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The Homesteading Handbook

Author : Abigail R. Gehring
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With the rapid depletion of our planet’s natural resources, we would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it’s just as important to save money as it is to go green. As Gehring shows in this thorough but concise guide, being kind to Mother Earth can also mean being kind to your bank account! It doesn’t matter where your homestead is located—farm, suburb, or even city. Wherever you live, The Homesteading Handbook can help you: • Plan, plant, and harvest your own organic home garden. • Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing. • Build alternate energy devices by hand, such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps. • Differentiate between an edible puffball mushroom and a poisonous amanita. • Prepare butternut squash soup using ingredients from your own garden. • Conserve water by making a rain barrel or installing an irrigation system. • Have fun and save cash by handcrafting items such as soap, potpourri, and paper. Experience the satisfaction that comes with self-sufficiency, as well as the assurance that you have done your part to help keep our planet green. The Homesteading Handbook is your roadmap to living in harmony with the land.

The Ultimate Homesteading Handbook

Author : Albert M Sandler
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Do you know how we look at food has changed over the past 10 - 15 years? For many people, cheap mass-produced fast food is not acceptable in their diets any longer! Most now understand more about the implications of how the food was produced, what it does to our body, and the ethics that have gone into the production of the food. For this reason, more and more of us are turning to growing our food (vegetables) and even having a go at rearing our animals for meat and food. So what can you do to join the growing number of people who are becoming self-sufficient and more educated in what we eat and how we produce our food?Growing your vegetables is pretty simple stuff, really; all you need is the correct tools of a spade, a fork and a hoe, and then land or backyard to grow your crops. It is that simple; many everyday crops such as potatoes, carrots, beans, and cabbage have been cultivated over hundreds of years and developed into crops that are usually pretty hardy and easy to grow. Certain things are important to ensure that you get a plentiful crop, such as a good fertilizer, good compost, and good pest control, all of which are easily sorted. Still, decisions have to be made at an early stage as to which way you would like to go, organic gardening, or conventional gardening.The trend at the moment is leaning towards organic gardening for the simple reason that you have gone to all of the efforts in deciding to grow your vegetable crops, so you might as well go the whole way and organically produce your crops. Organic gardening is not that much more difficult than conventional gardening, it only takes a little more research and time to carry out, but the rewards make it all worthwhile.Rearing your meat is a little bit trickier than growing your organic vegetables. Still, after the initial settling in period where you are learning the basics, it is relatively simple to have your little farm going that takes up very little time. The most popular animals to raise on a home farm are chickens and pigs, chickens, goats, etc. Animals like chicken, rabbits, and pigs take up less space and are a little easier to look after, and pigs need more space and take a bit more of your time up. The extra work needed to look after the pigs is more than rewarded by the amount of food that the pigs produce but depending on the space you have available, both animals are more than manageable.Chickens, rabbits, and pigs are fairly low maintenance, and the benefits of rearing these animals far outweigh the disadvantages and the effort put into keeping these animals for food. You will have the added advantage of being educated about humanely keeping the animals, which will help you and your family understand the true value of meat and food.In the book, "The Ultimate Homesteading Handbook," you will learn A Back to Basics Guide (for Beginners) to: -Rearing Your Own Livestock-Making your Homemade All-Purpose Spray with Essential Oils (DIY)-Making Your All-Round Homemade All-Purpose Spray!-Preserving Your Food (Canning, drying, etc.)-Growing Your Own Food (10 Easy Steps)-Growing Your Own Organic Vegetables-Starting your Herb Garden Plants-Drying Your Herbs (The Best Time to Dry Herbs) -And so much more!

