There is now a Facebook page called "Take Back The Urban Homesteading(s)"
I live out here in La-La Land and I have always found them to be over-the-top in their commercialization and need for recognition and fame. As a result, I've never found them to be inspirational or particularly impressive. But perhaps the rampant fame grubbing of SoCal has just made me bitter!
Sheryl Dutton-Ramos said:
I'm wondering is this is a publicity stunt by the Dervaes family to gain further recognition and capital. :/
I agree, I think it's outrageous and crazy that the Dervaes Insitute thinks/was successful at completing trademarking on such common terms (or ones they didn't even originate).
but, that being said, LET THEM KEEP this out-dated and colonialist terminology!
I like this approach:
i think that the contemporary resistance movement around urban farming, environmental stewardship, and self-sustainability owes a lot to the "heritage" of knowledge around homesteading, etc, but with all of the education a number of us have, we have an ability to step outside of the colonialist history of our documents and actions. very exciting times.
i'm rest assured the the Dervaes are firmly rooted in this colonialist past, especially as is evident in even their application for trademark status. so much for community-based grassroots activism people!
I am taking a break from blogging right now due to a heavy workload at my day job and planning a super-large garden this year... just heard about all of this hubbub! Whoa.
I love the internet and sharing all this great stuff, but sometimes things can get out of hand when a culture really gets going!
It's all good here in the hood because we are walking the talk no matter what we call it.
I'll hollar back when Pasadena makes their way up to Buffalo.