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The City Homesteader
is the handbook for the world of self-sufficient living. It's about living tangibly in a virtual world. It's about being resourceful, saving money, reducing consumption, and increasing self-reliance. Join the many who are raising backyard chickens in the city and tilling their side yards: tapping into natural energy, managing homes more efficiently, and getting back to the earth.
Explore the homesteading arts: gardening on small and large scales, raising dwarf fruit trees, sprouting grains, smoking meats and fish, grinding grains for flour, making cheese, making wine, cellaring, heating without fossil fuel, harvesting rainwater, composting, and much moreThe City Homesteader provides all the basics, including how to find supplies and step-by-step instructions that make it easy to follow along. Original illustrations throughout help you create your very own homestead on any piece of earth.
"Whether readers want to simply grow some basil for pesto in a window box outside their apartment or build their own chicken coop, former Organic Gardening editor-in-chief Meyer (Grow Your Own Giant Sequoia) shows city-dwellers how to enjoy fresh herbs and farm-fresh produce without owning an acreage-or even a yard. Under Meyer's tutelage, readers will learn how to make homemade cheese and yogurt, grow a litany of herbs and preserve them for use throughout the year, compost with confidence, and more, all with minimal investments of time or money. Urban homesteaders with a little more green space and gumption will appreciate tips on beekeeping (including a DIY beehive) and rabbit-raising, but the vast majority of the book is centered around practical, useful applications like homemade pickles and green tips such as using baking soda to clean tubs and toilets, and how to make your own flystrips (duct tape and honey or maple syrup). Even if readers never get around to building that chicken coop or take up goat herding (stick with females; males can get loud and stinky) they're sure to find a couple useful applications in this concise and readable guide to getting the most green out of small spaces.
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About the Author
Scott Meyer is a former editor of Organic Gardening for Rodale, and a frequent writer of all varieties of do-it-yourself. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.