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“When you start reading The Woodland Homestead, you’ll learn how to think about your woodland not only as an ecosystem but also as an ‘ecology of possibilities’.”
— from the foreword by Philip Ackerman-Leist

“A friendly and informative book about a subject that intimidates many folks new to homesteading. McLeod makes a walk in the woods a whole new world.”
— Jenna Woginrich, author of One-Woman Farm, Barnheart, and Chick Days

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A wooded property -- even just a small one -- is full of possibilities for sustainable use. Whether your goal is to grow food, harvest wood, or support livestock, forester and homesteader Brett McLeod has the knowledge, tools, and techniques you need to get the most out of your land. You'll learn how to take stock of the forest makeup, use different axes and saws, prune and coppice trees, grow fruit and berries, build living fences, and much more. Along the way, you'll read the stories of other homesteaders who, through innovation and resourcefulness, have realized their dreams of a bountiful woodland home.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (June 30, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161212349X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612123493
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received this book at the start of the weekend and had it finished within a few hours. It's a fast read and I was able to make it through 95% of the book within 3 "nap time" periods with ease. Overall I think it's a great book.

There was roughly 5-7% that I thumbed through as it didn't offer me much use at the moment, or interest for that matter. We are currently in the 'burbs' still adjusting to life in a new region of the country. Once established, we are looking to begin rural homesteading within the next 15-36 months. Because of this, while some sections will prove useful in time, right now, it's lost on me. Really, it was mostly chapter 2 that I didn't read in depth. A few paragraphs here and there, but that's it. In this chapter it talks about tools and techniques needed and used on a woodland homestead, building your home from scratch from cord wood, building your own tools, using portable saw mills, etc.

The remaining chapters gave me some much needed food for thought. Until reading this book, I have been unable to find sufficient resources that detail how to establish a homestead in the woods. Everything from raising animals, beekeeping, orchards, gardens, etc! I have been trying to find a location that offered enough woods yet enough cleared but has untainted soil and ground water from surrounding industry and ag. Finding this book gave me new things to consider and has opened my eyes to the possibility of "taking to the woods", successfully. In our new home region, woodland lots are available often and usually better priced than semi-cleared lots. If I hadn't read this book, I would continue to overlook the benefits of woodland homesteads.
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This is an easy and fast book to read even though the topics it covers are often complex. I have been a homesteader in Vermont for over 40 years and I still learned new things like how to figure the height of a tree so that I can decide if it will fall on my house or other objects before cutting it down. I wish I had had this a few times in the past! Great tips on splitting wood with nice explanations about different woods, their uses and characteristics. Great information on the care and use of tools including sharpening and safety. I will be giving this book to my nephew who has a small wood lot in the Berkshires. I do not eat or keep animals due to my plant based diet, but even without those chapters I found the book worth having for all its other uses. It is also nicely illustrated and environmentally sensitive. Read it even if you are not a homesteader or forester as it will make you more aware and able to live more simply without having to rely on the marketplace or on others.
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Well written and wonderfully illustrated. So many homesteading books have the same basic information- this book really feels really fresh and offers a new look at homesteading; it's full of great tips,homemade contraptions, and short case studies. It made me think differently about how I could use integrate our patch of woods on our small homestead to grow food and forage. Awesome read.
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The Woodland Homestead, How to Make Your Land More Productive and Live More Self-Sufficiently in the Woods, Brett McLeod
Genre: Outdoors & Nature, Self-Help
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I was brought up in a home where every bit of land was used, and if dad couldn’t grow it then we rarely ate it...we lived in a council house with a largish garden and he had 2/3 acre of allotments. We had goats for milk ( awful stuff! and the damn things are born to escape and eat what they shouldn’t), chickens for eggs and meat, rabbits to sell for meat ( always made me cry as it was my job to look after them and I named them all – I still can’t eat rabbit), turkeys reared for xmas, plus of course all home grown veg and fruit, the surplus of which was preserved for winter in bottles, jams, salted or frozen. I still love that idea of growing as much as possible. Now I’ve a home with four acres of land, much of which is woods and this book caught my eye.
 Sadly I’m disabled now and unable to put most of this into practice, but for anyone able bodied it’s a real gem, full of practical advice on managing woodlands, unusual and practical ways to use wood offcuts, how to build shelters from an open stock one to a full cabin. I love they way he tells us about what trees to use for which purpose, and how to plant around them, how to make “living” fences. I’ve always loved cut and laid hedges, those where the trees are cut partway through and bent horizontal allowing new shoots to grow up and form a strong, impenetrable barrier. There’s advice on fruit growing (I’ve lots of fruit trees and plants so that was useful), tree pruning and even foraging from what grows naturally.
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Thoughtful, well written. The author is knowledgeable and writes in detail on the topics and solutions he is familiar with. This is not a comprehensive book but it is a great introduction to concepts and applications. Worth the time and money to read it.
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