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u/calskin · 2 pointsr/homestead

Again, great questions. Here's a video I did on hugelkultur a bit ago. I don't recommend going to my website at the moment though because it's been recently hacked and I'm working on cleaning it up. The youtube video will be fine though. Check out that video, if you have more questions, feel free to ask.

You can do the flat raised bed idea, and I did the same last year, but I believe you will get more benefit from doing the piqued hills.

Grey water collection and rainwater harvesting are excellent ideas. I don't know if you could make use of it, but here is a super cool idea for a ram pump which requires no external input other than elevation change. Other than that, I don't know much about water tanks.

One really cool thing I've seen used is where people dig a trench under their garden and bury weeping tile in that trench which snakes around their garden. Then they connect that weeping tile to their downspout from there gutters and when it rains, they get a massive deep soak in their garden.

Swales are a fantastic thing to think about as they will help keep water on your land. Swales mixed with heavy mulching are a huge force in keeping your land irrigated. Check out greening the desert for more on that.

As for the PDC, you don't even have to pay for it. I googled free online PDC and found this.

If you want to learn more about it, there are amazing books which can help.

Gaia's Garden and Sepp Holzer's Permaculture

That's awesome that your SO is taking that course. She'll probably learn some really cool sustainable farming things.

Also, check out There's tons of info there, and super amazing people who are very helpful.

u/CaptSnap · 2 pointsr/homestead

It is a little unusual for the whole flock to wait two weeks. But, Ive definitely had individual birds wait that long.

With the rain it sounds like they just arent getting enough sunlight. Like others have suggested you can put a light in and keep it on for 14 hours a stretch. I would leave the tarp up. Im in Texas so we dont get as much rain but even here if it rains it makes the hens....pissy...and they dont lay for me either those days :P To be honest unless you need the eggs right now I would just wait for the rain to pass and let them get used to the weather where they live.

But you know this is where animal husbandry kinda gets more into the art instead of the science. Everybody has to decide whats the best for their chickens in their yard given the information. Like, these are things that work for me but see in Florida you may never get a time when the rain lets up and so it would make sense to have a light in the coop. You can always try it. (of course be careful with electricity and rain)

If youre letting them into your yard, on top of feeding them chicken feed, they are most likely getting all the nutrients they need.

Yeah I would put some boxes in their coop. Ideally you want them so you can access them from the outside. The first coop I built I didnt do that and most of the hens figured out on like the second day where to lay so I had to crawl in to get the eggs.

It sounds like youre taking really good care of your chickens. Really I wouldnt worry too much right now.

One of the books that I got when I first got started is this one. It was just technical enough and just common sense enough to get me going. Of course this is a really good subreddit too!

u/PM_ME_UR_IQ · 3 pointsr/homestead

I really like Putting Food By for preservation guidance.

If you are looking for less how to, Barbara Kingsolver's book, Animal Vegetable Miracle is a wonderful read.

This isn't so much of a homesteading book, but Sara Stein's Noah's Garden is one of my favorites. It's about rethinking the way we garden so that we are doing it in harmony with ecology and nature.

I've been a fan of Ben Falk for a long time and he put out his first book not that long ago, The Resilient Farm and Homestead which is awesome particulary if you live in a colder climate. I have a feeling he will be putting out a new edition though soon given how he wrote the first one so you might want to wait on a purchase of that one.

Again, if you are a cold climate person, almost anything by Elliot Coleman is really great. He does a lot of extending the season kind of stuff that is good for shorter season growers.

Edible Landscaping is more for people with yards (as opposed to acreage I guess....) but I think the book is brilliant and well written and very inspirational with lots of resources.

u/spontanewitty · 2 pointsr/homestead

All of the posts so far are great. I would also suggest to anyone with less space, look into miniature or smaller breeds of certain livestock, possibly. There are quite a few books on working to get more out of small plots when it comes to gardening and farming. Rotational grazing and other wise pasture management can help you get the most out of your space without turning it into a manure-coated moonscape! There are many more, but here are a few of my favorites to homesteaders starting out. Others have already mentioned some I really like as well.

