Let’s talk learning about starting your own homestead. When we think about starting something new the very first thing I do is going to the library and check out all the books on that topic. Getting started with your homestead is just one of the topics we have checked books out on.
Getting Started with Your Homestead
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We were still living in a small village when we first started thinking about and reading about having our own homestead someday. Knowledge is never wasted, and planning is key for everything I do. I have to have a plan, know how something works, before I am make a decision.
Getting started with your homestead is a big deal. It requires a lot of thought, from how much land you need to make it happen (we have 1/2 an acre) to what you want to grow (everything we eat), and what animals you want to have.
Our plan was to get quail and some chickens. That was the limit on animals, but I ended up ordering 8 turkey as well because I like to live a little crazy and the thought of turkey on Thanksgiving got to me, and my stomach.
Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency – Learn how to turn a yard into a productive and wholesome “homestead” that allows you to grow your own fruits and vegetables and raise farm animals, including chickens and goats.
Welcome to the Farm -The 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.
The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals – This book covers everything you need to successfully raise your own farm animals, from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs, and meat. Even with just a small plot of land, you can become more self-sufficient, save money, and enjoy healthy, delicious animal products.
Starting a Homestead – Got the homesteading bug? Are you considering moving to a new location to take your homesteading to the next level? From climate to soil conditions, the options can be daunting. However, this book offers a guide on how to narrow your search by following an initial list of things to consider before you take the leap.
The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner – This sets the priorities for each area of the farm, including the barn, garden, orchard, field, pasture, and woodlot. For every critical turn of the year (12 in all), Hansen provides an at-a-glance to-do list along with tips and a more in-depth discussion of key topics for the season. Easy-reference charts, checklists, and record-keeping sections help you keep track of it all.
The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! – This 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.
The Suburban Micro-Farm – Would you like to grow healthy food for your table? Do you want to learn the secrets of farming even though you live in a neighborhood? It just might be possible!