Homesteading From Scratch is a book I have halfway been through. I skimmed the other half- in areas that do not apply right now. It is definitely an excellent read and reads through nicely. There is some beautiful pictures, and the tips are outlined in brown boxes throughout the whole book.
The books topics are in separate sections, getting started, farming, dollars and sense, learning to love the fiber arts, home production and lifestyles.
Getting started goes from what is homesteading (defining it for you), self sufficiency and skills, and the importance of food.
Farming goes into how to farm, where to get land, animal husbandry and record keeping.
Dollars and Sense labels out business plan, financing and marketing.
Learning to love the fiber arts covers the importance of fiber, fiber animals, crafting with fiber.
Home production topics range from canning, dairy, fermentation, eggs and the basics of baking.
Lifestyles goes from children, community and marking time.
This book covers all topics, is a quick read and lays everything out nicely. I would recommend this for anyone, especially starting out. It covers all topics for homesteading and is chock full of information.
I have been researching and reading for over a year planning for our homestead-this is one of the books I started with. We are Weekend Homesteaders right now as in order to get a little more savings established, I am still working the 9 to 5.
Anna Hess did a great job with this book- it is not necessarily a do this on this month book. You can pick what tasks you can complete- and there are some great, quick projects.
She breaks down projects by the goal, cost, time, difficulty and if it is kid-friendly or not. We can get the whole family involved! There are pictures to walk you through the tasks also. There are 4 “projects” listed for each month- and plenty of good advice to go with it.
This is a great book for anyone starting out and great for the part timers like me right now!
For instance- there is a project on surveying your sites- yes something that may not cost anything but does take some time and is completely necessary. I knew planning was a good portion of homesteading- because without proper planning- you may run into some problems. No big deal on that- because that is how we learn- and you can’t fix a problem without encountering it. It talks about mapping your yard and mapping the sunlight. It talks about mapping your paths and then how to use the maps. It is great information- and did bring up some things I never would have thought of.
Topics in the book range from- planting, gardening, seed saving, planning, composting, freezing and drying food, rain barrels, chicken coops, budgets, essential tools, stocking up, setting goals, and more! I suggest you check it out!
I did not get paid to write this review- I just wanted to share my findings with others because I love expanding my mind and love reading.
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