I’m looking for anyone who would like to write a post about any of the following ideas. Send me an email if you’re interested!
Gardening Medicinal Herbs – Homesteading for Health
The Mini-Homestead – Apartment Gardening & Food Production
Marketing Your Homestead: Can it Ever be Profitable?
Wild Collection in BC: from Fishing to Mushroom Picking
Also, last night when I was up until 2am tending sick kidlets I had a sort of idiot’s epiphany. It’s obviously a crazy idea, and I’m probably just an old commie at heart, but I’ll tell you anyways.
Take a square city block, especially one here in Strathcona in Vancouver, and make it a collective (the dreaded word!). Get rid of the alley – don’t worry I’ll get back to the realities of that. Take away 20′ or so from everyone’s yards. Those with shed can either lose the shed or it can become a tool shed, or a garage for the farm equipment, or a warm home for the animals. Oh yes, animals. Turn the rest of the collected area and the alley into pasture and a large garden. How many of what animals could it support? Could we grow most of the vegetables and fruit we need for every family in the collective? It’s just like the commons in England where anyone could bring their animal to pasture, only the vegetable garden and fruit trees would also be common. People could sign up for duties, which could revolve.
The alley would have to be mostly pasture so that city trucks could still come to deal with sewers etc – but it wouldn’t be any harder for them to deal with than asphalt I can’t imagine.
The land would all have to purchased by a society I would think, and everyone would have to be renters. I’m sure it would fail in the end, since it relies so heavily on cooperation and trust. But it was a pretty fun dream in the middle of the night. Can you imagine what the bureaucrats would say if city council passed it!? HA!
I’m back to reality now, working on my garden plan. See you tomorrow!