I'm a 23 year old feminist, am unmarried, don't have kids, live in rental housing, and have no plans to 'settle down' any time soon.  Yet, I identify as a homemaker.

Call it urban homesteading, simple frugality, traditional skills... I like to call it radical homemakingI am creating home, wherever it may be, with conscious intention.

My version of homemaking often doesn't look like others' - mine is a bit more ragged, opportunistic, and environmentally focused.  My homestead is less fleshed out than others' - my home is rented and shared, and my gardening and fermentation projects are tucked away into corners and windowsills.  My motivations are my own, too - though I'm sure many of you share them:
Environmental Responsibility
~ Consume less, produce more (from less) = positive net impact
~ Honor seasonal changes, especially through local food and native plants
~ Seek alternatives to the mainstream's harmful habits

Sense of Competency & Self-Sufficiency
~ Gain survival skills
~ Learn herbal medicine & first aid
~ Food production & preservation = Security
~ Make material goods I would otherwise have to buy
~ Frugality leads to a sense of both financial freedom & security
~ Empowerment!

Creativity & Life-long Learning
~ Practice positive action through creative outlets
~ Engage in fulfilling and rewarding projects
~ Find the rabbit holes of knowledge -  jump in!

Economic & Social Justice
~ Reclaim power of production from corporations with harmful business practices
~ Be a positive participant in society, not an extractive consumer of resources

Foster a Deep Connection to Home & Place
~ Connect with the Earth's seasonal cycles
~ Connect to community through barter, trade, and skill-shares
~ Craft home in accordance with these deeply-held values

All these motivations directly lead to my radical homemaking mission statement:

Do something each day to use your resources wisely, gain skills, heal yourself & others, connect with the Earth, reach out to community, and take creative action.  Learn, always.


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Mountain Mama
4/21/2012 04:50:05 am

I do so love this!!!

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4/22/2012 01:44:57 pm

I love your definition of homemaking. Thanks for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

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4/23/2012 03:23:32 am

I love this.. not too long ago a friend and I were talking about how we loved being feminist homemakers. We still believe in women's rights and stand up for what we believe is fair, yet we take pride in raising and providing for our families. Assuming that you want to, I'm sure someday when you do settle down and start a family you will take your beliefs and integrate them into how you homemake... just as you do now. Great post!

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4/24/2012 09:49:00 pm

Indeed a very informative post! I just love this page.

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4/25/2012 03:06:53 am

Sing it, sister!

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Darlene
4/25/2012 07:04:38 am

I am trying to suscribe,but having problems.I click on the "rss" button and when I move to click on the Google reader button,it all goes away.Any help would be appreciated! Darlene

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Darlene
4/25/2012 07:07:36 am

Please disregard! I played around and got it to work! Had to use both hands to hold the button down,but I got it! Darlene

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Anna @ Patchwork Radicals
4/25/2012 07:09:34 am

Yikes - I see what you mean! I'll change the buttons so they're not so hard to use.
In the meantime, copy and paste this link into your the 'Subscribe' bar on your Google Reader page:
http://patchworkradicals.weebly.com/1/feed

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4/25/2012 11:19:22 am

You have no idea how refreshing it is to find you... I have been trying to manifest myself some non religiously based foodie blogs to dig into. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't stop me from reading all the wonderful info shared on said blogs but I am reeeeeeeally stoked to find some like minded-ness in areas other than food! Our motivations appear to be quite similar! Here's to radical homemaking... Oh, and patchwork. Can't forget my sweet ass patchwork!!!!

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Anna @ Patchwork Radicals
4/25/2012 11:27:54 am

I feel ya! I'm glad you found your way to my lil' corner of the net - I'm looking forward to reading more from the Kynd Family Farm. Here's to radical homemaking!

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4/25/2012 11:33:49 am

Anna,
Right on. I like your mission statement and share most, if not all of your motivations toward homemaking. Home IS where your heart is and it is what you make of it. Good for you that you've fashioned one that fits your needs and feeds your soul. I like mine too.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the subject. Inspired.

Heidi

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4/25/2012 11:49:06 am

You are mighty mature for your young age and remind me of my youngest daughter...Great reading about what you are doing!

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Amanda
4/28/2012 10:08:58 pm

I LOVE this post. I am also a feminist homemaker and if you asked me 10 years ago when I was graduating college that this is what I would call myself I would have thought you were crazy. But it is so true and you have put to pen all the reasons why. So glad I have found your blog :) Can you subscribe by email? I'm kinda old school like that. :)

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Anna @ Patchwork Radicals
4/29/2012 12:51:45 pm

Hey Amanda - so glad you enjoyed the post, and thanks for the suggestion! I guess I'm new-school enough that email list subscriptions are a bit beyond me, but I would love to make that option available. Once I figure out how to do it, I'll let you know - but just in case, check back soon!

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Anna @ Patchwork Radicals
5/5/2012 06:41:39 am

Alright - your wish is my command! We now have email subscription available, so subscribe as you please!

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Erica
4/30/2012 09:40:28 am

I recently updated my facebook job to "Radical Homemaker" just for fun. A lot of people in my life are either disappointed or don't understand, and I have always dreaded the question, "What do you do?"

A lot of my reasons are the same as yours. I do it to be more sustainable. I do it to provide my family with nourishing foods. I do it to work with my hands. I do it because it makes me happy.

I lost an old family friend because of it, and some friends seem to be at odds about it, but mostly I've realized people don't care and many are happy to come to me for advice on gardening, preserving, and thrifting.

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Anna @ Patchwork Radicals
4/30/2012 10:00:18 am

Erica ~ I love that you put Radical Homemaker as your job! It's kind of amazing (in a not-so-good way) that you lost a family friend over it, but 'homemaker' is a pretty loaded term. Amazing what controversy domesticity (conscious or otherwise) can cause! Good for you for doing what makes you happy, what feels right.

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Erica
4/30/2012 01:59:45 pm

It was my mom's childhood best friend who believes things like debt are "just apart of life" and anyone who doesn't have a real job is "stupid" and that I was wasting my life.

At least I'm wasting away with yummy organic food.... o_~

5/1/2012 07:59:37 am

Thank you for this post!! Reading it, and the comments, I am so relieved to find that I'm not the only one who embraces this type of homemaking. I find so much great info out there on homemaking - - but 99% of it is published by the Stay At Home Mom types. It's a little discouraging for single, kid-free, working gals like me. I'm going to subscribe right now!!

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Anna @ Patchwork Radicals
5/1/2012 08:32:51 am

You're very welcome! Thanks for reading!
It is really nice to have a like-minded community to relate with - kidless singles can be kind of a niche in the homemaking world.

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Gail
5/5/2012 08:05:22 am

Well thought out reasons, intentionality ( if that is a word).
Best wishes with your plans. I hope you have great influence on other young women

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Lucy
5/17/2012 03:17:57 am

Wow, we are like life twins! I am 24 and all of my friends just roll their eyes as me when I pipe up (again) about how I'm heading to the farm to buy raw milk, obsessively googleing beef tallow, or trying (still) to completely eliminate plastic from my life. Cheers girl.

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Anna @ Patchwork Radicals
5/21/2012 08:46:17 am

I love it!
Cheers to that.

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