Homesteading Handbook For Beginners and Amateurs

Author : Barbara Dawson
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Hоmеѕtеаdіng іѕ a ѕресtrum. Ultimately, thе brоаdеѕt definition іѕ that іt іѕ a lіfеѕtуlе wіth a commitment tо ѕеlf-ѕuffісіеnсу. This can encompass grоwіng аnd рrеѕеrvіng fооd; рrоvіdіng your own еlесtrісіtу wіth ѕоlаr, wіnd оr wаtеr; аnd еvеn mаkіng уоur оwn fabric аnd clothing. Some homesteaders aspire never tо uѕе mоnеу; thеу want to make оr bаrtеr fоr еvеrуthіng they need. Othеrѕ may take a mоrе mеаѕurеd approach, аnd although they аѕріrе tо provide аѕ muсh as thеу саn fоr thеmѕеlvеѕ, they mау be okay wіth uѕіng ѕоmе mоnеу and working fоr рау-еіthеr as аn end gоаl or durіng thе transition to hоmеѕtеаdіng. Urbаn аnd suburban hоmеѕtеаdіng іѕ a ѕubѕеt оf hоmеѕtеаdіng; реорlе who live іn thе city or ѕuburbѕ mау ѕtіll соnѕіdеr thеmѕеlvеѕ hоmеѕtеаdеrѕ, аnd trу tо provide for thеіr оwn nееdѕ wіthіn the соnfіnеѕ оf a small ѕuburbаn hоuѕе аnd уаrd or еvеn a tiny сіtу lоt. In thе Unіtеd Kingdom, "smallholding" іѕ a ѕіmіlаr tеrm thаt means thе same thіng аѕ hоmеѕtеаdіng-а gоаl оf ѕеlf-ѕuffісіеnсу, runnіng a ѕmаll, diversified farm thаt feeds thе people whо lіvе on іt. Hоmеѕtеаdеrѕ don't nесеѕѕаrіlу all ѕhаrе the ѕаmе values and reasons fоr hоmеѕtеаdіng аnd саn bе a dіvеrѕе bunсh. Sоmе mау bе retiring from a luсrаtіvе саrееr thаt allows thеm to have thе money to іnvеѕt іn thе infrastructure nееdеd tо fully support themselves оn thе land. Othеrѕ mау be соmіng tо hоmеѕtеаdіng wіth nоthіng, setting uр a scrappy ѕtrоnghоld tо provide fоr thеmѕеlvеѕ іn the fасе оf economic hardship. These twо ѕіtuаtіоnѕ соuld lооk vеrу dіffеrеnt, yet bоth people соnѕіdеr themselves hоmеѕtеаdеrѕ. As thе hоmеѕtеаdіng trеnd has really gаіnеd mоmеntum, mаnу tоwnѕhірѕ аnd сіtіеѕ аrе аllоwіng fоr thе kееріng оf backyard сhісkеnѕ. While you may only be allowed tо keep hеnѕ, thеу wіll provide a good numbеr оf eggs for уоur family, whеthеr thеrе іѕ a rооѕtеr present or not. In places whеrе a rооѕtеr іѕ реrmіttеd, еnсоurаgіng a broody hеn tо hаtсh her еggѕ, оr рurсhаѕіng an іnсubаtоr аnd hаtсhіng thеm уоurѕеlf, wіll аllоw fоr a ѕеlf-ѕuѕtаіnіng flосk, еxtrа roosters fоr thе pot, and a fеw ѕраrе eggs аnd сhісkѕ tо sell to соvеr the mоdеѕt fееd bіll fоr your bіrdѕ. Mаnу реорlе hаvе аn іnсоmе from thеіr homestead, be іt іn thе fоrm of selling excess рrоduсе, birds or lіvеѕtосk, оr perhaps ѕоmе form of сrаft or fооdѕtuff сrеаtеd frоm thе іtеmѕ оn thе fаrm.

