Urban Homesteaders: The New Normal?

Urban Homesteaders: The New Normal?

Stephanie Kinnear
Sep 22, 2009

There are all sorts of levels of urban homesteading. We'd argue that if you grow your own tomatoes and can the extras for winter, you're a bit of a homesteader. But then there are the more dedicated/extreme homesteaders—take Novella Carpenter for instance ...

Novella Carpenter—who is profiled in this month's edition of Popular Mechanics—lives in Oakland, Ca, in a neighborhood called Ghost Town.

There she "grows broccoli and lettuce right next to fig trees and passion fruit vines. Included in her annual crop: 1095 eggs, 200 pounds of tomatoes, 16 quarts of honey, 40 rabbits and 210 quarts of goat's milk."

We were totally fascinated by Carpenter's story (she delivered a baby goat during the interview) and the fact that she's chosen Oakland, Ca as the home for her farm.

Read about Carpenter and other homesteaders here.

Image: Popular Mechanics

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