Book Review: The Nourishing Homestead by Ben & Penny Hewitt

The Nourishing Homestead by Ben and Penny Hewitt   Overview: The Nourishing Homestead is one of the best homesteading books I’ve read in a long time. Ben and Penny not only provide a smooth and story-like reading experience, but they avidly share their mistakes and successes. They provide a plethora of invigorating and frugal ideas for…

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin—Book Review

Hello Everyone! Well I finished reading You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise by Joel Salatin. I’ve got some mixed reviews for it, so let’s get to it! Overview: Well this is Joel’s “go to it” book from 1998. Joel urges all people, especially young people, to get into…

New Page! Homestead Book List

Hey Everyone! Just a quick announcement! I have created a new page (you’ll see it in the tabs above) called “Homestead Book List”. This will be a complete list of all the homesteading books I have read and reviewed here on the site for your reference! If you want to find out what I’m reading,…

One Straw Revolution by Mansanobu Fukuoka — Book Review

Hello Everyone, I just finished reading The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Mansanobu Fukuoka. It was an awesome book! I really liked it, but I have some issues with it as well, which we will discuss. Overview: The one-straw revolution is the teachings of Mansanobu Fukuoka (foo-koo-oh-ka). As a young man he was…

Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin — Book Review

Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin Overview: Joel’s book is a grumpy, in depth look at the problems with the American Food System, the USDA, FDA, FSIS and food police. Every chapter faces a single problem, which is broken down, solved and then…

10 Non-fiction Books for Homesteaders: Winter Reading (Amazon Version)

Hey Everyone, Well, I’m introducing some new things to my blog, one of those things is working with Amazon’s Affiliate Program to help monetize my blog. Now, before you worry, this doesn’t mean I will be sending you products constantly or anything like that, especially not products I dislike. Basically this program is me getting…

10 Non-fiction Books for Homesteaders: Winter Reading

Hello Everyone! Well, it’s happening here in the northern hemisphere….winter is coming on. I don’t know about you, but I’m almost not ready for it. The cold really caught me off guard this year. We’ve been living all summer without air conditioning, so we have conditioned ourselves to be able to handle 85F without sweating…

“Farming the Woods” by Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel

Hey Everyone! Go to your local library now (or click the image to go to Amazon) and do yourself a favor, BUY THIS BOOK. I’m only into chapter 3 and I can’t put it down. This is by far the best book I have ever read about forest farming and agroforestry. I’m really enjoying it…

Book Review: The New American Homestead by John H. Tullock

  The New American Homestead: Sustainable, Self-Sufficient Living in the Country or in the City by John H. Tullock. Overview: This is a comprehensive guide to homesteading for anyone. With chapters ranging from gardening, plant specific information, food from animals and kitchen recipes, it covers a lot of information. The book is written in easily…

Book Review: Possum Living by Dolly Freed

Sorry for the book reviews so close together. I decided to throw my back out yesterday….I don’t even know how it happened. So my picture-taking abilities are limited (I’m stuck on the couch….) Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money (Revised Edition) by Dolly Freed Summary: Dolly Freed, at…

Book Review: Barnheart by Jenna Woginrich

Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One’s Own by Jenna Woginrich This book comes with it’s own blog! Cold Antler Farm Blog Summary: This book chronicles the adventures of Jenna Woginrich (the author) as she moves from her rented farm in Idaho, to a new life in Vermont. There she rents out a seemingly…

Book Review: Made From Scratch by Jenna Woginrich

Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich Summary: This isn’t as much of a cohesive story as it is a series of short stories with helpful hints afterward. The chapters include such things as gardening, cooking, and some of the authors more quirky ideas like collecting functional antiques and dog-sledding….