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Best Homesteading Books You Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Homesteading books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself (2012)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadFrom craft culture to survivalists, preppers, homesteaders, urban farmers, and everyone in between there is a desire for a simpler way of life—a healthier, greener, more self-sustaining and holistic approach to modern life.    The knowledge you need to survive and thrive off the grid is at your fingertips in The Encyclopedia of Country Living, the best-selling resource for the homesteading movement. With its origins in the back-to-the-land effort of the late 1960s, Carla Emery’s landmark book has grown into a comprehensive guide to building your sustainable country escape haven, while lowering your carbon…
Author(s): Carla Emery

2. 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide (Creative Homeowner) Includes Fences, Coops, Sheds, Wind & Solar Power, Rooftop & Vertical Gardening (2013)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadLearn all about how to build sheds, feeders, fences, and other backyard structures to enhance your sustainable living! A companion volume to Backyard Homesteading, 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead provides details on how to build more than 40 projects to enhance your sustainable living. The projects in this book are designed with simplicity, convenience, and budget in mind. You will also find help on how to expand or contract the projects to suit your needs. With step-by-step instructions, tools and materials lists, exploded views, and…
Author(s): David Toht, Gardening

3. The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency (2012)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadThe 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.    You’ll learn about backyard chicken care, how to choose the best mushroom and berry species,…
Author(s): Anna Hess

4. The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! (2009)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadThis comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long….
Author(s): Carleen Madigan

5. How to Make Money Homesteading: So You Can Enjoy a Secure, Self-Sufficient Life (2014)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadCheck out for a great course on self-sufficient income! A lifestyle where your family shares lasting memories of living self-sufficiently instead of being slaves to digital devices and traffic jams. Whether you hope to move to the country or simply stay closer to the city, this book will show you: Featuring profiles of 18 homesteaders and farmers who share intimate stories of their own journeys toward a healthier, freer, more fulfilling lifestyle, this book provides actionable ideas that you can use to achieve your dream of self-sufficiency.From how others…
Author(s): Tim Young

6. Welcome to the Farm: How-to Wisdom from The Elliott Homestead (2017)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadA fresh, new guide to the backyard lifestyleThe homesteading movement is continuing to grow, as more people are stepping up to have a hand in where their food comes from. Whether you want to dabble or immerse yourself completely in the do-it-yourself, back-to-basics lifestyle, Welcome to the Farm is a comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to growing the very best food right in your own backyard. Shaye Elliott takes readers on a journey that teaches them how to harvest baskets full of organic produce, milk a dairy cow (and make butter), plant a homestead orchard, can jams and jellies, and even…
Author(s): Shaye Elliott

7. The Do It Yourself Homestead: Build your self-sufficient lifestyle one level at a time (2016)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadDo you lie awake at night, wondering how to make your family more self-sufficient in an uncertain world? Are you fearful and wondering how you are going to make it through to your homesteading dreams with your current finances? Are you wanting to feel more prepared for any eventuality so that you no longer experience fear when reading the newspaper? Are you wondering how to expand your homesteading efforts while still maintaining the rest of your life?Maybe you've considered homesteading, but you're stuck in an apartment, and don't even know where to begin.Master Gardener,…
Author(s): Tessa Zundel

8. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use (2012)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadCraft a soothing aloe lotion after an encounter with poison ivy, make a dandelion-burdock tincture to fix sluggish digestion, and brew up some lavender-lemon balm tea to ease a stressful day. In this introductory guide, Rosemary Gladstar shows you how easy it can be to make your own herbal remedies for life’s common ailments. Gladstar profiles 33 common healing plants and includes advice on growing, harvesting, preparing, and using herbs in healing tinctures, oils, and creams. Stock your medicine cabinet full of all-natural, low-cost herbal preparations….
Author(s): Rosemary Gladstar

9. Family Homesteading: The Ultimate Guide to Self-Sufficiency for the Whole Family (2018)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadIn an increasingly digital world, families are looking for ways to deepen their connection to one another and to the land. Family Homesteading is a guide to a simpler life, one that integrates children into the daily work of creating a sustainable homestead. From gardening and cooking, to herbalism and natural crafts, Family Homesteading shares stories and hands-on projects that will deepen relationships and build self-sufficiency skills. Teri Page, author of the popular Homestead Honey blog, moved with her husband across country with young children…
Author(s): Teri Page