Homesteading Handbook for Beginners

Author : Lisa H Gregory Ph D
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The vast majority of hungry and malnourished people live in developing countries under sub-standard living conditions and over half a billion of the global population suffer from chronic food insecurity. With the global population expected to reach over 9 billion by 2050, there will be a continuous need to increase food production and buffer stocks to meet the growing demand and efficiently cope with volatilities in food production and prices. It has been projected that global food production will need to increase by 70% in order to meet the average daily caloric requirement of the world's population in 2050. Moreover, the need for interventions are stressed as the resources available for food production - including land, water, labor and credit - are becoming scarce and costly. The drive for agricultural innovation is further convoluted by the growing issues of climate change and natural resource degradation. Multiple strategies are required to address issue of food production and food security. The choice of feasible approaches hinges on the existing social, political, and economic conditions and resources available to design and implement the intervention. Home gardens are a time-tested local strategy that are widely adopted and practiced in various circumstances by local communities with limited resources and institutional support. It is evident from the literature that home gardens are a part of the agriculture and food production systems in many developing countries and are widely used as a remedy to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in the face of a global food crisis.Globally, home gardens have been documented as an important supplemental source contributing to food and nutritional security and livelihoods. 'Food production on small plots adjacent to human settlements is the oldest and most enduring form of cultivation. For centuries, home gardens have been an integral component of family farming and local food systems. Home gardening is an ancient and widespread practice all over the world. In the literature, home gardens are classified as mixed, kitchen, backyard, compound, farmyard or homestead garden.

The Homesteader s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook

Author : Amy K. Fewell
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The Homesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook is the modern homesteader’s guide to raising, feeding, breeding, selling, and enjoying the noblest animal on the farm—the chicken. From the rooster’s crow in the morning, to the warm egg in the nesting box, chickens are the gateway livestock for almost every homesteader and backyard farm enthusiast. In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about raising chickens naturally. Fewell guides you in: understanding why chickens do what they do creating your very own poultry or egg business preventing and treating ailments with herbal remedies setting up your property, coop, and brooder hatching chicks purchasing chickens properly cooking delicious recipes with your farm fresh eggs and poultry. This is heritage chicken keeping skills 101, with a modern twist. Not only will you gain knowledge about naturally keeping chickens through every stage of their lives, but you’ll fully embrace the joy and ease of raising all-natural chickens on your homestead.

Homesteading

Author : Abigail Gehring
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The companion to the bestseller Back to Basics for country, urban, and suburban folks—now fully updated! Who doesn’t want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this large, fully illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. It’s written with country lovers in mind—even those who currently live in the city. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or even the wilderness, there is plenty you can do to improve your life from a green perspective. Got sunlight? Start container gardening. With a few plants, fresh tomato sauce is a real option with your own homegrown fresh tomatoes. Reduce electricity use by eating dinner by candlelight (using homemade candles, of course). Learn to use rainwater to augment water supplies. Make your own soap and hand lotion. Consider keeping chickens for the eggs. From what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning, this book offers information on anything a homesteader needs—and more.

The Homesteader s Handbook to Raising Small Livestock

Author : Jerome D. Belanger
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Assesses the problems, benefits, and work involved in raising rabbits, chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, hogs, geese, ducks, guinea fowl, and pigeons for home consumption

Homesteading 101 Handbook for Beginners

Author : Michael Benard
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The Beginner's Ultimate Guide to Homesteading Homesteading is a lifestyle that allows you to grow your own foods and rely on the provisions of nature. It is becoming a popular lifestyle for many people who are tired of dealing with the hustle and bustle of modern and fast-paced living. Homesteading can be a challenging for many people especially those who have never tried gardening or raising livestock. Nevertheless, it is a rewarding lifestyle not only because you know that you can harvest your own food but it is also friendly to both your health and environment. Starting a homestead can be very challenging and it requires a lot of work on your part. Thus, this book will serve as your guide to the wonderful world of homesteading and how you can be successful about it. With this book, you will learn about the following: Learn the basic skills that you need to become a homesteader. Chapter 1 discusses tips on gardening, food preservation and animal husbandry. This chapter can help you get started with matters related to growing and storing your own food so that you don't rely on store-bought produce and products. Chapter 2 discusses the different needs to have a successful homestead. These include water and energy sources. This chapter also discusses about the different communication options that you should have for your homestead. Lastly, Chapter 3 discusses about how you can create an action plan to start your homestead. The thing is that starting a homestead is easier said than done and you need the right motivation and planning to be able to pull this lifestyle through and become accustomed to it eventually. Getting started with homesteading can be challenging but with the proper guide, you will become a successful homesteader and start growing your own food. Eventually, you can also earn from your surplus and make extra money out of this lifestyle. Homesteading is the perfect lifestyle to address food security issues, global warming and economic instability.

