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Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to: Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More
     

Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to: Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More

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by Abigail R. Gehring (Editor)
 

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Who doesn’t want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this large, fully-illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. It’s written with country lovers in mind—even those who currently live in the city.

Whether you live

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Who doesn’t want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this large, fully-illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. It’s written with country lovers in mind—even those who currently live in the city.

Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or even the wilderness, there is plenty you can do to improve your life from a green perspective. Got sunlight? Start container gardening. With a few plants, fresh tomatoes, which then become canned tomato sauce, are a real option. Reduce electricity use by eating dinner by candlelight (using homemade candles, of course). Learn to use rainwater to augment water supplies. Make your own soap and hand lotion. Consider keeping chickens for the eggs. From what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning, this book offers information on anything a homesteader needs—and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435139824
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
03/11/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,311,606
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

Abigail R. Gehring is the editor of Back to Basics, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency, and author of Odd Jobs and Dangerous Jobs. She’s practiced living self-sufficiently since her childhood in Vermont, being home-schooled, home-canning jams and jellies, and enjoying natural crafts. She lives in New York City and Windham, Vermont.

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Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
neaznaturals More than 1 year ago
I expected a book that would be a great reference manual...but it only fits that bill if you like to look at pictures. The photos are great, but the information is greatly lacking! I'm afraid this is more of a coffee table book than something that will actually get used.
doctopanga More than 1 year ago
Considering that this book is simply a cobbled together edition of material from other sources (albeit with beautiful photographs), I expected better editing. For example, the "instructions" for building structures from bird houses to stables are often incomplete (literally, the last part of a sentence may just be missing!!) This volume seems to have been thrown together hastily to take advantage of the growing interest in sustainable and self-sufficient living. I was very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great subjects and good explanations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking through this book makes me want to DIY all the time! I think the book is very inspirational to begin doing things yourself and becoming self supporting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is okay for someone just getting started in Homesteading. The drawback is that it is very long drawn out and boring at times. Better to read during long winter months
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I could read it....Tried ordering it but it was cancelled by Barnes and Nobles, guess they must be out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey jen you there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Austin? You alive?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of good advice and skills for living in the country. Great how-to.
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AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
Homesteading is extremely relevant, as we pursue our efforts to adopt a more "green" lifestyle on a worldwide scale. The reader will find a host of useful ideas in this book, ranging from growing your own food, canning fruits and vegetables, smoking meats, designing and erecting wind turbines, the art of keeping bees, constructing poultry houses and even solar and thermal heating systems. Photographs and designs will spark the reader's imagination and, hopefully, lead to a better and cleaner Earth for us all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good book but the face of the book is not the book. The cover says aviation instructors book and the book is actually canning back to the basics