2/21/11 update: Deanna at Crunchy Chicken has compiled a list of urban homesteaders who are protesting this trademark. Check us out!
“Hi, I’m BrownThumbMama and I’m an urban homesteader.”
This is just one of the categories I place myself in, but at the moment it’s a dangerous place to be. A family in Southern California who grows their own food and lives a self-sufficient lifestyle has trademarked “Urban Homestead” and “Urban Homesteading.”
OK, so what’s the problem? They recently started sending cease and desist letters to bloggers, libraries, community groups and others, shutting down their Facebook pages and engaging in other bullying tactics.
These actions just disgust me. My experience with blogging, gardening, self-sufficient living, and general green/crunchy-ness has been overwhelmingly positive. There is a camaraderie among folks who are bucking the capitalist life to help the Earth and each other.
There are so many things I want to try, and good examples that I’m trying to follow. I learn from these and other bloggers every day, with every post.
- Track my harvest, like Kate
- Keep bees in my backyard, like Bill
- Make my own personal care items
- Cloth diapers and wipes for the new baby
- Jumping in with both feet and doin’ it all (their book is fantastic)
I used to be impressed by this family because they supported themselves and made a living from their homestead. I used to stop by their blog and be amazed at the amount of food they grow their yard. Now I’m sickened by the fact that they’re trying to monopolize a phrase and a popular movement for their own gain.
“Take Back Urban Homesteading” on Facebook