The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!


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The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! by Carleen Madigan

This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603421386
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 02/11/2009
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 83,113
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Before becoming an editor at Storey Publishing, Carleen Madigan was managing editor of Horticulture magazine and lived on an organic farm outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she learned the homesteading skills contained in The Backyard Homestead. She enjoys gardening, hiking, foraging, baking, spinning wool, and knitting.

Table of Contents



Part 1
  1. Setting Up the Homestead Kitchen
  2. Fresh Vegetables: Harvesting, Handling, Cooking
  3. Fresh Fruit: Harvesting, Handling, Cooking
  4. Grains and Beans
  5. Homemade Sweeteners: Honey, Maple Syrup, and Apple Cider Syrup
  6. Eggs, Birds, and Rabbits
  7. Fresh Milk
  8. Meat: Goat, Lamb, Pork, and Beef

Part 2
  1. Cold Storage
  2. Freezing
  3. Canning: Boiling-Water-Bath and Pressure Canning
  4. Drying
  5. Pickling
  6. Making Fruit Preserves
  7. Culturing Milk and Making Cheese
  8. Curing Meats and Making Simple Sausage

Part 3
  1. Breakfast and Egg Dishes
  2. Vegetable, Cheese, and Bean Dishes
  3. Poultry and Meat Dishes
  4. Desserts and Baked Goods

Appendix: Basic Cooking Methods
Metric Conversion Charts

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The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
neaznaturals More than 1 year ago
This book has tons of information on almost every subject you can think of for living off your land. This book is useful no matter how much land you have - from a city lot to acres and acres. There's more information in this book than in any other homesteading book I've read so far. I don't know that I really even need to read another book on homesteading. This is the reference book I'll turn to again and again as I build my backyard homestead!
lisajane More than 1 year ago
I recieved this book for a birthday present and was very delighted! The book covers everything from animals to trees to plants. I am interested in having a small farm someday and I think that there is enough information in Backyard Homestead to get me started and not intimidate me.
Alaska-Dave More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a very helpful guide to gardening, preserving, and cooking! The book is well organized, and also is convenient in size: it is more "midsized" rather than being large like many gardening books. It can be conveniently brought on trips, read in bed, etc. The pages, print, and pictures are also laid out for easy reading. Finally, the best test of a good book: my friends always "borrow" this book from me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a little over 2 acres. This book has helped me plan for my homestead. Our goal is to be as self sufficent as possible. This book is a great starting place. I have started my small flock of chickens and currently waiting for my small fruit orchard to be delivered. Goats are on our list next. This book is perfect for giving a quick understanding of gardening, raising animals, making cheese and yogurt. Also preserving, making sausage, and management of your space are a few items touched on in this book. It will help you decide what you want to do and how to get started. Then you may want to get books that go in depth on the subjects you choose. It is perfect for large and small land owners, even renters and those in apartments can use some of these ideas to become more self sufficent and save a little money.
WyoPookie More than 1 year ago
I have bought a few books on making the most of your space. I like this book because of the personal touches and the level of detail (enough to get you started, but you may still need to look else where for more in-depth info on raising cows...).
JGrab More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is great for a 1st time gardner like me! I have no clue where or how to start, and this book helped me get on the right track! I have used it to help create an over view and work around what I currently have and what I want to so. It could use some more details with specific plants, but as an over all guide I found it very useful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a GREAT book for the newbie, the wealth of info. out there can be overwhelming (I know!) this broke it all down simply for me. Go to your local Ag Co Op and they can help you with soil tests and what grows best in your climate. Have fun, it is exciting to get on the road to self sufficiency!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative and helpful. Recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read with great ideas!
SJHays More than 1 year ago
Great book, it gave me all the insight i needed and possibilities for more. Loved!
sillydaffodilly More than 1 year ago
It could be a little more in depth, but otherwise, it's amazing! A must-buy for all farmer-wannabes.
edelweis More than 1 year ago
Very helpful and one of the only homesteading books you'll ever need!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should own this book since it gives basic information on many homesteading topics, but I do wish it had more on canning, dehydrating, and animals. 
LizzyVA More than 1 year ago
I bought several other books on preserving, gardening, raising chickens, etc. and this one is by far the best one.  It is very broad in that it covers everything, yet specific enough to be highly useful.  The layout and print is easy to navigate and read.  I would say this is an essential book for people looking to become more self-reliant and healthy in their approach to food and nutrition.
MalOH More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be quite well written and very engaging. If your goal is to be as self-sustaining as possible or, at the very least, take full advantage of that backyard vege plot, I recommend adding this book to your reading list. The organizational suggestions are especially useful if you're simply not sure where to start. Best of luck! Everyone can save money if you know how to do it efficiently.
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This is Mythical Antuiques!
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