Desert or Paradise - Sepp Holzer
*Sepp usually works with larger tracts of land, but his methods and ideas often still apply to smaller scale.

The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It - John Seymour This one talks about a variety of DIY homesteading things. It also gives some basic layout and space allocation ideas for different sizes of homesteads. They're a suggestion, not an absolute template. Customize to your needs as with everything.

The Resilient Gardener - Carole Deppe Carole discusses growing the majority of food for her and her flock of dual-purpose (meat and egg) ducks. She's also a scientist and shows ways to work more efficiently. She has a couple other great books and sells seeds when she has extra. Her method of growing certain types of garbanzo beans to pop into a nutty treat is something I'd like to try.

Also check out this site. They grow quite a bit on a well-tended suburban-size lot. It's about 1/5 an acre.

u/HomesteaderWannabe · 18 pointsr/homestead

Hey Satchkey, don't despair... there is hope and a way to fulfill your desires!

A year ago today I was 31 and still living in Ottawa (the capital city of Canada) working a desk job in an office cubicle for the federal government. I had felt exactly as you do for years, wanting to get away from the masses of people and get back closer to nature and capture that feeling that I also had whenever I went hiking or camping.

Fast forward to today. I still work the same job for the federal government, but now I work from a home office. This allowed me and my fiancee to buy some land and move (last July) back to my home town in the mountains of northwestern British Columbia (on the west coast of Canada). I bought 6 acres of land with a small (850 sq foot) cabin on it with outbuildings and we have been living the dream ever since. We had enough time last summer and into fall to build a chicken coop and we have a small flock of 9 birds that provide us with ~4 eggs/day. Just this last weekend we went up to the woodlot and starting cutting some trees down to chop up for firewood for next winter (the cabin is heated by an old fashioned wood cookstove). We're getting ready to plant a big garden this year and we're also finalizing plans to construct a hog pen this year so that we can raise a couple pigs for meat.

All this is to say that it can be done... if I can do it, anyone can.

On to your question about material! This is how I started formulating my dream into reality as well, and I can honestly say that of the MANY MANY books that I have bought, the one that I go back to fairly often is John Seymour's Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It. This book has the basics for everything you mentioned, and more. I highly recommend that you start there, and if you have any more specific questions or topics, feel free to ask and I'll let you know any other books I might have on the topic (I have a LOT).

Good luck, and keep striving for the dream! Despite what some might say, it is attainable. I even still have internet and can game online with my buddies like I always did! You don't have to trade in all the luxuries of a modern life just to have a simpler one!

u/1SGBrowncoat · 2 pointsr/homestead

I would really like to reccommed the book linked here: book. I used this book to select my country property and used the sample contracts to make my own contract. We bought our country property and house without a buyers or sellers real estate agent. I actually found our dream place by stopping to ask for directions to a listing. I visited with the 90 year old farmer and he said he was interested in selling his place, but had just never got around to listing it yet. The title company I hired to do the title work was the only expense and they covered the closing for us. I figured I saved thousands in commissions and bought into equity. The farmer said he wanted a family to love the land as he did, and his kids were not interested in country living. He gave me his price, and when the appraisal exceeded his price by 30%, he said he was still happy with his asking price, as we were "the right family" for the land.
This book covered so many things I hadn't considered when looking to country properties (easements, well flow rates, zoning, etc.) it's really a good start to getting your homestead going.

Good luck!

u/OtisB · 1 pointr/homestead

This book:

covers that subject in good detail. It's not perfect, but it is a good start for someone just starting out.

I will say that if you're looking to 100% self sufficiency, you're going to need approx 1/4 to 1/2 acre (around 10 to 20 thousand square feet) of land. Your entire space is 1200 square feet. Planted intensively with an eye to crops that produce a lot of food per area planted, you could provide a very large harvest that would feed you for a good part of the year, but I don't think you're going to get to full self sufficiency in that space unless you become a true expert at it.

