|an exchange economy
urban homestead is a chicago residence that is open to working travelers and out-of-towners for stays of a few days up to two weeks. it fills the niche of people who find themselves in chicago perhaps working on art or research or cultural connections who want to live in an urban immigrant neighborhood in a house that has an ecological emphasis.
urban homestead is an ecological living system that requires the energy of others to keep it alive. those who stay must be interested in living in a way that is resourceful in terms of energy and materiality. the economy of urban homestead is an exchange economy. this exchange could be one of money or of services/labor. some examples of services/labor are: gardening, housecleaning, light carpentry, etc.
urban homestead is a private home. stays at urban homestead need to be arranged and agreed upon one month in advance of stay.
urban homestead comes with its own menagerie – the chickens and the quail and the rabbit live outside, the two chihuahuas and two cats live inside. Please don’t bring your pets.
I keep my house cool in the winter, relying on the wood stove and sweaters to keep me warm. In the summer, I use fans and open windows. This is in part economics and acceptance of what is. You are responsible for all damage and extra utilities/phone use beyond standard usage. No parties, no smoking, no drugs inside the house.
Influences for this model: WWOOF, exchange economy, permaculture
all interested in staying at urban homestead must contact me describing the following:
urban homestead elements/amenities:
urban homestead (ongoing, 2006)