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The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! Paperback – Feb 11 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (Feb. 11 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603421386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603421386
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."


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


“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."

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Homegrown Goodness for Table, Freezer, and Pantry

Your backyard homestead is a success! The vegetables and fruit are abundant and the fresh eggs are delicious, but they're more than your family can eat. Your pig is fattening up quickly; will you know how to fill out the cut sheet when it's time to call the butcher? A backyard bounty can be overwhelming.

Andrea Chesman's indispensable guide to gathering, processing, preserving, and eating the fruits of your backyard homestead ensures that nothing goes to waste. Her experience and clear instructions equip you with the skills to make the most of everything you harvest!

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I have a great interest in all-things that simplify life and helping save the environment. At one point I was very interested in changing to sustainable living (before a permanent medical issue destroyed that decision).
I bought this book and read through it. It has some great ideas and concepts. It would have been the perfect guideline if I had been able to live the way I would like.
If you are interested in helping yourself and the environment, this book is a good source of information.
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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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This is a great overview for someone just starting to think about sustainable living, but it's pretty basic. Anyone interested in any of the individual topics will definitely need more information than this book provides.
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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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This is a fantastic book! My husband purchased it as we recently moved onto a few acres and wish to become a bit more self sufficient. I highly enjoyed it and found it had a lot of great information on a variety of topics. It introduced me to a few things I haven't even considered doing before. It doesn't go into deep detail, but for us had just enough info to get us curious. Will be referencing this book in the future!
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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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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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