban and Suburban Homesteading


On today’s podcast episode, Harold and Rachel talk about urban and suburban homesteading and whether or not it is worth it, practical, or even really possible right where you are, or should you even bother and just move to the country.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 237 – March 17, 2024

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We Discuss

Is it worth it?

Is it practical?

Is it possible where you are?

Advantages of Urban and Suburban Homesteading

  • Urban Homesteading Is Not New
    • According to archived USDA fact sheets, there were more than 20 million victory gardens in 1943, which produced 10 billion pounds of food. In 1944, gardens provided around 40 percent of the U.S. vegetable supply. Two-thirds of the gardens were in towns, cities, and suburban areas. About 27% was produced on urban and suburban homesteads
  • The production of an abundance of healthy food in a small space
  • Environmental Benefits
  • Can present small business opportunities
  • Turns a liability into an asset
  • Inspires others!

Challenges and Solutions

Space Constraints

  • Selecting compact and high-yield crops.
  • Utilizing Vertical Space
  • Containers / Grow Bags

Indoor Growing

  • Utilizing hydroponics and aquaponics systems.

Zoning and legal restrictions

  • Familiarize oneself with local ordinances and regulations.
  • Engaging with local officials to promote urban and suburban farming initiatives.

Time management

  • Prioritizing tasks and setting realistic goals.
  • Utilizing automation and smart technologies.

Evaluating Your Property For Its Homesteading Potential And Exploring Options

  • Sun Exposure
  • Soil Quality
  • Existing Infrastructure
  • Local Ordinances
  • Water quality or issues?

Getting Started


  • Garden Beds
  • Pathways
  • Greenhouse
  • Compost Bins


Soil Testing for Nutrients, Heavy Metals, and Ph Levels

  • Compost
  • Compost Tea
  • Vermicompost
  • Chop and Drop Plants
  • Biochar

Picking Your Crops

  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Annual Plants
  • Perennial Plants

-What you like to eat

-What grows well in your zone (start with natives)

Water Management

  • Water Collection
  • Water Delivery – hoses, drip irrigation


  • Rabbits
  • Quail
  • Chickens
  • Goats
  • Pheasant
  • Fish

Other Ways To Provide Food For Your Homestead

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Foraging
  • Bartering

Preserving The Food

  • Canning
  • Dehydrating
  • Fermenting
  • Freezing

Creating Closed-Loop Systems For Greater Self-Sufficiency And Sustainability

  • Seed Saving
  • Plant Propagation
  • Livestock Loop
  • Implementing Permaculture

Engaging With The Local Community

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