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Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Back to Basics Guides) Hardcover – November 1, 2009
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The author has information on buying food from CSAs, Co-ops,and farmers markets. How about more info on growing your own food. There's nothing on raising beef or pork.
In the section on dairy goats, she speaks about the breed La Mancha, yet the photo is NOT a LaMancha. The goat in the photo has ears, La Manchas don't have ears. Also although goats will eat some grass, they are poor grazers.
In the section of llamas there is a least one photo of alpacas.
In the sheep section, the author tells the reader to milk a sheep you must pull the sheep up to the fence so it can't get away, then she has you milking the animal from the front. What? I have all these animals, plus more.That's not even close to how milking is done.
I don't need a homesteading book to tell me how to hang wallpaper, or how to use Feng Shui to decorate my home.
The photos used for growing in a greenhouse are greenhouses that none of us can afford to buy. The same with the chapter on energy and the photos for solar panels and wind turbines.
Where's the info on building with recycled material?
This is a book for yuppies with lots of money who want to play "homestead."
This author does not know what she is writing about. There are many more worthwhile books out there.
I thought I'd catch a bargain and buy the Kindle book for a buck. I want my money back!
The Kindle version is poorly formatted. It has no index or TOC. Worse yet, there is a message every couple of pages that it was created with a demo/trial version of some epub software (doesn't that violate the EULA or something?).
Clearly, the Kindle version was just slapped together hoping nobody would complain with the low, low price. I guess you get what you pay for.
The next section covers the pantry, with information on choosing locally grown food, joining or starting a co-op, and a pretty extensive section on canning (including many recipes). There's a shorter section on drying and freezing, which includes a simple design for making a food dryer that hangs over a wood stove, plus a few pages on edible wild plants. This last section, while interesting and accompanied by photographs of each plant, isn't detailed enough, in my opinion. I don't feel the author stresses identifying safe and unsafe wild plants well enough.
The author also offers great information on making your own butter (in a jar), yogurt, ice cream (in a coffee can), beer, wine, and cheese. There are even basic instructions for making a cheese press for hard cheeses.Read more ›
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Enjoyed this book. Good reference for a beginner homesteaderPublished 6 months ago by Beth A. Gantt
A reprint of the old yellow book classic. The large book used to be a favorite of mine when I was a kid. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steve
Good book, my wife loved it. There is a lot of really good how too's and information on general homesteading techniques.Published 15 months ago by C. Campbell