10. Going Off the Grid: The How-To-Book of Simple Living and Happiness (2017)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadIs city life fencing you in? Break free of the daily grind with off-the-grid solutions for a simpler, stress-free tomorrow. Are you overworked and overcrowded? Do you dream of dropping off the radar? Do you crave the peace of mind that only nature can provide? Fitness and military intelligence expert Gary Collins has helped thousands of people roam free with firsthand advice shared on his popular website. And now he's here to help you reclaim your independence. Going Off the Grid: The How-To Book of Simple Living and Happiness contains step-by-step instructions for creating your self-sustaining refuge in…
Author(s): Gary Collins

11. Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency (Creative Homeowner) Learn How to Grow Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts & Berries, Raise Chickens, Goats, & Bees, and Make Beer, Wine, & Cider (2011)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadBackyard Homesteading will help you turn your yard—no matter how small it may be—into a productive area that provides homegrown food, including fruits, vegetables, honey, eggs, milk, and meat! Inside Backyard Homesteading, learn all about: GETTING STARTED RAISING VEGETABLES AND HERBS GROWING FRUITS, BERRIES, AND NUTS RAISING CHICKENS RAISING GOATS BEEKEEPING HARVEST HOME If you want to take control of the food you eat and the products you use, Backyard Homesteading will help you learn how to do it—even if you live in an urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot….
Author(s): David Toht, Gardening

12. The Homesteading Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Handbook Series) (2011)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadWith 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…
Author(s): Abigail Gehring

13. 5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead (2013)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadWritten in the same informative style as 5 Acres & A Dream The Blog, Leigh Tate shares how she and her husband Dan are facing the challenges of trying to establish a self-sufficient homestead: defining their dream, problems encountered during property hunting, evaluating the land, setting goals and priorities, identifying obstacles, dealing with difficult times, and learning how to work smarter, not harder. She shares what they’ve learned about energy, water, and food self-sufficiency for themselves and their critters too. Included are copies of their homestead master plan, how to…
Author(s): Leigh Tate

14. Homesteading the Plains: Toward a New History (2019)

Best Homesteading Books You Should ReadHomesteading the Plains offers a bold new look at the history of homesteading, overturning what for decades has been the orthodox scholarly view. The authors begin by noting the striking disparity between the public’s perception of homesteading as a cherished part of our national narrative and most scholars’ harshly negative and dismissive treatment.Homesteading the Plains reexamines old data and draws from newly available digitized records to reassess the current interpretation’s four principal tenets: Homesteading was a minor factor in farm formation, with most western farmers purchasing…
Author(s): Richard Edwards, Jacob K. Friefeld, et al.

Best Homesteading Books You Should Read

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Family homesteading: the ultimate guide to self-sufficiency for the whole family

Author(s): Page, Teri
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 19 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2350644

Prepping, Homesteading, Adventure, Survival, SHTF and Self-reliance Dictionary

Author(s): Lahiri, Chandan
Publisher: , Year: 2016, Size: 141 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2073576

Go North, Young Man: Modern Homesteading in Alaska

Author(s): Gordon Stoddard
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Year: 2016, Size: 13 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2221205

Homesteading Handbook: A Complete Homesteading Guide to Self Sufficiency and Sustainable Living: Homesteading for Beginners, Homesteading Guide, How to Homestead, Homesteading Skills

Author(s): Foreman, Richard
Publisher: , Year: 2015, Size: 624 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2072192

Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More

Author(s): Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2014, Size: 25 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1337109

Beginning: SHTF Prepping: The Ultimate Prepper's Guide To Water Storage, Food Storage, Canning, And Preserving (SHTF, Stockpile, Barter, Homesteading, ... Cookbooks, Economic Collapse,)

Author(s): Dr John Stone
Publisher: , Year: 2014, Size: 476 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2418632

How to grow mushrooms at home: guide to indoor mushroom farming for health and profit

Author(s): Randall Frank
Publisher: Homesteading Publishers, Year: 2013, Size: 1022 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1028230

Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions

Author(s): Oscar H. Will, Karen K. Will
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Year: 2013, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1103092

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely hot items according to USA Today, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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