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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Taunton Press
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Ami
This book is a very large book covering many topics about homesteading and mini-farming.

Things I liked: I liked how the authors included a section of picking a homestead site. None of the books I've read covered this subject. I also enjoyed how after the authors would discuss areas such as gardening or livestock, they would break it down for Urban sites, Suburban sites, or Mini-farming areas. This re-enforces the idea that you do not need 5 acres of land to homestead.

Things I didn't like: I did
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Didi Delighted
I am about 2/3 of my way through this book, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. The authors (a married couple) compiled this book after thirty-some years of experiencing the ups and downs of homesteading on a 68 acre plot in Vermont. Yes, you can find much of this information in many other books, however, this book offers plenty of insight (and even a little humor) based on decades of experience. I like the humor, the looking back, and even the bits where the author/s admit to making mistakes.
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Jennie
Many interesting ideas. Many parts were more in depth than what I am interested in but a good go to if I decide it bite the bullet.
Lani
I'm just beginning my research - this was my first book on homesteading, so for me was very helpful. I thought it gave a good overview of various aspects to consider - some sobering (which is good), and some really elementary. It is not a step-by-step guide, but I do feel as though I have a good sense of which areas I need to explore more, and even if I don't know all the answers, at least know what questions I should be asking.
Beth
Jun 13, 2011 Beth marked it as bored-now
While informative, it does repeat the same information one can find elsewhere. Otherwise, it is clearly written and quite frank about the pros and cons of growing food and raising animals for meat. I just didn't find it particularly inspiring.
Jessica
Great conversational read. I love how they took into account how often certain subjects are repeated within this genre, and discussed things in a broader way. There was nothing I felt I needed to skim over.
Rebecca Dipti
My dream... 5-10 year plan is to get back to the land.
Feel done with city life. Looking forward to breathing fresh air and growing vegetables again!
Melissa Amaral
Great book loaded with useful information for homesteading in any type of situation.
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
One of the better Homesteading books in my opinion.
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