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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.”
“…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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had very little information in it in general. It actually could have been condensed into a magazine. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tye Thompson
Great basic overview of various aspects of urban or suburban homesteading. Included several areas I was not familiar with, even with decent research into this topic. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeremy A hofer