Urban Homesteading. What’s that, you say? Urban homesteading is a grassroots revolution, a move towards creating the best of country life in the middle of the city. Some urban homesteaders transform their standard-sized lot into a functional permaculture farm, complete with chickens, bees and year-round veggies. Other urban homesteaders concentrate on the do-it-yourself (DIY) part of the culture, making their own yoghurt, cheese, handknit sweaters and jam. A new local business, the Homesteader’s Emporium, is where to shop in Vancouver for all your urban homesteading supplies. They’ll supply you with whatever goods or knowledge you need to get started as an urban homesteader. I popped in to check it out a few weeks ago.
A Little Bit of Everything
The Homesteader’s Emporium has a little bit of everything for the urban homesteader. Shelves are arranged according to activity: a shelf for cheese-making, a shelf for bread-baking, a shelf for canning. On each shelf are the hard-to-find or essential tools you’ll need for the job. Hand-crank grain mills. Bacterial cultures. Plastic-free canning jars. Mushroom cultures. Beeswax. I spent ages looking at all the things I’d read about or seen online that I’d never had a chance to check out in person, especially those gorgeous Weck canning jars.
Learn a New Skill
If you’re curious about a homesteading or DIY skill but never had the courage to try it yourself at home, the Homesteader’s Emporium is a great place to learn alongside someone who will show you the ropes. Workshops are held regularly, and focus on many different skills and projects. Examples of recent workshops include Home Coffee Roasting, Ancient SCOBYS (natural probiotics like Kombucha, Kefir and Ginger Beer) and Cheese Making. The great thing about workshops is that they’re a low-impact way of trying something out to see if you like it, without a big investment in equipment up front.
Where to Shop in Vancouver for Backyard Chicken Gear
Vancouver is an especially friendly city for urban homesteaders due to our backyard chickens bylaw. City residents are permitted a backyard chicken coop and a maximum of four hens, which will produce delicious eggs for you and promote local food production. The Homesteader’s Emporium has everything you might need to get started with backyard chickens, including ready-built chicken coops, chicken feed and knowledgeable folks to help you out with any questions you might have. It’s where to shop in Vancouver to see what’s involved in keeping chickens first hand.
If your New Year’s resolutions involve starting a garden, learning to can or doing more DIY projects, the Homesteader’s Emporium is where to shop in Vancouver to get started. With a great range of products and on-site expertise, you’re set. From a $20 lactobacillus sauerkraut making kit to a gorgeous wooden cider press, there’s something for everyone who wants to make, do or grow as an urban homesteader.
The Homesteader’s Emporium
Michelle Carchrae is often asking those important life questions: "who moved the scissors?", "how would you do that differently next time?" and "are you finished with the glitter glue?" Homeschooling two girls, ages 6 and 3, is her full time job. The rest of the time Michelle can be found blogging at The Parent Vortex, hiking in the forest or knitting and reading simultaneously. She recently published her first ebook, The Parenting Primer: A guide to positive parenting in the first six years, and moved to Bowen Island.