At first, I would suggest 6-12 laying hens and a rooster. Choose a dual purpose breed that can also be a meat bird. Consider hatching eggs periodically, keep whatever hens you deem necessary to maintain your flock, and butcher the rest. You'll need a decent sized coop and run (unless you can free range) and you'll need a quarantine area to keep young birds so they aren't beat up by older birds in the run. I'd guess you'll never have more than 25 birds at a time (12 hens 1 rooster and 12 birds to butcher when mature), and if I was doing it that would mean about a 150 sq foot coop with a run about 4 times that size. All food and garden scraps are chicken food. Compost is made in the chicken run, need to feed the chickens and whatever is left over is compost covered in chicken manure.

Focus on calorie dense foods, especially root crops and things that can do a second or third planting in a year. Potatoes, carrots, etc are great, they store well and provide a lot of calories per square foot of space.

Some thoughts anyway. It's really a matter of fine tuning efficiency. I've been working towards similar goals for 4 years now and I'm nowhere near where I wish I was.

u/boumboum34 · 11 pointsr/homestead

There's really no such thing as a "best state" for homesteading. There's just too many factors involved, some of which work against each other, and there's personal preferences also. What's perfect for one person would suck for another. Personally I think most states east of the Mississippi will work just fine--just avoid places with a whole lot of local laws and codes and regulations that will make your life real hard.

And climate is only one small factor among many that you need to consider. Cost of the land? How much can you afford? How will you make a living? Commute to work? How's the local economy? The local government and regulations and fees?

The viability of homesteading can vary a lot not just within a state but also within a single county, or even between adjacent parcels, due to deed restrictions and local conditions such as one property is on a flood plains and the adjacent one isn't. Stuff like that.

Take your time researching all this. No need to hurry. Laws are going to matter, so will land and living costs, and your ability to generate sufficient income in a given area.

I suggest you start with your library and with amazon, look into books on homesteading and on how to find and buy a place in the country.

Two books I particularly like:

How to Find and Buy Your Place in the Country.


Country Property Dirt Cheap

"Place" is extremely thorough and detailed, will help you avoid a lot of pitfalls. I found it an overwhelming and somewhat discouraging read, t hough--but it has important information I found in no other book.

"Dirt Cheap" is my favorite of all the "how to move to the country" books. It's an autobiography of a guy who did it, on not a whole lot of money. Talks a lot about his journey, the things he tried, what worked for him what didn't. Fantastic tips. Lots of adventures and surprises--and it left me feeling very heartened and encouraged. He found his place and loves it. He made me feel I could do it too.

And I did. Finally got out of the city for good just a year ago. I researched it for years before I found and got my little piece of paradise. It feels real good.

u/not_whiney · 13 pointsr/homestead

Depends on the food item and your infrastructure.

Drying is good for a lot of fruits and for herbs and such.

Cold storage. We have multiple freezers. A stand up 23 cu ft, a 19 cu ft chest plus the regular fridge freezer and the freezer on the back/beer fridge in basement. We have been buying half pigs and half or 1/4 cows for the freezers and we freeze a lot of vegetables. Sweet corn does really well frozen, so do a lot of the squashes and green beans.

Canning. Canning does quite a lot of foods. There are two types, pressure canning and water bath canning. The water bath canning is for high acid, high sugar, low risk foods like jellies and most tomato sauces if prepared correctly. Pickling is also usually water bath. All the low acid, higher risk stuff goes in a pressure canning systems.

Root cellar storage. Cool/cold room storage. If you have access to the right conditions, this is a great way to store lots of stuff like potatoes, carrots, beets, etc.

Some sources to get you started:
The starter book that is indispensable for canners: Ball blue book

The more advanced Ball full book
You can find either one at a book store, online, or at most used book stores.

USDA site has a lot of info. You want tried and tested recipes and methods. Botulism sucks.

Purdue University has a really good set of links and add ons to the USDA guides as well.

You can also search the (food item, canning, extension) and there is probably a state agricultural extension that has some guide for it.

