"How to Homestead" Tours Bring Small Town Skills to the Big City

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"How to Homestead" Tours Bring Small Town Skills to the Big City "How to Homestead" Tours Bring Small Town Skills to the Big City
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"How to Homestead" Tours Bring Small Town Skills to the Big City

by Allison Arieff

February 21, 2011

"Growing up in a small town, the Vets hall, the grange—these were the places of congregation. There were square dances, there still are, [and one day]," explains Melinda Stone, a professor, filmmaker, and organic farmer, "I just started thinking: where are the granges in SF—where are our local town halls? Where can I congregate with my neighbors?"

"At the heart of these tours is a drive to re-enliven community spaces, many of which were built during our first depression with WPA funds," says Stone. "We may not have the federal funds behind us now, but the need is there and we are hoping to fill these vibrant but little known spaces to the brim with good times and simple DIY knowledge." 

So what does homesteading mean to 21st century folk? Stone offers this take, "Homesteading to me is respecting and utilizing the resources surrounding your home—some folks have a homestead that is 20 acres, others enjoy a patio homestead—but whatever one has I think it necessary and enjoyable to use it to its fullest."
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