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1.0 out of 5 stars done bother, January 13, 2010
This review is from: 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)
If you are looking for real information on homesteading, this is NOT the book. At best the information is very general and almost worthless.

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.
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Initial post: Feb 24, 2010, 4:01:11 AM PST
"This author does not know what she is writing about. There are many more worthwhile books out there".

Could you please list a few books you find more beneficial?

Thanks!

Posted on Mar 3, 2010, 9:30:12 AM PST
Also, in the section on hatching and raising chickens, there's a strange photo of a chicken sitting next to a group of baby ducks. Did the author think they were chickens? Or was it supposed to demonstrate inter-species companionship or something? There's no caption on the photo, and no discussion in the text of chickens raising baby ducks, so it's more likely that the author just doesn't know what a baby chicken looks like.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2010, 11:03:03 AM PST
I would recommend Country Wisdom & Know-How or Storey's Basic Country Skills. Both are much more practical and comprehensive, although they don't have as many pretty pictures as this book (I just took a closer loo, and I think most pages have more photos than actual text. That tells you a lot about the book: it values aesthetics over information).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2010, 8:22:19 AM PDT
B. Murray says:
This book IS valuable in creating interest in the subjects. There are a lot of arm chair homesteaders out there who just need the right nudge to get going. That said, an overview does not an expert make in anything....

Posted on Jul 18, 2010, 7:12:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 18, 2010, 7:14:59 PM PDT
Common Sense says:
"The photos used for growing in a greenhouse are greenhouses that none of us can afford to buy." This is a very personal opinion and not relevant at all to the quality of the book. Just as I could judge Earthmother as a whole by the fact she misspelled "Don't" in the title of her review. (done bother...???)
Not to mention this book gives instructions on building your own greenhouse, or you could simply buy a cheaper one. Sometimes the photos used are the only photos available and shouldn't be thought of as the only option to buy.

Posted on Mar 2, 2011, 3:03:37 PM PST
MZD says:
ok well, so what are these other worthwhile books that are out there? i also am interested in DIY, and recycled material...any suggestions?

Posted on Jul 31, 2011, 7:40:05 AM PDT
A. Hoxie says:
Love this comment in your review, spot on! "This is a book for yuppies with lots of money who want to play "homestead." "

Posted on Aug 24, 2012, 10:49:55 AM PDT
You might want to try Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th Edition that was all the rage before the Y2K 'crisis', but it was written by a woman that has actually done most of what she was writing about. Haven't a clue about what the updated editions cover as my copy is over 12 years old now.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012, 3:12:50 PM PDT
Susan says:
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Posted on Feb 14, 2013, 8:58:49 AM PST
Although I am glad this review was written because it helped me to make a decision, I don't feel the scathing attitude was necessary. Even yuppies with lots of money have to start somewhere & at least people are trying. That being said, for those of us who have been living a more self sufficient lifestyle, it is nice to have the reccomendations from other reviewers. Thanks to you guys!
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