In 2010, I began a little blog on Blogspot called “Biophilia.” It was a passion project for a few months, but as I branched out my topics, it morphed intoBig City, Little Homestead (BCLH). BCLH was about Canadian history, home ec, gardening, food processing, and sustainable living, with renovations and DIY projects thrown in.

It didn’t occur to me to become a “blogger;” I wasn’t writing for anyone else, and there were other blogs about homesteading and prepping out there. I didn’t want to annoy my visitors with ads. I had no idea what I was doing, and this was the heyday of blogging! All I wanted to do was write about appreciating nature, wild plants and animals, and bringing country back into city life. (I had a lot of robot traffic, but as for real people… I doubt it.)

Blogger statistics! Bots from Russia!

Given that I didn’t have a blogging strategy or goal, I tapered off in about 2015. I turned my attention towards learning how to create and run a business and proejcts I’m passionate about.

I still try to write a blog post about once a month, or when I have something that’s relevant to share with you. The content here right from the beginning of my blogging to today is still good, in fact, it’s better than it was, as I’ve cut out my ramblings and liberties, and focussed it here for your use and enjoyment.

OK, so why do I care so much about urban homesteading?

Well, as you can imagine, if you have a yard, it’s incredibly satisfying to grow your own tomatoes and other vegetables, to enjoy the beauty of a garden, and share it with birds and other wildlife. Not just thewild lifeof backyard patio parties (Woot!).

Next, given how much we need nature to survive, let alone thrive, it upsets me when people develop green, non-urban land. We need to put nature back everywhere we took it away. And we need to stop mowing lawns. Don’t you agree?

One of the best side effects of putting nature back is the feeling of peace and happiness one gets from being in the centre of a green space. On top of that, it increases property values, retains tenants for longer, can lower energy costs, and have other long-term financial benefits.

But since we’re so used to lawns and asphalt and pavers in the garden – we don’t always know how. And that’s why I created Rewilding. Click over to see what I’m offering and why.

So, dear readers, my call to action to you is:

Though homestead seems all chuckwagon! and wood-chopping! and cattle ranching! – just a little shift brings it back to modern life. So,

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Let’s garden, and make and process food.

Let’s plant native species and install habitat to accommodate insects, butterflies, birds, and small animal urban wildlife, andbe gentle with creatures who take up residence – even those we’d like to move on.

In the off-season, let’s water the birds and squirrels that come by, and cozy up by the low-emission fireplace (andincandescent lamplight).

And for those of us who lovecrafting,we can to do more of it in winter while we watch end-to-end episodes on Netflix.