I have always been fascinated with the concept of living a self sufficient life. The idea that I could feed my family on what I grow in my garden or bake in my kitchen is appealing, although I seriously think we would all starve if that were the case! I am an avid gardener but my yields are terribly low. I love to bake but my homemade bread comes out so dense it is almost a lethal weapon if you chuck it at someone. Clearly, I need a little bit of help in my effort to become self reliant! That is where The Weekend Homesteader comes in! I recently received a copy of this book to review and am eager to start trying some of these ideas in the new year. If you are interested in learning more about self sufficiency, this book might be just what you need!
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Title: The Weekend Homesteader
Subtitle: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency
Format/Length: Paperback (368 pages)
Author: Anna Hess
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (November 13, 2012)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
The Weekend Homesteader is organized by month—so whether it’s January or June you’ll find exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.
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About the Author:
Anna Hess dreamed about moving back to the land ever since her parents dragged her off their family farm at the age of eight. She worked as a field biologist and nonprofit organizer before acquiring fifty-eight acres and a husband, then quit her job to homestead full time. She admits that real farm life involves a lot more hard work than her childhood memories entailed, but the reality is much more fulfilling and she loves pigging out on sun-warmed strawberries and experimenting with no-till gardening, mushroom propagation, and chicken pasturing. Visit her at www.WaldenEffect.org.
As I started glancing through this book at the types of information that the author included I was immediately thrilled to see that she did not expect me to have 40 acres to play with. My reality is that I live in the burbs on a quarter acre lot! Anything that tells me to put a cow in my backyard isn’t going to happen for me. I really love that Ms. Hess understands that even suburbanites want to learn how to be more self sufficient! To aid other suburbanites in their efforts, she discusses vertical gardening and moveable (yet attractive) chicken coops. I seriously wish I could have chickens in my neighborhood because she has a ton of information in here on keeping them!
I really appreciate the month by month layout of this book. It is a good way to motivate me one step at a time. I don’t have to do everything at once and giving me just one or two chores at a time is much more manageable. It also reminds me to plan ahead. In April it tells me to plan my summer garden, which I tend to forget to do and am struggling to find things at the garden center because they have already been picked over.
In addition to outdoor chores, you will find lots of information on canning and other food preservation methods, storing drinking water, planning your budget, and diversifying your income. The range of topics that Ms. Hess included in this book is very impressive. With the layout that she creates in The Weekend Homesteader, you will be learning a new skill every month!
For anyone wanting to become more self reliant, I think that The Weekend Homesteader is a very useful book. There are colorful pictures, handy planting guides, and a few recommended resources scattered throughout the book if you need more information on a particular topic or are looking for supplies to make your homesteading easier.
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.