In 2011, 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 into Big 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. This was the heyday of blogging, and I had no idea what I was doing! I didn’t want to annoy my visitors with sponsored content and ads. All I wanted to do was write about appreciating nature, wild plants and animals, and bringing the country back into city life.

Blogger statistics! Bots from Russia! (I had a lot of robot traffic, but as for real people, I don’t know)

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 projects I’m passionate about.

I still write a blog post about once in a blue moon, whenever I have something relevant to share. The content here, from the beginning up ’til today, is still good. (In fact, it’s better than it was, as I’ve honed my research and ramblings 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 the wild life of 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 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, and be 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 (and incandescent lamplight).

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

Sounds hyggelig.

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