The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

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Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2012 - House & Home - 420 pages
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The Weekend Homesteader is organized by month--so whether it's January or June you'll find exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.

You'll learn about backyard chicken care, how to choose the best mushroom and berry species, and why and how to plant a no-till garden that heals the soil while providing nutritious food. Permaculture techniques will turn your homestead into a vibrant ecosystem and attract native pollinators while converting our society's waste into high-quality compost and mulch. Meanwhile, enjoy the fruits of your labor right away as you learn the basics of cooking and eating seasonally, then preserve homegrown produce for later by drying, canning, freezing, or simply filling your kitchen cabinets with storage vegetables. As you become more self-sufficient, you'll save seeds, prepare for power outages, and tear yourself away from a full-time job, while building a supportive and like-minded community. You won't be completely eliminating your reliance on the grocery store, but you will be plucking low-hanging (and delicious!) fruits out of your own garden by the time all forty-eight projects are complete.

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Review: The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

User Review  - Kathryn McGowan - Goodreads

Good book filled with multiple projects for our new "estate." Covers topics like gardening in how-to depth. Decent intro to chickens, fruit trees, composting and other things I want to get to. Author ... Read full review

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User Review  - Diana Par-due - Goodreads

This book was such a joy to read. The fun month by month to do chapters helped make big gardens seem much more attainable. The photos were gorgeous and many, and the tone was light and fun. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Anna Hess dreamed about moving back to theland ever since her parents dragged her off their family farm at the age ofeight. She worked as a field biologist and nonprofit organizer before acquiringfifty-eight acres and a husband, then quit her job to homestead full time. Sheadmits that real farm life involves a lot more hard work than her childhoodmemories entailed, but the reality is much more fulfilling and she lovespigging out on sun-warmed strawberries and experimenting with no-tillgardening, mushroom propagation, and chicken pasturing. Visit her at

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