I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about this blog, and this venture. We haven’t posted much in the last few weeks, and I realized that it’s because this little venture of ours has needed to go through a bit of a transition, and it decided to go through that transition without us, Jess and Johnny.

Fundamentally, we’re explorers of sorts. Both of us are shameless intellectuals, Jess and academic, me a recovering academic, and at our core we’re restlessly curious about pretty much everything. So when the idea to make our own things, and then go to farmer’s markets and sell them came up, we thought “what a great experience to have!” Sure, we thought other things, like how great a way to make a few extra bucks, how much fun it would be, what great values, what a great way to be a part of the community, and they’re all as valid as the next thought. But I think at our core we thought what we always think about new ideas, which is “what an interesting experience to have!” And it was.

Things like learning to make your own preserves and canned food, your own cleaner and pasta and bread, mend your clothes, have a garden…things like that stay with you once you take them in. I’m a baker now, just like my daddy, just like my grandparents back I don’t know how many generations. Fresh produce from our own garden is now and will forever be infinitely better than store bought and much more satisfying to ingest. Things like that don’t change.

But ventures evolve, and I’ve been wondering how this little venture is going to. Everybody has their own journey. I realized that this was not going to be just another blog about “Urban Homesteading.” Jess said, when we were talking about this the other day, that this, Hogtown Homestead, is more an adventure in sustainable living, in authentic living. It’s the running story of two well meaning members of a society that has broken and is trying all they can to fix themselves, figuring out how to remove their habits and tendencies from the clutches of the plastic, corporate, thoughtless routine. We’re getting ready to travel in a few weeks, so now we’re full of questions on how to travel on a tight, tight budget and still resist the ease of fast food, of consumer culture. How to still eat fresh local foods when you have a laughably small budget for food, as any traveler does. Broader questions like that.

So. All that to say, things will be broadening up around here, so stay tuned. Contribute to the conversation, that’s why we love the comment section. We’ll keep you posted about where we’re headed. Have suggestions about what you know about the different places? Let us know!

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