Living on an Acre, 2nd and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $18.95
  • Save: $4.74 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 10 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Living on an Acre: A Prac... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by goHastings
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: 100% PRODUCT GUARANTEE!* Fast shipping on more than 1,000,000 Book , Video, Video Game, Music titles & More! We 100% Guarantee the full functionality of all used and previously viewed product, except its digital content, if any.
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Living on an Acre: A Practical Guide To The Self-Reliant Life Paperback – June 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1599218854 ISBN-10: 1599218852 Edition: Second Edition

Buy New
Price: $14.21
29 New from $5.27 27 Used from $4.98
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.21
$5.27 $4.98
Best%20Books%20of%202014
$14.21 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Living on an Acre: A Practical Guide To The Self-Reliant Life + The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! + Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre
Price for all three: $35.62

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Holiday Deals in Books
Holiday Deals in Books
Find deals for every reader in the Holiday Deals in Books store, featuring savings of up to 50% on cookbooks, children's books, literature & fiction, and more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; Second Edition edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599218852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599218854
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

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 you are thinking about a second home in the country, starting a part-time farm, or going back to the land, Living on an Acre will help you realize your dreams. This classic USDA guide is replete with comprehensive and fully updated information: The benefits of rural versus urban lifeWhat to consider when remodeling an older houseHow to build a barnGrowing produce for self-sufficiency versus growing for profitBeekeepingRaising livestockPutting land into conservation

About the Author

The U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE's team of experts is an impressive array of authorities ranging from farm management specialists, to state farm advisors, to agricultural economists, to the former Secretary of Agriculture.CHRISTINE WOODSIDE is a freelance editor and writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Backpacker, Yankee, Woman's Day, and Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of Energy Independence (Lyons Press). In 1987, she hiked the entire Appalachian Trail with her husband Nat Eddy.

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Buffy Fan on July 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
While I have no real complaint with the content of this book, I ended up returning it as I realized it just wasn't what I was after. The title and back cover lead me to the false assumption that the book would lay out a guide to how a family could utilize one acre of land to produce enough (or nearly enough) food to live on. I was hoping, among other things, for a garden plan indicating how many pea plants or tomatoes, or whatever you would want to consider planting to feed a family through the growing season and to can for the winter. I would have also appreciated an indication of what sort (and how many) animals might be able to successfully graze on an acre in addition to a large vegetable garden and area for fruit trees - how to balance these factors, in other words.

Instead, this book offers valuable information on what to consider if you are planning a major relocation from the city to the country (perhaps even with the thought of making farming a first or second career). There are several anecdotal sections written by people who have run small farms and a lengthy section outlining the basic needs of a variety of types of animals you may want to raise. I would say this is a 5-star book, but the title was sufficiently misleading that I gave it 3 stars.

For reference, books that I have found to be closer to what I was looking for include: Mini-Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre (Brett Markham); The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses (Eliot Coleman); The Garden Primer (Barbara Damrosch); and Culpepper's Color Herbal (David Potterton, Michael Stringer, and E.J. Shellard) - not because the medicinal info. is so great, but because the illustrations are helpful in identifying most of the wild edibles in cool climates (the Peterson Guide to Edible Wild Plants leaves out a great many wild edibles that flourish in my area).
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By alecia in Atlanta on March 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you are considering moving onto a few acres of land, this book is for you. It discusses all aspects of rural living from how to choose land based on your goals and expectations, to the requirements for specific farming endeavors. It also tells you where to find more information throughout the chapters. You will get a realistic picture of what a minifarm/hobby farm on small acreage looks like.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Morton on November 4, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Arrived promptly and in perfect condition. However, I must say I was misled by the title. I was hoping for a book on actually living on an acre. Instead it is a strange combination of lists converted into prose combined with a government manual. I got the overwhelming feeling, as is disclaimed into the introduction, that its goal is to prevent people from going 'country'.

Again, it reads like a government manual, giving lots of space to codes/legal stuff and glossing over things I would think more important to someone actually living on an acre. An example is that the entire topic of composting and recycling takes up half of one page.

In my own little opinion, the book "Encyclopedia of Country Living" is way more informative and useful.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.

I'll keep this book and shelve it among my other farming & homesteading books. I may not reach for it for my own use, but it's be in the stack I loan out to anyone thinking of going the small farm route.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?