Thursday, June 4, 2009
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.