NDSU has a good guide for freezing stuff. It will get you started. Each food item will have specifics to getting a good freeze. Some things need blanched and some don't. Some need to be pre-frozen spread out on cookie sheets then dumped in a bag and some don't, etc.

Interesting root cellar idea that can be done fairly cheap.

Root cellar list of what to store and what conditions.

Best way to get started: get a big ass boiler and a couple of dozens of pint mason jars and a couple of dozens of 1/2 pint mason jars. Start with a couple of batches of different pickles/pickled vegetables. Make a batch or two of jams and jellies. If you get a couple dozen wide mouth jars you can practice a little freezing as well. The idea is to build up your equipment.

For a full canning rig you need all kinds of stuff and if you really get into it usually large stuff. Like the ginormous pressure cooker that holds a goodly number of quarts or two full courses of pint jars in it. something like this guy. But you can start with whatever you have available. If you do the water bath stuff and start to get into it and want to get into pressure canning you should get a larger pressure canner that will do at least 6 quarts at a time. We have a medium one that we can do a limited batch of stuff in, or one round of jars and then a huge one like I linked to. Just slowly build up your equipment as you can and get the best quality you can when you buy stuff. If you try and do the I will buy the cheap one, and see if I like it, it costs you more. Usually the cheap one is crappy and wont do a good job. And you will either decide it is not worth the trouble or will eventually realize the quality one is worth the money and buy it anyway.

Get a good set of tools. You can can without them, but shouldn't. Decent set with the basic pieces.

I also find that a pair of the latex coated gloves are helpful. We have one person pull jars form the hiow water bath (keeping them sterile) and the second person will put the funnel in and spoon the food into the jar. You have to wipe the top of the jar and place a heated lid on it and screw the top onto the jar. The jar will be close to 200F. I will be the jar person and wear the heavy latex coated glove on my left hand to hold the jar stable and to screw the lid on so I don't get burned. Never have seen anyone give the tip before, but it works really well and I have less burnt fingers and fewer spills or dropped jars that way. Something like this.

u/modgrow · 5 pointsr/homestead

I am relatively new to this subject and these books have been useful for me:

The Urban Homestead A good introductory book that touches on a lot of relevant topics.

Gaia's Garden This is not specifically a homesteading book but it is a very useful book for growing food and learning about small scale permacultural design.

Four Season Harvest Another useful book for growing, especially for those of us in cold climates.

Country Wisdom & Know How A fun reference for many homestead topics.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/homestead

Everyone has made some excellent points on size. You don't need a whole lot of land if you're just looking at wanting a plot for yourself. There are a million authors out there, but here is one which is really good in my opinion

Another big question that comes up with homesteading is how exactly you want to live. Obviously climate plays a big part into this, but how attached are you to the grid? Electricity? City Water? Septic?

The entire site has been a great tool for me to look at land and keep daydreaming. I also like

u/jnux · 2 pointsr/homestead

I'm reading The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour:

The thing I like about it is that it approaches things from the most simple way possible. Not simple as in easy, but simple as in low-tech (using animals to do your field prep). He also gives examples for everything from the urban raised bed to a full fledged farm (tho it reads like his primary model is closer to a 5 acre farm).

It also could be used as a bit of a users reference guide, meaning you don't have to sit down to read the whole thing in order to use it. If you just want to learn about growing beans, you could read that section and be set with the knowledge of which are good to grow in your area, soil type they need, planting and harvesting info, storing the harvest, and the common diseases / pests to watch for.

I'm about 1/5 of the way thru it now, and finding it a really wonderful resource.

u/thomas533 · 6 pointsr/homestead

Didn't mean to come across as hostile. And I still say you can't get all of your food from 1/4 acre. People typically cite the Dervaes Family but fail to realize that they use massive inputs for their systems and still don't get all of their food from their gardens. The best example that I've seen that has actually been self sufficient food wise and published info on it is Marjory Wildcraft of She said in on interview you needed at least five acres. Paul Wheaton also did an interview with a couple that had been doing intensive gardening in their 1/5 acre urban plot for the past 7 years and they were only able to get about 50% of one person's diet. They stated that it would require several acres per person to really be self sufficient food wise.

