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The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition) by Kelly Coyne
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Nov 19, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction, 2009, 5-star, do-not-own, creativity, radical-urbanism
Read in January, 2009

I have to say that I was initially very skeptical of this book; as I perused the table of contents I was nearly convinced that this was just another book for yuppies with yards (YWYs). As I live in a tiny 200 sq. ft. (at best) studio apartment with no land space, no balcony, and only north facing windows, I was certain this book wouldn't have anything useful for me in it.

However, it does have some really great projects and ideas, from growing food to composting, that can be accomplished even by those of us who are almost entirely bereft of space. Although I skipped over the portions of the book not pertinent to me (keeping chickens, I'm a vegan; installing solar power, I'm a renter) there was still a lot of ground to cover in this book, and I'm eager to start composting. When I move to a new place I will look for south facing windows and (maybe) a balcony so that I can start growing some indoor vegetables. I also enjoyed the section on how to can, and how to make your own starter for sourdough bread.

In all, this book seems to have something for everyone. Time and space deprived renters such as myself who want to minimize our daily impact (and costs) as well as YWYs who feel like making a difference.
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message 1: by stephanie (new)

stephanie thank you for this review - as i live in an apartment building in new york, i was skeptical as to how this could help me (i always laugh at what people consider "urban" after living in manhattan for so long - a yard?! what?!) so i think i'll end up checking this out after all. thanks for the review!!

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