Backyard Homesteading Beginners Guide

Author : Alex Paul M D
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Backyard Homestead series offers expert advice on what tasks to do around your farm and when to do them - no matter where on the planet you call home. Author ALEX PAUL M.D With the rapid depletion of our planet's natural resources, we would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it's just as important to save money as it is to go green.Plan, plant, and harvest your own organic home garden.Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing.Build alternate energy devices by hand, such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps.Differentiate between an edible puffball mushroom and a poisonous amanita.Prepare butternut squash soup using ingredients from your own garden.Conserve water by making a rain barrel or installing an irrigation system.Have fun and save cash by handcrafting items such as soap, potpourri, and paper.Experience the satisfaction that comes with self-sufficiency, as well as the assurance that you have done your part to help keep our planet green. The Homesteading Handbook is your roadmap to living in harmony with the land

The Country Living Handbook

Author : Abigail R. Gehring
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Packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, time-honored wisdom, and both illustrations and photographs, this compact guide has everything you need to dive into a more self-sufficient life. From canning and preserving to keeping chickens, fermenting vegetables to soap-making, Gehring covers all the basics in this easy-to-read, approachable collection. Topics covered include: Generating your own energy Herbal medicine Cheese-making Maple sugaring Farm mechanics Building a smokehouse Dyeing wool Composting Disaster Preparedness And more! Whether you own one hundred acres or rent a studio apartment in the city, this book has plenty of ideas to inspire you. Learn how to build a log cabin or how to craft handmade paper; find out how to install a solar panel on your roof or brew your own tea from dried herbs; Cure a ham, bake a loaf of bread, or brew your own beer. This book has something for everyone.

Alaska Homesteader s Handbook

Author : Tricia Brown
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"The Alaska Homesteader's Handbook is a remarkable compilation of practical information for living in one of the most impractical and inhospitable land-scapes in the United States."--Back cover.

The Homeschooling Handbook

Author : Lorilee Lippincott
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The mere thought of homeschooling can be overwhelming. What curriculum do I choose? What if we can’t afford all the books? How do I schedule our time? Will my children become socially awkward recluses? What if I screw up my kids’ education?! Lorilee Lippincott, a seasoned homeschooling mom, shows just how simple homeschooling can be. She and her husband taught their two kids in a one-bedroom apartment before picking up and moving the whole family to China. They’ve discovered that they don’t need rooms full of books, educational toys, and other teaching tools, nor do they need schedules packed full of extracurricular activities, field trips, and social events. Perhaps even more importantly, they don’t need to panic about making sure their kids turn out okay. It’s actually all pretty simple, she tells readers. But homeschooling well does require some planning and dedication, and a book like The Homeschooling Handbook to be your guide. Here you’ll find all your questions answered in Lippincott’s straightforward, warm, and witty style. Topics covered include: How to instill curiosity and a love of learning Types of homeschooling Your socialization fears assuaged How to create simple schedules and stick to them Tips for keeping costs down Teaching kids with disabilities The benefits of play time Legal requirements How to avoid burnout And much more! Full of anecdotes, interviews with other homeschooling families, and wisdom, this is a must-have for any family considering the homeschooling life.

The Ultimate Guide to Old Fashioned Country Skills

Author : Abigail R. Gehring
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Whether you’re a suburbanite looking to live more simply or a die-hard homesteader interested in taking your garden to the next level, this guide is packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, vintage photographs and illustrations, and time-honored wisdom—creating one of the most comprehensive books on country skills available. This book is compiled of tested and practical experience passed down from generations of farmers and homesteaders. Here readers can learn about: Creating a vegetable garden Canning and preserving Keeping poultry Soap making Natural medicine Bridge building Farm mechanics Crop rotation Cattle and dairying The basics of beekeeping Foraging for wild food Fertilizing, soils, drainage, and irrigation Building a barn And much, much more! Success comes to the person who works the most efficiently—not simply the person who works the hardest. Learn invaluable advice and tips for how to create a sustainable lifestyle and live off the land.