So, are you talking about this book? That book is entirely unrealistic and I seriously doubt that anyone following that model would be successful. I would love to see someone who has actually done it but all the real world examples I have seen point to the fact that you need far more land than 1/4 to make this work.

u/manakopi · 1 pointr/homestead

I am currently reading "5 acres and Independence" which I am enjoying, its fairly old but still very applicable, i think his anecdotes and way of thinking are very inspiring. Lots of nice little tips and observations.

At the same time I got "Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them" haven't delved into it too much, but I am less excited about it now that I've thumbed through it.

I've heard the "Raising Chickens for Dummies" book is actually worthwhile, so I'm thinking of picking that up next.

u/seedsofchaos · 1 pointr/homestead

When we were first getting started (before we left the suburbs), we really enjoyed this book:

It's breadth is "a mile wide and an inch deep" but it helped to scratch the surface and help us find what we wanted to do and research more versus what we weren't interested in trying right away. It's a pretty easy read and just touches on many topics providing just enough information to get you started doing a project, basic troubleshooting with that item, and then moves on to a new topic.

u/use_more_lube · 6 pointsr/homestead

Since you don't eat meat, unless these are Angora rabbits they'd just be pets.

If they're not useful, you should probably find somewhere else for them to live. While their poop is nutrient rich, so is hen poop.
Do you eat eggs?

Highly recommend you get this book if you're going to keep them. Best time to read up on livestock is before you get any, but we have to deal with the situation at hand.

But first - do you want two pet rabbits?
Do you have housing for them? Will it protect them from the elements and predators? Can you keep them separated? (they usually don't do well sharing one hutch) What are their genders?

Also, why would someone just give up two rabbits? Were they Easter Presents or what?

u/nowarninglabel · 1 pointr/homestead

Might I then recommend Dirt Cheap Property

It's a pretty good resource for figuring all this out, and some of his ideas, like talking to local farmers if they have land they might parcel off, might be up your alley. As noted by another commenter, is also a good resource.

u/Polydeuces · 2 pointsr/homestead

Depending on how much space you've got, this one is pretty nice: The Backyard Homestead. There's a little bit of everything :)

If you're into permaculture and that kind of thing, I'd recommend Gaia's Garden and Edible Forest Gardens, Vol 2. Be warned, Edible Forest Gardens is a bit like reading an engineering text!

u/PlantyHamchuk · 3 pointsr/homestead

Consider signing up for gardening classes, lectures, and seminars. Try your local extension service, garden clubs, botanical gardens, and plant nurseries. Youtube has a wealth of information, but it may not apply to where you are. There's a regional aspect to growing.

Start gardening where you are right now. Skip trying to start things from seeds (it's July), and just see if you can keep some herbs alive in pots for now, like basil or mint. Learn to cook from scratch and how to can/preserve/ferment your food. Reddit, youtube, and the internet in general is full of countless resources on this and other related topics, everything from r/gifrecipes to r/cooking to /r/EatCheapAndHealthy/ to r/baking to r/homebrewing - and of course there's tons of garden-related subreddits.

Buying your actual piece of land is step #4209 of homesteading, not #1. Without experience, you'll have no way of evaluating whether the land actually fits what you want to do or not.

Here's two books to consider, to help you learn how to garden where you are currently -

u/falk225 · 2 pointsr/homestead

This is our favorite book. It's great for beginners and covers a wide range of topics. We keep it on hand to use as a quick reference.

u/Zodiac23 · 4 pointsr/homestead

A thousand times: No! Debt is the last thing you want to start building your homestead on, especially a mortgage. Like others have said until you can afford a small piece of unimproved land, and then build it up yourself as homesteaders for centuries have been doing. You could get the 10 acres and build you own home for a fraction of the cost and not be a wage slave to the banks. In fact, I would recommend 2 things: First, look for unimproved lots around 5 (10 acres is a lot more than most homesteaders need unless they want to grow a huge cash crop and actually be a farmer, not just a modern homesteader) acres all over the country to get a price baseline then focus on the areas and prices that fit your desires and budget. And second, get this book and look over the various layouts they have for different sized homesteads: The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It. It's an amazing and essential book for new modern homsteaders if you haven't already checked it out.

