This is Amanda of Apartment Farm. After our exodus from Chicago, blogging at Apartment Farm didn’t quite feel right to me anymore. We still haven’t bought our own place or made any super-drastic changes in our life (well, aside from the sea change of leaving the city, that is), but we’re not urban homesteaders anymore. We’re in suburbia, which is a vastly different place from the north side of Chicago, and we have green space of our own. So the challenges and projects that I’m embarking upon are going to be a lot different than those who choose to remain in the city. While I’m not turning on my back on that part of my life, it is time to move on from it. And I’ll respectfully let those doing the urban farming be the ones to share their own voices without me chiming in from the suburban hinterlands.
The fundamental core of our family (and of this new blogging home) are the same as they were at Apartment Farm – to be as self-sufficient as possible. To always grow as much of our own food as we’re able to. To can and preserve and fill our larder for the cold months from our own garden or farmers that we get to know personally. To make and do for ourselves as much as we can – sewing, candle making, DIY Christmas gifts, brewing beer, making wine, baking bread – you name it. To not wantonly exploit fossil fuels to cater to our wants instead of needs (we do own a car now but the trick is to be responsible with it – I’m aiming for two grocery trips per month, and that’s it!).
And what’s in a name? Everything. Agrarian – of the land. Revival – an awakening. An awakening of the land – Agrarian Revival. Whether here in suburbia, on a little farm in the country or who knows where we’ll end up next – where ever we are we will be working towards awakening the land that lies around us. And about the tagline “householding in the modern age” – this is a concept that I’ve been mulling over for awhile now (my most recent article on the topic, On Longing for Simpler Times is over at Apartment Farm). Susan Haye’s excellent book Radical Homemakers encourages people to participate in home-based economies instead of consumer-driven ones. And one of my favorite blog authors, Paula of Weeding for Godot (and can I just say, how can you not like a blog that has a header photo of hops and a name that’s a play off of a Samuel Beckett work?) summarizes exactly what people like you and me are trying to do in her excellent article Householding vs. Homesteading. And you know what? It ain’t homesteading folks! As Paula points out, we’re not trying to carve something from the wilderness or hold down a claim for title and deed. What we’re trying to do is run self-sufficient households, where a dollar saved is more valuable than a dollar earned, and where food in the pantry is better security than money in the bank. We’re householding.
And I hope you’ll join me. I’ve greatly appreciated the fellowship and insightful discussions we’ve had at Apartment Farm over the years (seven years!). I assure you they will continue here with great enthusiasm. Crafting, cooking, gardening and all the trappings of a good life, lived simply are what I’m aiming for. And I’m thrilled to be able to continue to share it with all of you.
P.S. Please make sure you update your blog subscriptions and feed links with this address – while I’ll always leave Apartment Farm up as a reference site for you (and me!) all of my new articles will be hosted right here from now on.