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Living on an Acre: A Practical Guide to the Self-Reliant Life

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Who hasn’t daydreamed at one time or another about selling produce at a farmer’s market, keeping chickens, or planting an orchard of fruit trees? Inside every do-it-yourselfer is a longing for a more independent lifestyle and the satisfaction that can come from getting one’s hands dirty while turning some earth. Whether one is thinking about a second home in the country, s ...more
Paperback, 2nd edition, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Lyons Press (first published 2010)
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Jan 29, 2013 Rivkah rated it it was amazing
A good beginner's overview. I started out with more encyclopedic references, like Storey's 'Country Living' and John Seymour's 'The Self Sufficient Life, etc.' so it is nice to get a step back and see what that life looks like from the outside, and from people who are not quite so extreme--the idea of going 'part-time' into the lifestyle is considered much more realistic here, and that's nice to see. I think this book would be a good jumping off point for others; they don't gloss over the heartb ...more
Daniel Brown
May 30, 2014 Daniel Brown rated it really liked it
Very informative and interesting. It covers so many different ideas on how to attempt home farming. What a great resource. I checked it out of the library but am going to order a copy for myself to keep at home.
Mar 27, 2014 Garrett rated it really liked it
This book lived up to my expectations as a good overview for the broader topic of small/hobby farms. There is not enough depth in any one area for it to stand alone as a how-to manual, but I have not found another book that does as good a job covering the big picture.

Use this book to make sure you are thinking things through, and once (if) you've decided to move forward with a small farm, find in-depth guides -- or consult your cooperative extension! -- for the specifics activities you take on.
Gabrielle W.
Feb 16, 2013 Gabrielle W. rated it it was ok
Shelves: country-living
The title to me makes no sense. I feel like this book was more about things to look at before moving to the country....what kinds of "country person do you want to be?" What each type of person does. Pluses and minus' of moving to the country.....if you're already living in the country, this book is a waste. There really isn't that much helpful information in it...I'd suggest other books such as the Back to Basics books.
Kristy O
Dec 08, 2011 Kristy O rated it it was ok
Just enough information to discourage you from pursuing a rural life. Not enough information to be helpful if you want to know how to go about it.
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