When Megan Paska moved from Baltimore to Brooklyn in 2006, she knew she wanted to keep up her gardening and beekeeping, but she wasn’t sure she’d have the space— or her landlord’s approval. “I knew it would be a challenge, but I didn’t think it would be impossible,” she says. Now, five years later, she’s enjoying the city life, along with her beehives, seasonal backyard garden and chickens. From canning to baking, Paska also likes the culinary side of food production. Her family’s 450-acre farm in Virginia is a big source of inspiration for Paska's city-based homesteading. “Everyone in my family, in some capacity, has always grown some of their own food,” she explains. Even in America’s most crowded city, Paska has carried on this family tradition.