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A Chicken in Every Yard : The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping
by Robert Litt Details
This nuts-and-bolts guide to selecting and raising backyard chickens offers everything a first-time keeper needs to know.
Backyard Homesteading : A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency
by David Toht Details
'Backyard Homesteading' addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use--even if they live in an urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. It shows homeowners how to turn their yard into a productive and wholesome 'homestead' that allows them to grow their own fruits and vegetables and raise farm animals.
Backyard Roots :inspiration on Living Local From 35 Urban Farmers
by Lori Eanes Details
Backyard Roots is a unique project by California-based photographer Lori Eanes that evocatively and intimately explores the lives of 35 urban farmers in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. From the elderly to the young, the trendy to the purely functional, here are inspiring stories, ideas on how to make it happen, tips on everything from chicken keeping to community health, and so much more.
Homesteading in the 21st Century : How One Family Created a More Sustainable, Self-Sufficient, and Satisfying Life
by George Nash Details
There's no question we're going through some tough economic times, but this book offers an alternative. It's a guide for anyone who imagines a better life--from struggling families tired of energy dependency to dreamers who always wished they could live off the land someday. This ultimate DIY guide holds to the premise that anyone can homestead, and raise at least a portion of their food themselves--even if they live in the city.
Plowing with Pigs : And Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions
by Oscar H. Will Details
This highly readable and entertaining guide brings together answers to common problems faced by homesteaders young and old, urban, suburban, and rural. Traditional knowledge is combined with MacGyver-style ingenuity to create projects that maximize available resources.
The Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping
by Samantha Johnson Details
"The Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping is a fully illustrated, explicitly detailed resource for would-be rural and suburban beekeepers."
The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens : Everything You Need to Know and Didn't Know You Needed to Know About Backyard and Urban Chickens
by Andy G Schneider Details
Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with the earth, the community, and your food sources? Keeping backyard chickens is a fun, simple way to start making this happen, even with limited space in your backyard.
The City Homesteader : Self-Sufficiency On Any Square Footage
by Scott Meyer Details
Meyer reinterprets yesterday's necessities for today's enthusiast, helping you put your lawn, windowsill, or spare closet to work as your own personal homestead in the city, and reap the rewards.
The Ultimate Self-Sufficiency Handbook : A Complete Guide to Baking, Crafts, Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More
by Abigail R Gehring Details
A guide to simpler, greener, and more sustainable living. It provides advice, tips, and step-by-step instructions for hundreds of projects, offering the entire family the tools they need to make the shift toward self-sufficient living. It helps readers learn to dip candles, bake bread, make maple syrup, start a vineyard, and much more.
The Weekend Homesteader : A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency
by Anna Hess Details
Organized by month, this homesteading manual will guide you through short projects which you can use to slowly acclimate to the alternate lifestyle without becoming overwhelmed.
Updated 08/29/2014

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