Ideas and Movements that Shaped America From the Bill of Rights to Occupy Wall Street 3 volumes

Author : Michael Green
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America was founded on bold ideas and beliefs. This book examines the ideas and movements that shaped our nation, presenting thorough, accessible entries with sources that improve readers' understanding of the American experience. • Contains more than 200 entries from expert contributors on a wide variety of American ideas and movements, each accompanied by a relevant original document and helpful cross references • Covers ideas and movements across a broad sweep of U.S. history that enable readers to see recurring themes as well as how American thought has evolved • Presents U.S. history through a unique lens that enables students to better comprehend "the mindset of the American people," as opposed to the traditional study of history as a series of important events and people on a fixed timeline

Urban homesteading handbook

Author : United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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The Back to Basics Handbook

Author : Abigail R. Gehring
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Includes hundreds of projects for sustainable living--such as dyeing wool, grafting trees, raising chickens, crafting furniture with hand tools, making preserves and cheese, building a log cabin and much more, in a book that also has tips for down-home fun, as well as 500 full-color illustrations. Original.

The Country Living Handbook

Author : Abigail R. Gehring
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Packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, time-honored wisdom, and both illustrations and photographs, this compact guide has everything you need to dive into a more self-sufficient life. From canning and preserving to keeping chickens, fermenting vegetables to soap-making, Gehring covers all the basics in this easy-to-read, approachable collection. Topics covered include: Generating your own energy Herbal medicine Cheese-making Maple sugaring Farm mechanics Building a smokehouse Dyeing wool Composting Disaster Preparedness And more! Whether you own one hundred acres or rent a studio apartment in the city, this book has plenty of ideas to inspire you. Learn how to build a log cabin or how to craft handmade paper; find out how to install a solar panel on your roof or brew your own tea from dried herbs; Cure a ham, bake a loaf of bread, or brew your own beer. This book has something for everyone.

Self Sufficiency

Author : Abigail R. Gehring
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A Complete Guide to Baking, Carpentry, Crafts, Organic Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More! The inspiring guide to back to basics living, now fully updated! Now, more than ever, people across the country are turning toward simpler, greener, and quieter ways of living—whether they’re urbanites or country folk. Following in the footsteps of Back to Basics and Homesteading, this large, fully-illustrated book provides the entire family with the information they need to make the shift toward self-sufficient living. Self-Sufficiency provides tips, advice, and detailed instructions on how to improve everyday life from an environmentally and organic perspective while keeping the focus on the family. Readers will learn how to plant a family garden and harvest the produce; can fruits and vegetables; bake bread and cookies; design interactive and engaging “green” projects; harness natural wind and solar energy to cook food and warm their homes; boil sap to make maple syrup; and build treehouses, furniture, and more. Also included are natural crafts readers can do with their kids, such as scrapbooking, making potato prints, dipping candles, and constructing seasonal decorations. Whether the goal is to live entirely off the grid or just to shrink their carbon footprints, families will find this book a thorough resource and a great inspiration.

A Guide to Multifamily Homesteading

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The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History

Author : Andrew C. Isenberg
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The field of environmental history emerged just decades ago but has established itself as one of the most innovative and important new approaches to history, one that bridges the human and natural world, the humanities and the sciences. With the current trend towards internationalizing history, environmental history is perhaps the quintessential approach to studying subjects outside the nation-state model, with pollution, global warming, and other issues affecting the earth not stopping at national borders. With 25 essays, this Handbook is global in scope and innovative in organization, looking at the field thematically through such categories as climate, disease, oceans, the body, energy, consumerism, and international relations.