u/on_a_moose · 1 pointr/homestead

Between "Back to Basics" and a trusty copy of Fannie Farmer for cooking, you can cover a LOT of good ground. There are lots of great books, but those are two I can't live without. To be clear, both are about techniques and methods, not so much the theory behind it. They're fantastic reference books though.

u/HSMOM · 7 pointsr/homestead

Kind of a homesteading book,

I frakking love this book, I've read it over a dozen times since I was a kid. Next year I will be living my dream!!!!

u/nigmafyre · 1 pointr/homestead

My partner and I are embarking upon a similar journey. My advice is to read a lot, before buying land.

This book has been VERY informative, and remains practical despite its copyright date. Just keep in mind that there may be a more modern methods available, and you'll be in great shape.

As always I recommend referencing multiple sources for all important info, but Five Acres and Independence is an excellent one to start from.

u/bluesimplicity · 22 pointsr/homestead
  1. Passive solar...carefully placing windows facing south to catch the winter sun, no windows on north or west side, thermal mass to absorb the heat of the sun, shading the windows from summer sun. The home will heat itself in the winter and stay cool in the summer with few inputs and no mechanical parts to break. (This orientation is for the northern hemisphere.) There are many books & websites that can explain in detail. I recommend the Solar House by Daniel Chiras.
  2. Geoff Lawton of the permaculture world has a video called Property Purchase Checklist of what kind of land to buy.
  3. There's a book called Finding & Buying Your Own Place in the country. This is the legal aspects of buying land such as contracts and easements.
  4. Consider how you will use the home. Plan spaces around activities such as your sewing, canning, or butchering. Also consider flow. How will you get the groceries from the car through the door and into the pantry? How will guests get through the front door, hang up winter coats, and find the bathroom without going through your private bedroom?
  5. How will you age in this home? When you get arthritis, will the door knobs and light switches be types easier for that condition? If you end up in a wheelchair, are the hallway and doorways wide enough to wheel a chair through? It's much easier and cheaper to plan those small details before you build rather than to modify after the fact.
u/imbignate · 2 pointsr/homestead

Here on Amazon

I love this book, and the pickled carrots are awesome

u/farminvt · 1 pointr/homestead

Excellent cover-all type book, IMO: The Backyard Homestead.
Wife uses it, has good intro points on a lot of topics.
Be resourceful; pigs are garbage eaters, have variety in your veggies to spread out the burden of harvest season, and be prepared to give it some time. Like most quality en devours, it takes time.
But you can change your homestead around your land - depends on your willingness to work with what you've got. Not everyone needs hundreds of acres.

u/kibitzello · 2 pointsr/homestead

I'm a bit of a generalist. I always have lots of projects going on at once, each in a different state of completion. The books I have listed I do own, and read and pick through the most often.

The first two are generalist books. I say that because they both have such a breadth of information it's hard to describe them. The third is more specialist in that it covers only a single subject, but does so in such detail and in a recipe type format that it's easy to follow along. It starts with how to build a blacksmith shop, what tools you need, and how to use tools you make to build bigger tools to help build other, bigger tools.

u/jeffrrw · 3 pointsr/homestead

I'd recommend reading The Market Gardner by JM Fortier because I'd imagine your climate is similar to theirs. It's a micro garden on 1.5 acres on a 10 acre property. They generate about 80k a year through CSA farm shares and farmers markets. If you have a local market that is not saturated you could definitely generate income with your short growing season and become fully self sufficient.

u/goldshawfarm · 1 pointr/homestead

If you’re growing the right crops and doing high efficiency things like potato towers, yeah, that’s about what you need. Here’s a great book. A bit more focused on farming vs homesteading, but the methods carry over.

