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Sort order. Jun 02, Shari Henry rated it it was ok. I almost shut this book immediately after reading this in the Introduction: "To folks over the age of 50, I usually describe homesteading this way: "Remember the back-to-the-land movement of the 60s and 70s? Homesteading is the same thing. Coz those of us over 50 don't know what homesteading is. And please, check your history, Ms. Hess, because those of us who came of age in the late 70s totally missed out on the drugs and free love stuff a I almost shut this book immediately after reading this in the Introduction: "To folks over the age of 50, I usually describe homesteading this way: "Remember the back-to-the-land movement of the 60s and 70s?
Hess, because those of us who came of age in the late 70s totally missed out on the drugs and free love stuff anyway. I plugged on. Despite the author's loss of credibility with me to this point, it looked like the book covered a lot of ground.
As we recently celebrated our anniversary and wanted to enjoy a special meal prepared at home with love, we decided to smoke a brisket for the enjoyment of no one else but ourselves. Enjoy the tastiest wild mushroom I know! I would like to learn more about food preservation. Heat for the Homestead A reliable, sustainable heat source is a concern of all homesteaders. A No-nonsense Guide to Growing your own Vegetables. Do I have the skills and outreach in order to meet sales goals? Growing from birch trees in northern climates, and only for harvest during the bitter cold of winter, chaga is difficult to come by.
Excuse the pun. Indeed, she did. There is a lot of information in this book. But it's wrapped in a lot of text and is harder to follow than other similar works. For example, instead of printing an easy-to-read tomato canning recipe, I was subjected to eight pages of narrative mixed with photos of a woman who appeared to be over 50, by the way, explaining how to can tomatoes.
The recipe was in there somewhere. I think. Also, the credibility question came up again when the author offers advice on buying in bulk and says that she's read that "you might be able to buy bulk food very cheaply from Latter-day Saints" but she's not sure if you can or not if you aren't a church member.
It has a lot of information to offer, but it is too full of the kind of distractions and leaves the kinds of questions one might expect from a down-home newsletter or novice blogger. View 2 comments. Mar 06, Nicole rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , environment , gardening. I found this to be an excellent and thought provoking book even though I'm deeply unlikely to make practical use of any of the interesting advice.
I am an urban dweller with a small amount of space to work with and an HOA that bans everything from garden sheds and dog houses to clothes lines. My gardening is mostly of the container variety and even if I could sneak a chicken coop or bee hive past my HOA my houseful of rescued PET rabbits is evidence enough that yes, I would be that person runnin I found this to be an excellent and thought provoking book even though I'm deeply unlikely to make practical use of any of the interesting advice.
My gardening is mostly of the container variety and even if I could sneak a chicken coop or bee hive past my HOA my houseful of rescued PET rabbits is evidence enough that yes, I would be that person running a retirement home for old hens. Still, this book pleasantly combines the author's personal journey into homesteading with practical projects that I can appreciate and enjoy learning about, such as seeding mushroom logs, even when those projects exceed my bandwidth.
And hey, I'm inspired to finally put in those rain barrels I've wanted for the last decade! More than anything else I appreciated the thoughtful exercises on being present in your world, knowing yourself don't grow lettuce if what you really love are beets, even if beets are "harder" and making decisions from that place.
That's good advice no matter how small or urban your homestead! View 1 comment. Mar 04, Shaun rated it really liked it Shelves: adult-non-fiction. Most homesteader books make me feel overwhelmed and frustrated. This one is nice because is goes by month, throughout the year with tasks, rated by difficulty. Some are easy, some hard but I feel I'm able to pick a choose, make mistakes and chug along as I please. For example, a garden has always seemed so overwhelming and too much work, however Anna gives you an easy no fuss way to convert a simple strip into a garden YOU can manage.
