- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Lyons Press; Second Edition edition (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599218852
- ISBN-13: 978-1599218854
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living on an Acre: A Practical Guide To The Self-Reliant Life Second Edition Edition
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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).
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.
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.