I yam what I yam…..

Posted on | February 21, 2011 | 10 Comments

I’m a gardener. I raise small livestock. I can. I sew. I do all things primitive, and I do it on a scant more than a tenth of an acre. Then someone comes along & tells me I can’t anymore. OK, so I’m not not allowed to garden, raise small livestock, can, sew or do primitive things, but now someone wants me to rewrite MY history, rewrite my blogs, rewrite MY notes & call me something I am not.

Last week the urban gardening community was attacked. Attacked as only BigAg can do. Attacked in a way that SCREAMS Mons
anto. No one knows why because the attackers were such an inspiration to the urban community. They forged a bond & relationship with so many other small scale homesteaders & then they turned on us.

These…. um *cough*….. people trademarked a commonly referred to phrase (among MANY others, most of which are also common phrases). Instead of trademarking it in reference to their property &/or works, they started out saying the phrase(s) couldn’t be used anywhere, anytime, for any purpose unless the phrase was credited directly to them, yada yada. After the uproar, they started backpeddling. I sure hope they continue backpeddling.

I‘m still reeling from the fact that this is like saying I can’t call myself a Mom. I AM a Mom, damn it. It’s like saying when I had my children that I couldn’t say I was “Giving Birth.” Telling me I can‘t call my lifestyle…. that I’ve lived for a few years now….. A lifestyle that has been around for DECADES….. maybe centuries…. An Urban Movement. A community of homesteaders working with what they’ve been given, which is little……

In case you can’t read between the lines…… I AM AN URBAN HOMESTEADER, and the dervaes family can kiss my green thumb, my big fat pressure canner & my chicken’s asses!

Visit some more of the blogging community to see what they have to say about URBAN HOMESTEADING!!!

Grow & Resist

Krista & Jess

Moo Said the Mama


Heather’s Homemaking

There are so MANY other GREAT bloggy links, but as a homesteader (of any sort), we are always perpetually behind. And I am behind.

I am amazed at how quickly & tightly the URBAN HOMESTEAD community came together. I am blessed to be an Urban Homesteader!

LA Weekly says….

SF Weekly says….

And if you haven’t already, show your support by joining us on facebook as we take back urban homesteading!!

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10 Responses to “I yam what I yam…..”

  1. The Mom
    February 21st, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    Excellent! Thanks for the link too!

  2. Stone Cottage Mama
    February 21st, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    I love your blog and have added it to my blogroll! You have my 1000% support Urban Homesteaders!

  3. Kelle
    February 21st, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    Their greed has killed them, now people are even protsting restaraunts and stores who buy produce from this family.

    I've watched several of their videos and thought they were doing a good thing educating people about growing and using what land you have, but this turns my stomach, and their true GREEN side is showing $$$$.
    I posted a few post on this sunject too and there are many, many more out there. It doesn't matter what this family says now, or whom they try to point the finger at, four are pointing right back at themselves.

    And yet another gooberment agency hard at work,way to go Trade Mark!

  4. meg- grow & resist
    February 21st, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Thanks for the shout out! Keep on resisting! Woot!

  5. Tatersmama
    February 21st, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    YOU GO GIRL!!!
    Blogger hasn't been cooperating with me the last few days, but I'm planning my own dAMning post!

  6. kikiverde
    February 21st, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    Sing it, Michaela! Can I get an Amen!

  7. Stacy
    February 21st, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

    Michaela…are you an URBAN HOMESTEADER? 🙂

  8. Ginny
    February 21st, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    Great post, Kayla! I may not be where you are, as far as being an Urban Homesteader, but I'm working on babysteps to get there! Keep it up!

  9. jess
    February 24th, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    Exactly! Thanks for putting it in words! The line "kiss my chickens' asses" cracked me up. And thanks for the link!

  10. Jan @ Another Hatchett Job
    July 19th, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    Personally, you had me at “my big fat pressure canner!” I think that everyone who does what they can, where they are to take care of themselves deserves applause and not derision. Trademarking a common term sounds like a money grab to me!

    Keep up the good work!
    Jan @ Another Hatchett Job recently posted..The Messy Homeschooler

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