By Michael Nolan
After Reg & I finished work on our upcoming urban gardening book “I Garden – Urban Style,” I had a lot of thinking to do.
Though I have spent decades living, loving and teaching the urban gardening lifestyle there was something I’d longed for since childhood that I wouldn’t be able to find in city life.
At the end of May I packed up and moved from Atlanta to a small 10 acre rural homestead in Alabama where I have been slowly but surely building my dream of a sustainable organic homestead farm ever since.
At first I thought this move might mean the end of my contributions to UGC but I’ve been here a long time and after spending the better part of a year working with Reggie on the book (that every one of you needs, by the way) I just couldn’t bring myself to say goodbye.
With that in mind, I plan to introduce a new angle here at Urban Garden Casual by documenting this new journey as I create a rural homestead farm based on my urban gardening skills and know how.
As I write about new projects and happenings on my farm I will endeavor to show how those ideas can translate to the urban environment as well. Of course I don’t expect that everyone will be able to raise pigs in their back yard or have the space to grow 100 foot rows of tomatoes, beans, peppers, okra or corn, but the country has a lot to learn from the city (and vice versa), and I hope that this new insight might help to bring two schools of gardening thought a little closer to common ground.