The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City
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
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
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
However, be aware that many of the suggestions for graywater systems and the like are de ...more
However what I liked best about it ...more
From handy ideas for growing potatoes to how to can and preserve various crops this is a nice fount of information for someone like me who has little ...more
I also liked the general tone of this book, it's laid-back and the authors seem to actually understand that many people a ...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
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
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 : ...more
For one thing, its focus on urban living and the specific challenges and opportunities in that setting. Most if not all of the topics and ideas they address are appropriate for city dwellers, particularly those without a lot of space.
For a second thing, it doesn't just focus on gardening and husbandry, aka feeding oneself, but also devotes a lot of space to off-the-grid living techniqu ...more
This book is easy to read and to follow. Projects range from simple to extensive, making it a book for every level. Where the project goes above the authors' "skill level", still, the experiences of the authors are given and mo ...more
* “wherever you are now — that’s your homestead.”
* “its a great art to saunter” — Thoreau
* read “how to not get hit by cars” at bicyclesafe.com
Highly recommend if any of these things are of interest to you and you want to live a healthier life, not just for your own well being, but for the well being of our ...more