Best Homesteading Books for Beginners
The word "homesteading" today has come to mean the pursuit of a rewarding and self-sufficient lifestyle. It can include everything from keeping bees, growing vegetables, composting, installing solar panels, creating a rain barrel, raising animals, canning your own food, and the list goes on!
Have you been wondering what homesteading is all about? Why homesteading has become so popular given the current climate of our world?
Here are ten of our top choices for great books to get you started on your homesteading journey.
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Start with the basics of homesteading with this book. This book gives a general overview of what homesteading is for the complete novice.
Turn your backyard into a sustainable mini-farm―grow food for your pantry, cut back on bills, and help the environment.
Every day, more and more people are creating a backyard homestead to reconnect with nature and become more sustainable. The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Homesteading offers practical, step-by-step instructions to raise crops and small farm animals, maximize harvests, and even make some extra money.
Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast-food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle.
Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead.
Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine.
Whether you want to live off the grid as part of the modern back to nature movement, or simply learn new skills that will make your home more comfortable and your garden grow, this companion to the bestseller Back to Basics, is for you!
40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide (Creative Homeowner) Includes Fences, Coops, Sheds, Wind & Solar Power, Rooftop & Vertical Gardening
Learn all about how to build sheds, feeders, fences, garden structures, chicken housing and other backyard structures to enhance your sustainable living!
A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, Water Conservation, Handcrafting items and much more.
Homesteading: A Comprehensive Homestead Guide to Self-Sufficiency, Raising Backyard Chickens, and Mini Farming, Including Gardening Tips and Best Practices for Growing Your Own Food. Also includes the 11 essential homesteading skills and how to get the perfect piece of land without breaking any laws.
This book includes what You Need to Know to Be Self-Reliant When STHF, Including Tips on Stockpiling, Growing Your Own Food, and Living Off the Grid.
In a world of mass production, intensive farming, and food miles, Seymour's words offer an alternative: a celebration of the joy of investing time, labor, and love into the things we need.
While we can't all move to the countryside, we can appreciate the need to eat food that has been grown ethically or create things we can cherish, using skills that have been handed down through generations. With refreshed, retro-style illustrations and a brand-new foreword by Alice Waters, this new edition of Seymour's classic title is a balm for anyone who has ever sought solace away from the madness of modern life.
Reminiscent in both spirit and design of the beloved Whole Earth Catalog, Country Wisdom & Know-How is an unprecedented collection of information on nearly 200 individual topics of country and self-sustained living.
Compiled from the information in Storey Publishing's landmark series of "Country Wisdom Bulletins," this book is the most thorough and reliable volume of its kind. Organized by general topic including animals, cooking, crafts, gardening, health and well-being, and home, it is further broken down to cover dozens of specifics from "Building Chicken Coops" to "Making Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt" to "Improving Your Soil" to "Restoring Hardwood Floors."
Nearly 1,000 black-and-white illustrations and photographs run throughout and fascinating projects and trusted advice crowd every page.
If you want the most comprehensive book on all things country/homesteading living, this is it. The Encyclopedia of County Living IS the definitive book of basic skills and country wisdom for living off the land, being prepared, and doing it yourself--whether it's on a farm or homestead, in the suburbs or city.
From homesteaders to urban farmers, and everyone in between, there is a desire for a simpler way of life—a healthier, greener, more self-sustaining, and holistic approach to modern life.
I hope our top ten list of great homesteading books helped you find just the right one for you and your family.