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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615641041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615641048
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,450,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sundari Elizabeth Kraft has been a dedicated urban homesteader for nearly a decade. Currently, she homesteads in Denver with her chickens, goats, and organic front yard garden. She organizes a group of community volunteers to grow vegetables in city yards, then sells and distributes the produce in the neighborhood. She sits on the Denver Food Policy Council and works with a number of local urban sustainability groups. Sundari teaches classes in backyard chicken and goat keeping, urban gardening, canning, and cooking.

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Much information is very practical and very well explained.
JEGALLO
I had considered zoning laws before, but the book covered aspects of the law that I didn't even know about.
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Overall, this is an amazing resource for anyone looking to live a more sustainable life.
Diane Hoffmaster

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 16, 2012
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I got the Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading because it was recommended on another product. I found this guide to be very helpful; it covered lots of things that I didn't even consider as part of urban homesteading in the book. I had considered zoning laws before, but the book covered aspects of the law that I didn't even know about.

The reason I termed it less than perfect is because I wanted more information. A lot more. I'd have been happy to see another 100 to 200 pages to this book. I appreciate the recommendations for books that can give more detail, but I bought this book for that level of detail. Also, the information on rabbits wasn't entirely correct--close but not right. I know this subject well as having owned a pet rabbit for years. That incorrect data means I'll have to do more research to confirm that the author was right about raising goats and gardening. I really don't like that my "Complete" guide has merely pushed me to do research elsewhere. Those two issues where why I couldn't give it five stars, or even four.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JEGALLO on June 4, 2012
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Great book for beginners looking for information on how to start the process of homesteading. Much information is very practical and very well explained. While I may not use all of the info, I will use this as a resource book for many things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane Hoffmaster on October 30, 2011
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I have always been jealous of my sister, who lives in a rather rural area and is allowed to have chickens and ducks. It is easy for her to find pick your own produce places and many local farmers have fresh milk, honey, meat, etc. Living in the suburbs makes it a lot harder to be self sustaining but

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading was quite an eye opener in terms of things I really CAN do, despite not having a lot of land.

First off, the layout of this book makes it very easy to navigate and find the information you are looking for. There is a detailed table of contents that can direct you to the exact topic you are looking for. There are also small icons (pictures) throughout the book that draw your eye to useful tidbits you might want to know about. They are summarized as small steps, definitions, road blocks, and urban info. These are quick snapshots of stuff you need to keep in mind while reading that particular chapter. Each chapter ends with a section called 'The Least You Need To Know' which I LOVE. A quick bullet point summary of what is contained in each chapter. The end of the book contains a glossary, Internet resources, and a garden planning guide to back up what is within the chapters.

I cannot even begin to list all the topics covered in this book. It is not just a gardening book (although there is lots of info on that) but will also tell you how to raise animals, make homemade yogurt, can your food, create your own beauty products and tons of other stuff. I was fascinated with the section on aquaponics...basically having a fish habitat/plant garden that help each other thrive. I told my husband I thought we should try raising our own fish! Of course, my home owner's association may have something to say about that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Oliver on December 10, 2011
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I saw this book on the "new books" shelf in my local library. I pulled it down and skimmed through it. It only took a brief look to know I wanted to get it for a friend. The service through Amazon is very good. The book arrived in excellent time and in the condition described. I'm pleased.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne on June 7, 2011
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Most of us appreciate the importance of a more sustainable lifestyle, but actually taking the steps to make it happen might seem overwhelming or intimidating. In this very practical book, the "how to's" are accessible and organized in such a way as to allow you to start with small steps in whichever areas have appeal or spark your interest. The planet, and by extension the lives of each of us, will only benefit. What a helpful guide!
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