Ever since I read the old Aesop fable about the city mouse and country mouse when I was a kid, I’ve been intrigued by both sides of that story. As I see it, the urban-rural dichotomy, born of agriculture itself, carried the germplasm of what folks like agrarian Wendell Berry would later write about. Today, I believe that any urban or suburban home also needs to be a center of production to make a contribution to the well-being of the oikos—meaning both our economic and ecological house. One person exploring the urban side of the story is my friend Brynn Slate, whose writings and collected images can be found at starthereuel.blogspot.com. Take the time to explore her musings on the subject of the urban environment.