This is the 3rd (and final) post from an email I received from Walking Onion. He is such an inspiration to me!
"One more option I want to mention, that may be worth a post, is the fact that you don't have to own land to vanstead. I am fortunate to have my mom's backyard to do with as I like in WI in the summers. But the rest of the year, I garden wherever I'm parked. In TX, I spend time parked in my friends backyard (the last pic I sent, of plants on the roof) I don't "own" their garden, but, I do take responsibility for it. I always work it like it's mine, making paths and beds and planting trees. We work together to grow crops, share meals, and last year we even butchered a rooster together. (They have chickens for eggs, and inadvertently got a rooster in the mix) I do the same when I stay in Florida, working in my sister's back yard. People who live in houses are usually overwhelmed with projects, and so everyone appreciates the work I do in their yards to make them into little homesteads. They get fresh food and landscaping, and so do I!
Our society places so much emphasis on "ownership", but honestly, it's nothing more than a concept, a social construct. We are all responsible for it, how can anyone "own" land? We, as vansteaders, can spread the gospel of being responsible for the place where we park, for however short of a time that is, and make it better than when we arrived. We can garden it, we can maintain it, clean it, dig it, water it, or simply leave it alone. Let's not wait until the day we own our own farm, let's make that a reality where we find ourselves parked. We also shouldn't worry about throwing away our energy, wasting our time working on something that we don't own. Isn't a garden a wonder gift to give someone?
Whew! Glad I got all that off my chest! Hehe, anyway, ...."
This option is how I was able to vanstead for the last few summers.
Walking Onion, thank you for your amazing perspective. I'm looking forward to hearing from you in the future. You're passion for vansteading is unparalleled and I am grateful to you for sharing your thoughts!