The City Homesteader: Self-Sufficiency on Any Square Footage

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The City Homesteader is the handbook for the world of self-sufficient living. It's about living tangibly in a virtual world. It's about being resourceful, saving money, reducing consumption, and increasing self-reliance. Join the many who are raising backyard chickens in the city and tilling their side yards: tapping into natural energy, managing homes more efficiently, and getting back to the earth.

Explore the homesteading arts: gardening on small and large scales, raising ...

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Overview


The City Homesteader is the handbook for the world of self-sufficient living. It's about living tangibly in a virtual world. It's about being resourceful, saving money, reducing consumption, and increasing self-reliance. Join the many who are raising backyard chickens in the city and tilling their side yards: tapping into natural energy, managing homes more efficiently, and getting back to the earth.

Explore the homesteading arts: gardening on small and large scales, raising dwarf fruit trees, sprouting grains, smoking meats and fish, grinding grains for flour, making cheese, making wine, cellaring, heating without fossil fuel, harvesting rainwater, composting, and much moreThe City Homesteader provides all the basics, including how to find supplies and step-by-step instructions that make it easy to follow along. Original illustrations throughout help you create your very own homestead on any piece of earth.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Whether readers want to simply grow some basil for pesto in a window box outside their apartment or build their own chicken coop, former Organic Gardening editor-in-chief Meyer (Grow Your Own Giant Sequoia) shows city-dwellers how to enjoy fresh herbs and farm-fresh produce without owning an acreage—or even a yard. Under Meyer's tutelage, readers will learn how to make homemade cheese and yogurt, grow a litany of herbs and preserve them for use throughout the year, compost with confidence, and more, all with minimal investments of time or money. Urban homesteaders with a little more green space and gumption will appreciate tips on beekeeping (including a DIY beehive) and rabbit-raising, but the vast majority of the book is centered around practical, useful applications like homemade pickles and green tips such as using baking soda to clean tubs and toilets, and how to make your own flystrips (duct tape and honey or maple syrup). Even if readers never get around to building that chicken coop or take up goat herding (stick with females; males can get loud and stinky) they're sure to find a couple useful applications in this concise and readable guide to getting the most green out of small spaces. (May)
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Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2011
A basic guide to greener living filled with easy-to-follow instructions that can be implemented in any size home.

Wall Street Journal, 5/7/11
“It’s a cheerfully designed guide... The technologies that the book touts are delightfully retro (nothing says low-tech like cheesecloth) and are rendered in appropriate folk-art scribbles. In its mix of breezy, cartoon-illustrated directions for activities that we, as a society, have generally forgotten how to do, it is a sort of "Dangerous Book for Boys" for grown-ups.”

PW (May)
“…concise and readable guide to getting the most green out of small spaces.”

The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), May 8, 2011 Sunday
“Meyer offers a return-to-the-land manifesto for the urban and suburban crowd.”

The Denver Post, 5/13/11
"Self-sufficiency beckons. Whether you've caught the urban-homesteading bug, support the local-foods movement or simply want some fresh ideas for doing more with less, Scott Meyer's new book, "The City Homesteader" can help. The author was on staff at Organic Gardening magazine for more than two decades and has compiled an easy-to-follow guide to everything from starting seeds to foraging in the wild."

BookPage, June 2011
“…sensible and simple instructions for a wide range of skills…. Author Scott Meyer…presents options for any level of experience and commitment.”

Midwest Book Review, June 2011
“For anyone who is looking to make their drain on the world a little less, “The City Homesteader” is an excellent read, well worth considering.”
 
Dallas Morning News
“a nice dose of can-do, with a feel-good kicker… Never preachy and always informational, the book also manages to be inspirational, in the way a good coffee klatch with a pal can be. Within a few dozen pages the reader is convinced it all makes good sense, no matter whether one lives in an apartment, tract house or yurt….Meyer’s voice, not unlike that of a favorite uncle, is witty, wise, never self-congratulatory and totally enabling. Want to keep a few backyard chickens? Here’s how. Start a garden, sure, here’s how to do it. The tips are generous, the how-to simple, the  encouragement genuine.”

Kirkus Reviews

Practical, step-by-step tips for creating a sustainable lifestyle on a smaller scale.

Think you can't live a self-sufficient life in an apartment or suburb? Think again, writes Meyer. Sustainability is all the rage right now, and this helpful guide gives urban dwellers instructions on growing their own food and living a more eco-conscious life. The author tackles such subjects as planting an edible garden by focusing on which vegetables do well in smaller spaces and which can handle less ideal locations. Strawberries, for instance, do well in hanging pots, and pole beans only require vertical room. Meyer even offers a window-gardening option for those without any outdoor space, and he carefully explains the many ways to preserve food—from dehydrating to canning to freezing. Take it a step further and create your own compost pile, he suggests. When you're done outside, look to improving your indoor quality of life with the author's green cleaning and laundry tips (remember clotheslines?) and eco-friendly methods of handling of pests like cockroaches. There's even an all-natural way to dispose of "pet poop." If you've got a bigger yard and flexible city codes, Meyer gives a crash course in raising backyard livestock, like bees, chickens and even goats. Not too many city residents may be interested in caring for goats, but the general idea is that you'd be surprised at how much you can do with limited space.

A basic guide to greener living filled with easy-to-follow instructions that can be implemented in any size home.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762440856
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 704,949
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


Scott Meyer is a former editor of Organic Gardening for Rodale, and a frequent writer of all varieties of do-it-yourself. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.
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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Excellent resource

    This book includes a lot of useful information and advice. It is also written in an appealing, no-nonsense style which is both engaging and sincere. Sadly, the e-book version for nookcolor has no page numbers in the index. Otherwise, outstanding.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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