Something strange is going on around Denver. Home owners are replacing sod with vegetable beds and building chicken coops by their garages. A power player is turning prime downtown real estate into a miniature farm, and a developer is planning a subdivision based around farmer's markets. Citizens are fighting for their right to raise honey bees, hens, dwarf goats and pot-bellied pigs. The urban homesteading movement is re-imagining, yard by yard and meal by meal what it's like to live in Denver -- not just to save money but to help the environment and enrich the country's food-production system.
Over the next few months, Westword writer Joel Warner will get his own hands dirty with backyard chickens, front lawn gardens, greenhouses, co-ops and food-sharing. In the process he'll look at what the movement says about shifting concepts of urban living, sustainability, self-sufficiency and dinner-table politics. Scroll down to find links to his stories and other urban homesteading resources.
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This week's story: -Final harvest, September 1, 2009
Previous stories: -EarthLinks helps the displaced set down roots, August 25, 2009 -Fort owner Holly Arnold Kinney uses her garden to dig into her past, August 18, 2009 -Breaking Ground is putting down roots in vacant lots, August 11, 2009 -Blue and Yellow Logic hopes to mix up a new form of green, August 4, 2009 -Class is in session at Denver's new urban farming school, July 28, 2009 -Taking a spin with compost king Mike Haynes, July 14, 2009 -Extreme Makeover, chicken coop edition, July 7, 2009 -Where's the beef? At the Green Fooder's house, June 30, 2009 -Separating the natives from the non-natives at local farmer's markets, June 23, 2009 -Growing weird with Russ Dale's mystic space garden, June 17, 2009 -Lifestyles of the cooped and feathered -- a slideshow, June 9, 2009 -Introducing Heirloom Gardens, your friendly neighborhood farm, June 2, 2009 -Agriburbia's putting the herbs back in burbs, May 26, 2009 -Making urban greenhouses as hip as coffee shops, May 19, 2009 -Denver's convoluted livestock laws lead to renegade chickens, May 12, 2009 -Grow Local plans to inspire 2009 new gardens in 2009, May 5, 2009. -Christie Isenberg aims to till the asphalt jungle, April 29, 2009 -Denver's Urban Gardeners are Digging Their Backyard Farms, April 29, 2009