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Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing…

Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping…

by Abigail R. Gehring

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This book is full of superficial information on a great number (far too great a number) of topics, many of which have very little to do with homesteading per se. Gehring does admit to a nonstandard definition in which homesteading means pretty much anything you want it to, thus the large amount of fluff included in the book (yoga? aromatherapy? really?). I'm adept in a number of crafts, but again, I don't see pottery making as a part of homesteading, and knitting only in the most peripheral way. Even so, it would take a book as large as this on any of these specialized topics to make a start. Meanwhile, the book suffers from a lack of space to cover vital core homesteading topics such as gardening - and, in the case of gardening, there is a willingness to accept chemical solutions unquestioningly. I'm writing this review without actual access to the book, which I borrowed from the library and within 20 minutes realized would be of no help whatsoever to our family homesteading endeavours.

Taken as a book of aspirations to read about natural living and dream that you could be a homesteader someday, it's not bad (although I would still take issue with the chemical gardening). But what it is not, is a practical book for people actually involved in homesteading. ( )
  muumi | May 15, 2016 |
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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. From what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning, this book offers information on anything a homesteader needs--and more. It's written with country lovers in mind--even those who currently live in the city.--From publisher description.… (more)

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3 editions of this book were published by Skyhorse Publishing.

Editions: 1602397473, 1616082658, 1629143669

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