Thursday, June 4, 2009

Homesteading

This is my new favorite book. I have always had dreams of living completely off the grid and growing all my own food. Since there is very little chance of moving to the country, and I will probably be living in the suburbs for quite awhile, I am slowly endeavoring to turn my yard into a micro-farm. While I am willing to go completely for it, my husband needs a lot more convincing, thus the very slow progress. This book is great on how to grow food and raise animals on a typical suburban lot, or around 1/4 acre. It is amazing what can be accomplished with a little strategic planning (and a willingness to get odd looks from the neighbors). I particularly like how she goes through all the steps from planting to cultivating, to processing and storing. Everything from canning to making cheese and raising goats(!) is in this easy to read book. While I can't imagine ever raising large livestock (which I believe is not even allowed in a lot of cities), her planning and organizing of the yard and the growing seasons is quite impressive. If you get a chance, check this book out.

4 comments:

Bridgett said...

chickens! Most likely you can keep chickems where you live--we can even do that in the city (tho my husband says no thus far...(

flyraeven said...

That sounds like I may be able to learn a lot of awesome stuff from it too even though I am in an apartment. I'll have to check that out...thanks!

Anonymous said...

I also am fond of "The Ultimate Guide to Self-Sufficiency" by John Seymour. I, too, have wild fantasies of living that life, but a major move last year has rattled the foundations of life, marriage, and home and I am so slow to get back to my old baseline, let alone endeavor for something new. I am (slowly) getting there, though. I am going to take a gander at the book. Thanks for the info! Susan

plaidshoes said...

Susan - I haven't read that book, I will definitely look for it. I find it always takes a lot of time to get re-grounded when you move. We moved five years ago and only now do I feel like I am really settled. I am sure you will get there and think of all the great ideas you will have. My problem is too many ideas and not enough time or good planning to get them done!