Thursday, September 17, 2009
I am a disabled, unplanned stay-at-home mom, and attempting to start our own sustainable urban homestead. We are a low-income family of 5, in NW Las Vegas. With a 13, 12 and 4 year old boy, our family of five has no lack of ideas and plenty of hard working dedicated hands. Currently I am taking classes at the community extension service through the Master Gardener program.
Our vision is to have a low-water use, ecologically minded, sustainable urban homestead, complete with edible landscape and native plants, providing proper backyard habitat for some of our species (working with The Tortoise Group, BatCon, the NV chapter of the Center for Biodiversity, and other resources), that is also a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat™.
It seems that many major cities have a prominent Urban Homestead (such as Pasadena’s Path to Freedom). My dream is to create awareness of our unique environment here in the Las Vegas area and Mojave Desert through the development of our own Mojave Homestead, educate ourselves and share that knowledge and expertise with others, and to become THE Example of responsible sustainable urban green living in our unique climate, as well as provide education and support for other hopeful homesteaders, disabled, and would-be gardeners worldwide.
This project has been slow in development due to lack of resources, as right now we are on very limited budget and do receive financial assistance while awaiting my disability determination. Thank you for your patience and understanding of our challenges. We appreciate deeply the knowledge-base and companionship we have received from our family, friends, and fans. I know with your love and support, we will be successful as long as we persevere.
I think of this as my "Planning Phase". This is the first step towards self-sufficiency in the desert. After all, "You are who you Choose to be." ~ The Iron Giant
Thank you for your support, and for sharing our Journey!