The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-Reliance Series)
The Urban Homestead is the essential handbook for a fast-growing new movement: urbanites are becoming gardeners and farmers. Rejecting both end-times hand wringing and dewy-eyed faith that technology will save us from ourselves, urban homesteaders choose instead to act. By growing their own food and harnessing natural energy, they are planting seeds for the future of our c...more
However, it does have some really great projects and ideas, from growing food to composting, that can be accomplished even by...more
Subtitled "Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City," this volume in the Process Self-Reliance Series bills itself as "a project and resource book, complete with step-by-step illustrations and instructions to get you started homesteading right now." It really delivers, both to absolute beginners and to folks who have already ventured into the world of urban homesteading.
The authors start wit...more
I gave this book four stars, and I've been talking it up to a lot of people, but honestly I'm still a bit concerned. This book has many grammatical errors. And I know that Process is a really small press, and some of the errors might be typesetting (you get what you pay for)...more
PS - I am REALLY enjoying the cleaning section of this book. I made my own soft scrub from their "recipe" and I'll never go back! Delightful. Mine smelled like peppermint. As promised, it...more
Overall, I enjoyed the book--it has lots of good tips on how to set up and manage an urban homestead, but so many of the chapters seem irrelevant or out of reach for the average apartment dweller, especially ones with roommates. (I know, they say that anyone can do their st...more
But it’s rare that I find this type of book particularly useful. Frequently it’s like the authors don’t understand that not everyone in the world has access to fifty acres of prime farmland. Or per...more
However, be aware that many of the suggestions for graywater systems and the like are de...more
Not revolutionary nor new, but wisely refocusing and offering up ideas and information that anyone can apply with even the most basic of backyards.
Check out Kelly & Erik's daily/weekly progress-blog of the Urban Revolution:
: Happy Planting-Harvesting-Eating :
Some of the projects in this book are not going to work for everyone. Some are bigger and more complex than others. Generally, I think there was...more
The thing that made it so readable is that the writing is *sane*. There's an important distinction to be made between those who want to go completely off the grid and those who just want to find ways to be a bit more self-sufficient and to have a bit more control over what we eat and how we care for...more
That said, the Urban Homestead provides a great framework for scalable changes to modern city living that can be done...more
Really quite useful and full of practical, hands-on projects that the reader is encouraged to partake in.
The book loses a few stars for the self righteousness tone that some of it is written in, the alarmist way the authors talk about genetically engineered crops, how extreme some of the advice tends to be and the fact they needed to (for some reason) identify themselves as Apple (the com...more
Sample topics include:
home brewed beer
construction of self-watering containers
natural cleaning solution recipes
preserving the harvest
outfitting a bike for cargo-carrying
the list goes on...
It tries to be a manifesto on responsible living. I don't really need persuasion, was just looking for a book to make some gardening and animal husbandry projects seem less daunting, and to get some tips and instructions to execute some of those projects. It mostly satisfied those, but you'll have to wade through lots of proselytizing in the process--not to mention typos (sounds like maybe my edition is improved, because I usuall...more
Organized in an easy to use fashion, written in a breezy but serious style and full of very high-quality information. Lots of additional suggested reading, lots of small but useful tips.
This one's on my wish list for the permanent collection. I'll shelve it right next to my Mother Earth News A...more
The other books in this series look intersting.
Pg 309: Authors have a blog www.homegrownevolution.com
Pg 308; Other books "How to Live Well Without owning a Car" 2006. "The Art of Urban Living" 2004.
Pg 14: The authors are married but must use different surnames.
Pg 28: Starting a community garden.
Pg 115: The skill of urban foraging is good to have when the market and garden let you down.
Pg 123: A w...more
Most of the projects are so simple and straightforward that anyone can achieve success wit...more