u/DoublePlusGoodly · 2 pointsr/homestead

Or anything by the author, Carol Deppe. She also has a website, seed company, and a pretty loyal following.

u/Crdahl · 1 pointr/homestead

Found this in some more browsing on Amazon. I am only about 50 pages in, but enjoying it so far...

u/4ArthurDent2 · 2 pointsr/homestead

Alone in the Wilderness:

Accompanying Book:

Multiple Alaskan Homesteads, the user who posted this video was apart of one of these families before leaving for civilization:

A documentary by VICE that is dedicated to the Korth family, seen in the above video:

Book about the Korth family from the previous two links:

Those last two are the most interesting, because the Korths are the only human residents of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, so they are basically the only residents of an area as large as the state of South Carolina, which is something I can relate to since I grew up in SC....basically the Korths are the most badass homesteaders alive; SC is pretty fucking big.

EDIT: Well I read that wrong, I thought you wanted documentaries to watch.....well if you have money for the plane ticket and the time you could try and meet one of them, but again the third link is from one of the members from one of those families except he's "civilized" so try and message him on YouTube.

u/isaidputontheglasses · 3 pointsr/homestead

This sounds like a job for The Backyard Homestead.

This book should have pretty much everything you need to know including layouts for tiny homesteads.

u/bfg_foo · 1 pointr/homestead Finding and Buying Your Place in the Country by Les and Carol Scher. Fantastic reference.

u/JoeyJoeJoeJrShabidou · 6 pointsr/homestead

This is a terrific book detailing exactly what you are asking.

Backyard Homestead

u/Pullupthendown · 1 pointr/homestead

I lucked out and found a book at my local Goodwill by John Seymour that discusses this and a few other topics. I think it might be the same or very similar to what dead_indian mentioned.

u/SuperShak · 3 pointsr/homestead

If you haven't already, introduce yourself to permaculture. A good start is Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway and this video right here by Geoff Lawton.

u/texasrigger · 1 pointr/homestead

Mini farming has a lot of good info on making the most of a tiny spot.

u/whats_up_doc · 1 pointr/homestead

I read this book on Richard Proenneke a few years ago, and it's a really worthwhile read.

u/phidophoto · 2 pointsr/homestead

I've heard great things about this one, but haven't purchased it for myself yet. It's one of those old-school "pass thing down the way they used to do them" books.

u/backwardscowsoom · 1 pointr/homestead

We were 30 when we started.

The Nearings were in there 40s and 50s when they started in Vermont, without the advantages (?) of modern tools. the good life is their books about it. They restarted in Maine when Scott was in his 70s or so.

u/wyliequixote · 1 pointr/homestead

I just purchased the updated and revised 4th edition earlier this year at my local Tractor Supply Co. but I never read any of the earlier versions to give a comparison.
Edit: Correction, I have the 3rd edition which is available on Amazon:

u/MachinatioVitae · 3 pointsr/homestead

I amazed no one has mentioned 5 acres and independence yet.

Edit: Also, check our /r/backyardorchard. Tons of fruit/nut hobbiest info there.

u/flower71 · 2 pointsr/homestead

I would think you're in exactly the right place for the Foxfire books to be interesting - I have an e-copy, but lots of the techniques and plants don't apply for my part of the country.


list of the books

u/DeJeR · 7 pointsr/homestead

Read this book: Five Acres and Independence.

It gives you all the information you need without unnecessary expenses.

u/magenta_placenta · 1 pointr/homestead

Possibly Finding and Buying Your Place in the Country, there's a checklist at the very end of the book.

u/atlalphabadger · 29 pointsr/homestead

Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game: Beef, Veal, Pork, Lamb, Poultry, Rabbit, Venison

As requested.

u/GeneralCiman · 2 pointsr/homestead

Everything you don’t already know, you can get from here:

Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game: Beef, Veal, Pork, Lamb, Poultry, Rabbit, Venison

u/kgwpayne · 6 pointsr/homestead

This book was my guide for doing the same thing.
The Backyard Homestead: Produce all...