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Product Details

  • Series: The Handbook Series
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616082658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082659
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Abigail R. Gehring is the editor of Back to Basics, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency, and author of Odd Jobs and Dangerous Jobs. She’s practiced living self-sufficiently since her childhood in Vermont, being home-schooled, home-canning jams and jellies, and enjoying natural crafts. She lives in New York City and Windham, Vermont.

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Abigail R. Gehring is the author or editor of several books on country living skills, cooking, and baking. She's practiced living simply since her childhood in Vermont, helping build a log cabin, home-canning jams and jellies, and enjoying natural crafts. She's also the author of "Odd Jobs," "Dangerous Jobs," and "The Simple Joys of Grandparenting."


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Very well written and detailed.
Lizz7099
It has very minimal info about a very large number of topics... it leaves out a lot of information on a lot of good topics too.
Nichole
Anyone interested in homesteading and sustainable living should read this book.
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108 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Peter A Rossi on March 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a gift, after having heard great things about it. After owning it for a few months, I've come to the conclusion that this is an excellent example of when not to buy a book based on online reviews alone. (ironic that I should be writing that in just such a review, isn't it?)

The summary is right there in my title, "Lots of information, TERRIBLE editing". there are typos on nearly half the pages, several captions are switched, the insets refer to pictures as being below when they're above and vice versa, and some images were clearly simply cut from websites and scaled out of proportion without any regard to their quality. (the entire alternative energy section springs to mind)

If you have any experience with canning whatsoever, then before you buy this book you should know that a disproportionate percentage of the book is devoted to canning your food. While some topics get a single page worth of text, canning alone apparently warrants forty seven.

If for some reason you already own this book and are reading this, please pay attention when reading the edible poisonous mushroom section. Although its caption is accurate, the VERY POISONOUS wild amanita mushroom is featured in a picture without its own heading.

And finally, a note to Ms. Gehring:

My apologies if the above comes off as harsh. It is readily apparent that a lot of work went into gathering the information contained in your book, but it's just as apparent that little to no work went into the editing process. I realize that things like typefaces are important. But text that relates accurately to the illustration, and illustrations that are legible are just as important, if not more so.
As this is the first printing, I hope my criticism can be considered constructive, and your next edition will be greatly improved.

Sincerely,
A Homesteader
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kenemore on May 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is totally practical, and also totally fun to read!

Whether you're just looking to save a little money during the Great Recession by growing and preserving some of your own food-- or racing to cultivate the survival skills that will keep you alive during the coming zombie apocalypse (me)-- this book will teach you how to grow and store food, avoid poisonous plants, and generally figure out how to live off the land. Awesome! Very few books can be said to be literally invaluable (as opposed to figuratively invaluable), but this one DEFINITELY is.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lizz7099 on May 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is chock full of information about several subjects. Most are what people want to learn and do more of now to help the Earth and keep our families healthy. Very well written and detailed. The softcover version is easy to handle and I think it has even more pictures than the hardcover. I'm reading the book for the third time now and am starting to incorporate what I've learned into our new garden and can't wait to do the same with livestock soon.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Knott on December 28, 2011
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I wouldn't consider this a homesteaders bible but it is informative, lots of different topics only a couple pages each and fun to read. Not sure why all of these books need to waste space in the fist third of the book talking about moving back to the land. That is covered in other books just on that topic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suefuninvt on August 19, 2011
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I really liked this book and found that it really organized a lot of great information about setting up your own homestead. I would recommend it to others considering taking on this kind of a lifestyle.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Schemanski on September 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Homesteading Handbook
Abigail R. Gehring

The Homesteading Handbook is your back to the basics guide for just about everything homesteading. It touches on a multitude of topics, giving a basic description and idea for each. If you want to get your feet wet on homesteading ideas and the vastness that can go with it from raising your own garden to generating your own electricity.. this book is perfect for you.

This book covers such a vast amount of topics that I was just amazed. It begins with gardening, testing your soil, the right place for a garden and in detail which vegetables work best together, which trees are best for your environment, and even flowers to add to your garden. Pest control, water irrigation, and composting add to the gardeners knowledge.
Canning and preserving foods naturally fits in nicely after the gardening topic. The homesteader needs to know pressure times, canning information, dehydrating, freezing information to get started and this book provides a wealth of information on this topic. It even includes recipes for the beginner to utilize.
Raising farm animals is another topic that the book covers, small sections on a majority of the major farm animals. If you are looking for a more detailed livestock guide you will want to get a book tailored to the animals you want to raise. This just covers some basic information.
A section on barns, sheds, chicken coops, bridges and how to build them is a nice addition to any homestead farm. It gives basic plans and ideas for building which can propel you to design on your own or find a more detailed book specific to the building you want to build.
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