Big City, Little Homestead

Living rural in the city.


Green4r has now been rolled into Rewilding

A subtle change to our web presence has occurred in that our old website,, or, has now been redirected into our Rewilding blog here. Some old Green4r blog posts – or, those that weren’t already there and haven’t moved yet – will be moving to the general blog at, at a timely location in the choronology, or at an upcoming time when they will be most relevant for you.

Creating lawn habitat for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee

Bumblebees are important pollinators of native and fruiting crops, and Rusty-patched Bumblebees have been decimated by 90% of earlier population counts. They have finally been granted Endangered status in the United States. This article gives you all the details on the bumblebee and its status. In one of the comments, a reader writes that people in the midwest can create habitat for the bees by ripping out their manicured lawns, and creating meadow replacements with water features.