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

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

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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: 662,701
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert who presents and teaches extensively on topics such as soapmaking, cheesemaking, livestock care, composting, and homeschooling. She and her family raise sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens and turkeys 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.

Joel F. Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include Folks, This Ain't Normal; You Can Farm; and Salad Bar Beef.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm
Preface to the Second Edition


Part 1: 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
     Vertical Gardening
     Organic Solutions
     Seed Saving
     Growing Herbs Indoors
     Growing Sprouts
     Extending the Tomato Harvest
     Winter Gardening

Chapter 3: Cooking from the Sustainable Garden
     Freezing Tomatoes
     Drying Tomatoes
     Canning Tomatoes
           Recipe: Creamy Heirloom Tomato Soup
           Recipe: Gazpacho
     Step-by-step Canning
           Recipe: Pizza Sauce
           Recipe: Canned Salsa
     Drying Peppers
           Recipe: Pickled Peppers
     Green Beans
           Recipe: Pickled Green Beans
           Recipe: Iced Lemon Spearmint Tea
           Recipe: Kombucha
     Root Cellar Vegetables

Part 2: The Backyard Orchard
Chapter 4: Planning the Backyard Orchard
     What do you need?
     What will you grow?

Chapter 5: Growing the Backyard Orchard

Chapter 6: Cooking from the Backyard Orchard
     Freezing Berries
     Canning Fruit
           Recipe: Canned Pears
           Recipe: Caramel Apple Butter

Part 3: The Backyard Poultry Flock
Chapter 7: Planning the Backyard Poultry Flock
     What do you need?
     What will you raise?
     Glossary - Poultry

Chapter 8: Raising the Backyard Poultry Flock
     Brooding Chicks
     Brooding Ducklings
     Coop Management
     Injury Prevention and Treatment

Chapter 9: Raising the Backyard Poultry Flock for Meat
     Ducks and Geese

Chapter 10: Cooking from the Backyard Poultry Flock
           Recipe: Crème Brûlée Pie
           Recipe: Quick Quiche
           Recipe: Brioche
           Recipe: Noodles
          Recipe: Mayonnaise
           Recipe: Ranch Dressing
           Recipe: Chicken Soup
           Recipe: Faux Barbecue Chicken
           Recipe: Turkey Stroganoff
           Recipe: Bone Broth

Part 4: The Home Dairy
Chapter 11: Planning the Home Dairy
     Herd Animals
     Pasture or Dry Lot
     Minerals and Supplements
     Breeding Males
     Veterinary Care
     Milking Equipment
     Buying Dairy Animals
     Glossary - 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

Chapter 13: Producing from the Home Dairy
           Recipe: Queso Blanco
           Recipe: Ricotta
           Recipe: Chèvre
           Recipe: Easy Mozzarella
           Recipe: Feta
           Recipe: Gardener's Scrub Bar
           Recipe: Castile Soap
           Recipe: Facial Soap

Part 5: Homegrown Pork
Chapter 14: Planning for Hogs
     Choosing a Breed
     Glossary - Hogs

Chapter 15: Living with Hogs
     Raising Piglets
     Choosing Breeding Stock

Chapter 16: Cooking with Pork and Lard
     Rendering Lard
           Recipe: Autumn Pork Breakfast Skillet

Part 6: Homegrown Sweeteners
Chapter 17: Maple Syrup
     What do you need?
          Step-by-step Maple Syrup
          What do you do with all that maple syrup?
           Recipe: Peanut Butter Brownies

Chapter 18: Honey
     What do you need?
     Package Bees
     Nucleus Colony
     Feeding Bees
     Harvesting Honey

Part 7: The Home Fiber Flock
Chapter 19: Planning and Managing the Home Fiber Flock
     Choosing Fiber Animals
     Goats and Sheep
     Llamas and Alpacas
     Veterinary Care
     Feeding and Supplements
     Glossary - Fiber Animals

Chapter 20: Producing from the Home Fiber Flock
     Processing Fiber
           Project: Felted Soap
           Project: Scarf

Part 8: Homegrown Business
Chapter 21: Turning Your Passion into a Business
     Where to sell your wares?

Chapter 22: Selling Non-Food Products
     Fiber, Yarn, Clothing
     Leather and Sheepskins
     Manure and Compost
     Breeding Stock

Chapter 23: Selling Food Products
     Dairy Products
     Meat and Meat Products
     Maple Syrup
     Prepared Foods

Appendix A: Cookware
Appendix B: Cob Oven
About the Author
A Note about the Publisher

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Budding homesteaders who want to live simpler, healthier, and more self-sufficient lives will treasure this updated edition of Niemann's encyclopedic reference. The additional material on operating a home-based business is worth the price of admission alone. Dreaming of a mindful life? Niemann's advice on gardening, cooking, orcharding, raising livestock, and much more demonstrates that it's possible to begin the journey in your own backyard."
- Rebecca Martin, Managing Editor, Mother Earth News

"...buy this book, read it and then go do something. You are not alone. Mentors to help you along the way are out here."
- Joel Salatin, from the Foreword

"Our beautiful world would be such a healthier and happier place if every home treasured a well-thumbed edition of this book! Whether the desire is to simply grow a few veggies or to fulfill the much grander vision of producing meats and dairy products, fruits, preserves and natural fibre products, Deborah has shared her vast extent of knowledge and experience in a way that is instantly accessible. Whether it be growing pigs or pumpkins, making cheese or felting wool, I can find out all I need to know with the turn of a page. Simply - I love this book!"
• Jenni Blackmore, author, Permaculture for the Rest of Us and The Food Lover's Garden

"I am so impressed with this new edition of Homegrown and Handmade. Deborah Niemann has shown once again not just her wide range of skills and experience, but also her curiosity and ongoing willingness to learn. Having grown up with a mom who cooked from scratch, I deeply appreciate Deborah's emphasis on cooking for ourselves, as well as the numerous recipes included. Not everyone has the room or the time to raise their own food crops or meat or dairy animals, but everyone does have choices about what and how they eat. Wherever you are on your journey toward a more self-reliant lifestyle, Homegrown and Handmade provides practical guidance and gentle encouragement to help you make the choices that work best for you."
- Victoria Redhed Miller, author, Pure Poultry and Craft Distilling

"Deborah Niemann is the real homesteading deal. She walks the talk and practices what she preaches, all of which authentically and vividly comes through in the engaging pages of Homegrown and Handmade. A treasure-trove of seasoned advice and resources, this book will serve as "idea fuel" for your homesteading journey."
• Lisa Kivirist, author of Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers and Homemade for Sale

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