Event Detail

Urban Homestead Design Lab


16, 2013


From 10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM
Event: Homegrown
Status: Closed

Urban Homestead Design Lab with Rachel Kaplan 

Urban homesteading provides pathways to connect more deeply to place, community and self, and live a richer more resilient existence that is less resource intensive.  People everywhere are discovering the pleasure and sense of empowerment that comes from reviving heirloom skills and a do-it-yourself ethic... Are you eager to start homesteading on your urban or suburban lot? Wondering how to work with your limited space? How to begin, or continue? How to make it yourself, and where to get help? 

Before and after--create habitat that sustains.
(photos by K. Ruby Blume)

This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the different elements that make up a thriving urban homestead--soil, food and medicine crops, animals, water, energy, natural building, community resourcing--and how to put them together to best meet your needs in whatever space you have.  This workshop will offer some basic permaculture design tools, as well as some common sense how-to projects for the urban homestead. This workshop is experiential--come with your questions and ideas and expect to experiment with a variety of homesteading options. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the opportunities and challenges of both your land and your lifestyle. You'll connect with a community of like-minded people and leave with a large dose of inspiration, a greater understanding of the elements of an urban homestead and strategies for putting them all together.

About the Instructor: 

Rachel Kaplan works as a somatic psychotherapist, homesteader, educator and mother. She lives with her family on a small homestead they call Tiny Town Farm in Petaluma. She is the author (with K. Ruby Blume) of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. She recently founded Eco-Somatic Action, an ongoing inquiry into body- and place-based transformation. Rachel is a long-time collaborator with Daily Acts and driving force in the local homegrown movement. 

Visit Rachel's website: urban-homesteading.org

Daily Acts
P.O. Box 293, Petaluma, CA 94953