Really enjoyed this book. Great tone, and the projects were nearly all things I am either trying to do, or at least thinking about doing. Her section on growing mushrooms made me realize I absolutely need to add that one to the list! I'm not going to rate my own book, but I just got my hands on a real, physical copy, and I'm very impressed by how beautifully the layout turned out!
I hope the rest of you enjoy it as much as I do. Jul 07, Mendocino County Library marked it as to-read Shelves: adult-nonfiction. If you want to learn to be more self-sufficient, this would be a great guide. May 12, Heather rated it liked it. Projects are broken down into for the most part weekend-sized plans. In addition, the book feels more geared towards someone in the city or suburbs rather than someone living in the country. Not all project ideas will work in every area which is true of most books as most authors will write about what they know. This book focuses on more mellow climates that experience mild winters with regular rainfall.
The little quick hoops would be blown away by our windstorms and crushed by snowstorms in areas a little further north. It has a lot of great ideas. You just may need to ignore the months and go by what works in your area instead. Mar 16, Rachel Cunning rated it really liked it.
I picked up this book from the local library looking for some helpful tips that I could implement in my own suburban homestead. I certainly did pick up some useful tips, and I implemented a few of the techniques she used, particularly the kill mulch. She breaks down the possible tasks on a month by month basis, so it can be a useful book to have on your shelf for a longer duration than a library loan. For me, the book's content ranged from "yeah, done this a gazillion times" to "wow, that sounds I picked up this book from the local library looking for some helpful tips that I could implement in my own suburban homestead.
At the same time, I must confess, I still find the idea of testing my soil's acidity level entirely more unnerving than I'd like to admit even if I think I could manage it following her instructions. The book is clear and concise, and I enjoyed her tone and writing style. Most homesteading books will gather the complaint that they aren't detailed enough due to the number of concepts they try to tackle. While that usually is true, most homesteading books are equally guilty here.
The Weekend Homesteader breaks things up into very small sections and seems much less focused then other homesteading books. This book seems to cover more topics and in less detail. Additionally, while some of the material in other books seems not too useful to me animal husbandry and soa Most homesteading books will gather the complaint that they aren't detailed enough due to the number of concepts they try to tackle. This book sometimes includes topics so basic like making soup that makes me question who the audience is for.
I would assume most people will know how to make soup before they make the leap to self-sufficiency. May 08, Shannon rated it liked it. I enjoyed the format and found lots of good information for a beginner homesteader. Honestly, the ebook format isn't great that's not the author's fault, of course!
Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Anna Hess dreamed about moving back to the land ever Weekend Homesteader: April - Kindle edition by Anna Hess. Weekend Homesteader: August - Kindle edition by Anna Hess. Download it 1. Weekend Homesteader: April Weekend Homesteader: JuneKindle Edition.
There's a good deal here that I already knew, being someone who devours books on homesteading and dreams of moving from my. However, there were the occasional new parts - vermicomposting! I don't think I'd buy this one, as I have homesteading books in my personal collection that I enjoy tremendously, but if I didn't have those books I'd probably add this one to my shelves.
Jun 04, Nicole-Rose rated it liked it Shelves: gardening , homesteading. Recommended for: men and women that are interested in making their livelihood from home. Remarks: despite the title, this book is not for people with full-time jobs that are interested in making their families slightly more self-sufficient.
This book involves full-blown husbandry from growing fields of vegetables to raising livestock things you can't do merely on your weekends off. On the other hand, I would recommend this book for stay-at-home moms and families that need a secondary income but Recommended for: men and women that are interested in making their livelihood from home.
On the other hand, I would recommend this book for stay-at-home moms and families that need a secondary income but want to stay home with their children. Great book for beginners Having researched the subject extensively and begun to wet my feet with homesteading endeavors, I can honestly say this is one of the best newbie guides I've read.
If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.
The second edition has been revised and expanded to match the paperback, with extra photos and feedback from weekend homesteaders just like you, plus permaculture-related avenues for the more advanced homesteader to explore. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist.
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