As food prices rise and commercial food quality suffers, the idea of growing food at home is taking off as never before. Newsweek magazine has a fairly insightful article on that very topic. Better still, it has links to a number of web sites that I will have to explore in the coming days, such as the blog Beyond The Lawn.
My inspiration was a book entitled The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen. This book is especially good if you’re an inexperienced urban farmer who’s looking to start out. I’ve found it inspiring and instructive on things as simple as the idea that mulching your garden will keep water in the ground, regulate the soil temperature, and control erosion. Some of the more detailed things in the book are not well explained, but with a little research, it’s easy to find out what you need to know.
Curiously, the authors of the book The Urban Homestead and the Beyond The Lawn blog both live in Los Angeles. Not exactly the place you would think of as an agricultural haven, but both families have found great personal satisfaction and stronger communities through their urban farming. If it’s possible two blocks off Sunset Avenue, it’s possible in Milwaukee, Waukesha, or anywhere else.