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The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! [Paperback]

Carleen Madigan
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Feb. 11 2009
Put your backyard to work! Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it's done. And when the harvest is in, you'll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor.

From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts.

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"Bottom line is, even if you're not ready for complete self-sufficiency, in today's economic climate, it just makes sense to try to produce some of your own food. And this book is a great way to get your feet wet."
(Epicurious.com)

"The tone is sweet and accessible, and the well-organized chapters cover all the bases…” — July 2009 (Bust)

“This book delivers what it aims to sell. Its 368 pages of information on creating a successful, self sufficient, backyard homestead that will keep you and your family busy and eating all year long. 4.5 out of five stars, this is the book homestead enthusiasts have been looking for. Go buy this book!”

The Backyard Homestead is a comprehensive and accessible guide to starting a vegetable garden, raising chickens and cows, canning food, making cheese, and a whole lot more.  Editor Carleen Madigan…a homesteader in her own right, draws on the dozens of books about country living that Storey has published since its founding in 1983.”



“Because you need to brace yourself for what’s on the horizon:  The Backyard Homestead.  This fascinating, friendly book is brimming with ideas, illustrations, and enthusiasm.  The garden plans are solid, the advice crisp; the diagrams, as on pruning and double digging, are models of decorum.  Halfway through, she puts the pedal to the metal, and whoosh!  At warp speed, we’re growing our own hops and making our own beer, planting our own wheat fields, keeping chickens (ho hum), ducks, geese, and turkeys (now we’re talking) and milking goats, butchering lamb, raising rabbits, and grinding sausage.  Oh, and tapping our maple trees, churning butter, and making our own cheese and yogurt.  Peacocks, anyone?  Need I say more?  Well, yes.  Stock up on some knitting books because next winter, you’ll want to grow your own sweaters, too."

About the Author

Before becoming an editor at Storey Publishing, Carleen Madigan was managing editor of Horticulture magazine and lived on an organic farm outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she learned the homesteading skills contained in The Backyard Homestead. She enjoys gardening, hiking, foraging, baking, spinning wool, and knitting.



Before becoming an editor at Storey, Carleen Madigan was managing editor of Horticulture magazine and lived on an organic farm outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she learned the homesteading skills contained in The Backyard Homestead. She enjoys gardening, hiking, foraging, baking, spinning wool, and knitting.



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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant Feb. 14 2011
By Trifle TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The amount of good information in this book was much appreciated.
The pages at the beginning showing how much you could grow on different sized lots was highly useful. Every chapter gave loads of information on every different topic for starting homesteading.
This book is NOT about end of the world senarios it is NOT about mother earth.
It is about growing your own vegetables, fruit, goats, chickens, and even honey.
It is a book about mini farming on a good sized city lot. Or more ambitious mini farming with pigs, cows and geese.
It will give you information on how to care for animals and for butchering and preserving them. Milking, cheese making, egg gathering, and housing animals.
It gives you enough information about all of the topics to either win you over to homesteading or convince you this is definitely not for you. Well, maybe a few tomato plants and a fruit tree or two or even three.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Literally, the best book on starting your own homestead/ mini-farm available on the market! Covers everything. If you are interested in something specific (such as bee- keeping or raising goats) this is a great basic/starter book, but I recommend also purchasing a more detailed book on your "main interest" if you are planning on doing something specific with your farm. This is a great 'all-around' book. :) LOVE it and highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I needed March 20 2014
By Rennie
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This book is worth a five stars because it's full of very useful information pertaining to it's title: "The Backyard Homestead". It's the perfect starter book for someone like me, who wants to have a small homestead, but has no idea how to do it (city dweller with no prior experience to any type of farming). Topics range from planting vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts, to raising chickens, bees, hogs - even goats and cows. I want to homestead immediately after cracking this book! I recommend this book to anyone aspiring to do the same thing, or something like it :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have! March 11 2014
By Jaeme
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Still dreaming till I buy enough land, but in the meantime, this wonderful book has everything from Beekeeping to Wine making. Just a great read all round.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expectations March 3 2013
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Title says it all, I'm really glad I bought this book, I have many books on homesteading and if I had to get the hell out of dodge, this is one of the books I'd bring along, including the raising animals one from the same serie
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