Homesteading in the 21st Century: How One Family Created a More Sustainable, Self-sufficient, and Satisfying Life

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Taunton Press, 2011 - House & Home - 410 pages
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Not since Thoreau made his home in the woods at Walden Pond has the notion of self-sufficiency held more universal appeal. 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. This book is absolutely brimming with ideas on how to take control of your life by degrees--whether that means keeping chickens, growing a garden, or brewing your own beer.

 

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Contents

Finding the Right Location
14
Land Climate
32
Water Water Systems
49
Natural Resources
99
Garden Orchard
134
Brambles Berries Apples
216
Animals
263
The Gateway Critters
285
Turkeys Other Barnyard Birds
330
Pigs Cows Other Farm Animals
349
Shelters Fences
376
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About the author (2011)

George Nash has been living a self-reliant life for almost 40 years. Author of the perennial favorite "Renovating Old Houses" (and "Wooden Fences"), seller of Christmas trees in Manhattan for the last 35 years, former builder and renovator, and homesteader at "Gopher Broke Farm," George is truly a jack-of-all trades. Jane Waterman was raised on a New Hampshire dairy farm and learned gardening and animal husbandry from an early age. After many years as a midwife and later a doctor, Jane now lives full-time on the homestead with husband George and their oldest daughter, son-in-law, and two of their nine grandchildren raising their own vegetables, berries, eggs, meat, and fuel. Together, George and Jane are actively restoring the overgrown and neglected pastures, cleaning up the woodlot, rehabilitating apple trees, and producing pastured poultry and pork for local markets. Jane also teaches anatomy and physiology and nutrition courses to nursing students at the local community college.

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