Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Livingby Rachel Kaplan, K. Ruby Blume
The urban homesteading movement is spreading rapidly across the nation. Urban Homesteading is the perfect "back-to-the-land" guide for urbanites who want to reduce their impact on the environment. Full of practical information, as well as inspiring stories from people already living the urban homesteading life, this colorful guide is an approachable guide to/i>
The urban homesteading movement is spreading rapidly across the nation. Urban Homesteading is the perfect "back-to-the-land" guide for urbanites who want to reduce their impact on the environment. Full of practical information, as well as inspiring stories from people already living the urban homesteading life, this colorful guide is an approachable guide to learning to live more ecologically in the city. The book embraces the core concepts of localization (providing our basic needs close to where we live), self-reliance (re-learning that food comes from the ground, not the grocery store; learning to do things ourselves), and sustainability (giving back at least as much as we take). Readers will find concise how-to information that they can immediately set into practice, from making solar cookers to growing tomatoes in a barrel to raising chickens in small spaces to maintaining mental serenity in the fast-paced city environment. Full of beautiful full-color photographs and illustrations, and plenty of step-by-step instructions, this is a must-have handbook for city folk with a passion for the simple life.
how-to guide for city folk on everything from growing your own food to building your own composting toilet (“…think of all those quiet hours you could have…at your outdoor toilet, listening to the sirens go by…”).
Homesteading is perfect for the beginner seeking inspiration and information, or for the established homesteader wishing to deepen her craft. ”
” Wendy Priesnitz
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Meet the Author
Rachel Kaplan is the lead author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. She is an eco-somatic therapist, educator, and widely published author. Her work has appeared in local and national papers and magazines, and includes Moving
Toward Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance (with Anna Halprin), The Probable Site of the Garden of
Eden, and Diaspora: Stories from the Cities. She and her family live on a small homestead called Tiny Town Farm, in Petaluma, California.
K. Ruby Blume is the visual wizard of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. She is the founder of The Institute of Urban Homesteading in Oakland, California. With more than twenty years of experience with gardening, beekeeping, canning, and other homesteading skills, she is a respected authority in the self-sufficiency field. She has been featured on CNN, ABC, and the Hallmark Channel, and her articles have appeared in the San
Francisco Chronicle, Oakland
Magazine, and other publications.
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This book is horrible. The first 100 pages or so tout the wonders of collectivism (i.e. communism) and how humanistic social rights trump indivudual rights. Ugh! Just tell me how to raise my chicks and plant a darn potato.
HORRIBLE!! I have many other books by Skyhorse Publishing and they are great. Want to build a chicken coop? This book just tells you that chickens lay eggs (in case you were wondering). Want to build a composting toilet so you can dump raw sewage on your edible plants? This book just tells you that it can be done (and of course all of the dangers of this practice are not discussed). I wouldn't want to even put this trash in my compost pile. But then again I don't know how compost because it isn't in this book.
Urban Homesteading.. Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living Rachel Kaplan with K. Ruby Blume Published by SkyHorse Publishing Source: Review Copy I often hear people mention they can't wait to get out into the country to start homesteading. With the information in this book, you can start homesteading right where you are living now. The first 4 chapters are much like a text book on topics like global warming, your carbon footprint and resources. A good lead in to urban farming but I wanted to get in the dirt. Urban Homesteading says "a Can-do attitude is the most important resource for a homesteading attitude" and I feel that is so true. The authors encourage you to start small, in reasonable bite size pieces. Gather your tools and evaluate what spaces you may have available to you. Whether you live on a lot in in your own home, rent, or even in apartments there are spaces around you available for planting and growing food. In addition there are opportunities available for community gardens, co-ops and school gardens. The paradigm is to think outside of the box, to think beyond acres and acres of land, and utilize what is right outside your doorstep. Think raised garden beds, barrels, depaving a driveway and using that space, vertical gardening. The book walks you through soil development and getting the land ready for planting, including ideas on composting. It discusses seed types and plants with charts on the best times of year and places to plant them. Included are veggies, herbs and fruits for a complete guide to all grown plants. The book goes a step further once you have the plants under foot to add in honey bees, chickens, ducks and possibly even a goat. Much information on caring for the animals in small spaces and suggestions and ideas on making it work for you. I could easily think of many friends and family members who could benefit from the ideas in this book and agree that if you start small and work up from there you can indeed have an urban homestead. I received a copy of this book from SkyHorse Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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It wont tell you exactly how to do stuff but it will give you good ideas and inspiration
This book will inspire you to grow where you are planted, with huge ideas for small garden spaces. There is a good bit about Community involvement and basic life changes for the better as well. I gave this book as a gift to a city girl friend and it was well received.
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