Homegrown & Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-reliant Living

Homegrown & Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-reliant Living

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Homegrown & Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-reliant Living by Deborah Niemann

A modern approach to homesteading—no farm required

Food recalls, dubious health claims, scary and shocking ingredients in health and beauty products. Our increasingly industrialized supply system is becoming more difficult to navigate, more frightening, and more frustrating, leaving us feeling stuck choosing in many cases between the lesser of several evils.

Author Deborah Niemann offers healthier, more empowering choices, by showing us how to reclaim links in our food and purchasing chains, to make choices that are healthier for our families, ourselves, and our planet.

In this fully updated and revised edition of Homegrown and Handmade , Deborah shows how making things from scratch and growing some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life.

Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it’s packed with answers and solutions to help you rediscover traditional skills, take control of your food from seed to plate, and much more.

This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful, self-taught modern homesteader, this well-illustrated, practical, and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a more empowered life.

Deborah Niemann presents and teaches extensively on topics ranging from soapmaking to livestock care. She and her family raise livestock for meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables. Deborah is also the author of Raising Goats Naturally.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865718463
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 805,037
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Deborah Niemann: is a homesteader, writer, self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she relocated her family from the suburbs of Chicago to a 32 acre parcel on a creek “in the middle of nowhere”. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provides fruit and vegetables. A highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader, Deborah presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, breadbaking, cheesemaking, composting and homeschooling.

Table of Contents

• Health
• Safety
• Quality
• Ethics
• Sustainability
• Frugality
• Entertainment
• Personal pride
• Getting started
Part one: The sustainable garden
Chapter 1: Planning the Sustainable Garden
• What do you need
• What will you grow
• How much will you grow
Chapter 2: Growing the Sustainable Garden
• Composting
• Vermicomposting
• Vertical gardening
• Organic solutions
• Seed saving
• Growing herbs indoors
• Growing sprouts
• Extending the tomato harvest
• Winter gardening
Chapter 3: Cooking from the sustainable garden
• Tomatoes
• Recipe: Creamy Heirloom Tomato Soup
• Recipe: Gazpacho
• Step-by-step canning
• Recipe: Pizza Sauce
• Recipe: Canned Salsa
• Peppers
• Recipe: Pickled Peppers
• Green beans
• Recipe: Pickled Green Beans
• Fermenting foods
• Recipe: Sauerkraut
• Recipe: Fermented Peppers or salsa
• Herbs
• Recipe: Iced Lemon Spearmint Tea
• Root cellar vegetables
• Recipe: Homemade Ginger Ale
Part two: The backyard orchard
Chapter 4: Planning the backyard orchard
• What do you need
• What will you grow
Chapter 5: Growing the backyard orchard
• Planting
• Watering
• Mulching
• Pruning
Chapter 6: Cooking from the backyard orchard
• Freezing berries
• Canning fruit
• Recipe: Caramel Apple Butter
• Recipe: Canned Pears
Part three: The backyard poultry flock
Chapter 7: Planning the backyard poultry flock (added info on ducks for eggs)
• What do you need
• What will you raise
Chapter 8: Raising the backyard poultry flock (added info on ducks for eggs)
• Brooding
• Coop management
• Laying
• Feeding
• Injury prevention and treatment
Chapter 9: Raising the Backyard Poultry Flock for Meat
• Chickens
• Turkeys
• Ducks and geese
Chapter 10: Cooking from the Backyard Poultry Flock
• Eggs
• Recipe: Quick Quiche (gluten-free alternatives added)
• Recipe: Crème Brulee Pie (gluten-free alternatives added)
• Recipe: Mayonnaise
• Recipe: Brioche
• Recipe: Noodles
• Meat
• Recipe: Chicken soup
• Recipe: Turkey stroganoff
• Recipe: Bone broth
Part four: The home dairy
Chapter 11: Planning the home dairy
• Cows
• Goats
• Sheep
• Herd animals
• Pasture or dry lot
• Bedding
• Feeding
• Minerals and supplements
• Breeding males
• Babies
• Veterinary care
• Milking equipment
• Breeds
• Buying dairy animals
Chapter 12: Managing the Home Dairy
• Natural dairy management
• Training a milker
• Milking by hand
• Milking by machine
• Health basics
• Natural parasite control
• Birthing
• Pasteurization (added info on raw milk benefits)
Chapter 13: Producing from the Home Dairy
• Butter
• Buttermilk
• Yogurt
• Cheese
• Recipe: Chevre
• Recipe: Queso Blanco
• Recipe: Ricotta
• Recipe: Easy Mozzarella
• Recipe: Feta
• Soap
• Recipe: Castile soap
• Recipe: Gardener’s scrub bar
• Recipe: Facial soap
Part five: Homegrown Pork
Chapter 14: Planning for pigs
• Choosing a breed
• Housing
• Fencing

Chapter 15: Living with pigs
• Diet
• Breeding
• Farrowing
• Castrating – or not
Chapter 16: Cooking with pork and lard
• Benefits of lard
• Rendering lard
• Recipe: Pork breakfast skillet
Part six: Homegrown Sweeteners
Chapter 17: Maple syrup
Chapter 18: Beekeeping
Part seven: The home fiber flock
Chapter 19: Planning and managing the home fiber flock
• Choosing fiber animals
• Rabbits
• Goats and sheep
• Llamas and alpacas
• Bedding
• Shearing
• Breeding
• Veterinary care
• Feeding and supplements
Chapter 20: Producing from the home fiber flock
• Processing fiber
• Felting
• Project: Felted soap
• Spinning
• Knitting
• Project: Scarf
Part eight: Homegrown Business
Chapter 21: Selling raw agricultural products
• Fiber
• Eggs
• Milk
• Meat
• Fruits and vegetables
• Honey
• Maple syrup
Chapter 22: Selling value-added products
• Yarn, leather, clothing
• Cheese, butter, yogurt
• Soap
• Meat products
• Prepared foods

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