Synopses & Reviews
With the rapid depletion of our planets natural resources, we would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, its just as important to save money as it is to go green. As Gehring shows in this thorough but concise guide, being kind to Mother Earth can also mean being kind to your bank account! It doesnt matter where your homestead is located—farm, suburb, or even city. Wherever you live, The Homesteading Handbook
can help you:
Plan, plant, and harvest your own organic home garden.
Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing.
Build alternate energy devices by hand, such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps.
Differentiate between an edible puffball mushroom and a poisonous amanita.
Prepare butternut squash soup using ingredients from your own garden.
Conserve water by making a rain barrel or installing an irrigation system.
Have fun and save cash by handcrafting items such as soap, potpourri, and paper.
Experience the satisfaction that comes with self-sufficiency, as well as the assurance that you have done your part to help keep our planet green. The Homesteading Handbook is your roadmap to living in harmony with the land.
Who doesn t want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this large, fully-illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. It s written with country lovers in mind even those who currently live in the city.Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or even the wilderness, there is plenty you can do to improve your life from a green perspective. Got sunlight? Start container gardening. With a few plants, fresh tomatoes, which then become canned tomato sauce, are a real option. Reduce electricity use by eating dinner by candlelight (using homemade candles, of course). Learn to use rainwater to augment water supplies. Make your own soap and hand lotion. Consider keeping chickens for the eggs. From what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning, this book offers information on anything a homesteader needs and more.
The ultimate guide to self-sufficient living for country, urban, and suburban folks.
About the Author
Abigail R. Gehring is the editor of Back to Basics, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency, and author of Odd Jobs and Dangerous Jobs. She’s practiced living self-sufficiently since her childhood in Vermont, being home-schooled, home-canning jams and jellies, and enjoying natural crafts. She lives in New York City and Windham, Vermont.