Tag Archives: Homesteading

Gardening, Fruit & Nut trees, Chicken, Animals, and Preserving

Book Review: The Backyard Homestead

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

I recently purchased the book The Backyard Homestead by Carlene Madigan (ISBN-10 1603421386 / ISBN-13 978-1603421386).  I found it to be a great introduction on the various fruits, nuts, vegetables, animals, and other items that you can have yourself; even in your urban backyard.  This is a great book to keep around for getting ideas for next year’s garden, figuring out how to preserve your harvest, and even giving me some ideas on how to incorporate animals into your food sovereignty plan.

Also, if any friends, family members, or spouses are reluctant to explore producing their own food, this is a great book to leave laying around for them the possibly pickup.  Covering most topics that a backyard homesteader may want to research, this book does make things seem quite simple and accessible to most people.

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Equipment to help with Self Sufficiency

Knowledge, experience, and attitude are the most valuable assets you can have when it comes to being self sufficient.  However, owning some equipment or stocking up on some supplies can speed up the process and makes things a lot more enjoyable for you.

This list is a live document and I will make additions from time to time.

Here are some good lists of equipment, tools, and other supplies that I have found online:

Hand Tools and Homestead Gear

Basic Tool Kit

Intermediate Information on a Basic Tool Kit Part 1  /  Tool Kit Part 2

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