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The Half-Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening

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Lloyd Kahn and his wife Lesley's story of building their own home, establishing a garden, and practicing crafts on a small piece of land on the Northern California Coast over a 46-year period, with over 500 photos.

Lloyd, the former shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, has published seven books on owner building, showcasing hundreds of builders, and this is his first
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Paperback, 168 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Shelter Publications
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Richard
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect book for a city dweller, stuck indoors due to Covid-19, who dreams of crafting a home and garden.

I devoured it in one night, and I've since revisited it quite a few times, just for the pleasure of looking at the pictures and thinking, oh, yeah, that'd be cool.

It might be even better for someone that has a home and yard but isn't quite sure what they want to do with it. Buy a copy and find out.
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Sherri
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Compilation of Lloyd and Leslie's inside and out of their home. Almost a diary insight look into their home. The style may not be for all but interesting to put your whole detailed home in photos for other to see. ...more
Elvira Selischi
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was in a bookstore and enable to leave this book out of my hands ... it is a useful book for people needing some ideas about the interior and exterior of a rural house and also some advices ... That’s true (regarding other comments with 2 stars :/ ... ) , the book can be seen as “personal” or as “a journal” ... but this is also a part of the beauty and the charm of this book ... Seeing what’s possible, and not having only “instructions and informations” inside ... After me, a useful book, for ...more
Jingjing Yu
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really nice read. The book covers a LOT of topics. I think maybe too many topics even. I wish the author can spend more time on details of the first appendix "advice to someone building a home." It is definitely a book to read & re-read. I wish there are more details on how to do them instead of just pictures of flowers...:) ...more
Ashley
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Some good ideas and lots of great photos. A major complaint, as with so many homestead/gardening books I read — it’s not so relevant to our harsh climate.
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