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The City Homesteader: Self-Sufficiency on Any Square Footage Paperback – Bargain Price, April 26, 2011

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Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2011
A basic guide to greener living filled with easy-to-follow instructions that can be implemented in any size home.

Wall Street Journal, 5/7/11
“It’s a cheerfully designed guide... The technologies that the book touts are delightfully retro (nothing says low-tech like cheesecloth) and are rendered in appropriate folk-art scribbles. In its mix of breezy, cartoon-illustrated directions for activities that we, as a society, have generally forgotten how to do, it is a sort of "Dangerous Book for Boys" for grown-ups.”

PW (May)
“…concise and readable guide to getting the most green out of small spaces.”

The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), May 8, 2011 Sunday
“Meyer offers a return-to-the-land manifesto for the urban and suburban crowd.”

The Denver Post, 5/13/11
"Self-sufficiency beckons. Whether you've caught the urban-homesteading bug, support the local-foods movement or simply want some fresh ideas for doing more with less, Scott Meyer's new book, "The City Homesteader" can help. The author was on staff at Organic Gardening magazine for more than two decades and has compiled an easy-to-follow guide to everything from starting seeds to foraging in the wild."

BookPage, June 2011
“…sensible and simple instructions for a wide range of skills…. Author Scott Meyer…presents options for any level of experience and commitment.”

 

Midwest Book Review, June 2011
“For anyone who is looking to make their drain on the world a little less, “The City Homesteader” is an excellent read, well worth considering.”
 
Dallas Morning News
“a nice dose of can-do, with a feel-good kicker… Never preachy and always informational, the book also manages to be inspirational, in the way a good coffee klatch with a pal can be. Within a few dozen pages the reader is convinced it all makes good sense, no matter whether one lives in an apartment, tract house or yurt….Meyer’s voice, not unlike that of a favorite uncle, is witty, wise, never self-congratulatory and totally enabling. Want to keep a few backyard chickens? Here’s how. Start a garden, sure, here’s how to do it. The tips are generous, the how-to simple, the  encouragement genuine.”

 

About the Author

Scott Meyer is a former editor of Organic Gardening for Rodale, and a frequent writer of all varieties of do-it-yourself. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762440856
  • ASIN: B006CDDJCA
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,553,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 13, 2011
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`The City Homesteader's sub title is self-sufficiency on any square footage, which is a bit of an exaggeration for this book or any. There are many great ideas in here for any city dweller to grow some food, and become more `green' in many ways, but it would be pretty implausible to be self sufficient in the city, it's hard enough in the country. That is not to say that there aren't wonderful ideas and philosophies in this book...there are.

It is pointed out in the beginning that to grow any small amount of food gives you an appreciation for those that feed the majority of the population - a very true philosophy. Even if you have only a small bit of land or enough room on balconies for containers,or windows for window gardening composting kitchen waste is such a good idea in so many ways - just even a small amount in potted plants helps them and the amount of waste that is generated in a household. The directions for strawberry pots are some of the clearest and simplest I've run across. Much of the information in here is clear and simple. But that doesn't mean it's just for beginners.

Information included is that on; growing your own, getting food from the `wild'- like dandelions, saving the food for later - how to store it, ideas for working with animals, caring for your home. The appendix includes an A-Z growing guide, resources, a bibliography and an index.

The illustrations in the book are line drawings, there could have been more and at times the information seems very scattered around and through the book. This is a book that many could benefit from and really every household should be using at least some of it's thoughts.
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I bought this book after seeing an excerpt from it on the Mother Earth News website about how to grow potatoes in a pot. I am not seeking to become a "homesteader". The book gives a good overview of ideas and projects that families can implement to save money, which don't cost a lot of money to do. There is not a huge amount of detail in the book, but it is good to give ideas of what to do, then you can find further details if needed by searching the internet. I am a fairly new gardener and live in the southwestern USA, so it's very dry and hot here. I found some useful tips for helping me with container gardening and some other gardening ideas that I can implement. I like the light, conversational style in which it is written and the humor isn't overdone.
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This book is extremely educational and written in such easy-to-read yet instructional manner. There are so many things to try! This book is perfect for those living in suburban areas who always wanted to grow their own food, but was limited on space. The City Homesteader is all about solutions and creative homesteading for anyone with any amount of space.
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This is a good introduction to the concept of being self sufficient no matter where you live. It does not go into enough detail that you could go forth and conquer, but does give you enough to determine what areas you may want to get more information about.
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This book provided the information I expected, clear, concise, well written, using things generally readily available to do what is suggested in the book. It has some very helpful hints even for those of us who do have room to garden and have had gardens for a long time.
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I purchased this book for inspiration with my small city plot. I now have an excitement for the coming spring. Scott Meyer's chapters, tips and projects are helpful, clear and accessible to anyone looking to make their small city plot a more productive place for growing food and being a responsible steward of the Earth.
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I purchased this because it was easy to read and understand. I will use it for a quick reference or starting point for some of my own projects. This is a good book for opening the door to city homesteading and offering ideas for the more casual homesteader. If living in a yurt in the middle of a big city is more your thing, then maybe something more detailed would be in order. There are many great ideas and real time how-to's here for almost anyone to incorporate into their lives to enrich their city world.
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I cannot say anymore that what has already been posted about this book. It is truly a must-have for anyone considering homesteading, or even just wanting to grow a few veggies. It is well-written so a beginner wouldn't have difficulty understanding it.
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