The expanded, updated version of the best selling classic, with a dozen new projects A delightfully readable and very useful guide to front and back yard vegetable gardening, food foraging, food preserving, chicken keeping, and other useful skills for anyone interested in taking a active role in growing and preparing the food they eat BoingBoing e contempThe expanded, updated version of the best selling classic, with a dozen new projects A delightfully readable and very useful guide to front and back yard vegetable gardening, food foraging, food preserving, chicken keeping, and other useful skills for anyone interested in taking a active role in growing and preparing the food they eat BoingBoing e contemporary bible on the subject The New York TimesThis celebrated, essential handbook shows how to grow and preserve your own food, clean your house without toxins, raise chickens, gain energy independence, and Step by step projects, tips, and anecdotes will help get you started homesteading immediately The Urban Homestead is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you to the best books and Internet resources on self sufficiency topics.Written by city dwellers for city dwellers, this copiously illustrated, two color instruction book proposes a paradigm shift that will improve our lives, our community, and our planet By growing our own food and harnessing natural energy, we are planting seeds for the future of our cities.Learn how to Grow food on a patio or balconyPreserve or ferment food and make yogurt and cheeseCompost with wormsKeep city chickensDivert your grey water to your gardenClean your house without toxinsGuerilla garden in public spacesCreate the modern homestead of your dreams
The Urban Homestead Expanded Revised Edition Your Guide to Self Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City The expanded updated version of the best selling classic with a dozen new projects A delightfully readable and very useful guide to front and back yard vegetable gardening food foraging food prese
I have to say that I was initially very skeptical of this book as I perused the table of contents I was nearly convinced that this was just another book for yuppies with yards YWYs As I live in a tiny 200 sq ft at best studio apartment with no land space, no balcony, and only north facing windows, I was certain this book wouldn t have anything useful for me in it.However, it does have some really great projects and ideas, from growing food to composting, that can be accomplished even by those of [...]
The book radically changed they way I see green spaces in New York, and I have become shocked that so many people have small green spaces and grow no food For that alone, I consider the book valuable in spite of its flaws I gave this book four stars, and I ve been talking it up to a lot of people, but honestly I m still a bit concerned This book has many grammatical errors And I know that Process is a really small press, and some of the errors might be typesetting you get what you pay for but it [...]
I wrote this review for the Feminist Review blog, where it appeared on March 5, 2009.Subtitled Your Guide to Self Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City, this volume in the Process Self Reliance Series bills itself as a project and resource book, complete with step by step illustrations and instructions to get you started homesteading right now It really delivers, both to absolute beginners and to folks who have already ventured into the world of urban homesteading.The authors start with gro [...]
Finally, a book about the crisis of our world that doesn t make you feel shitty and hopeless This book is not the be all end all on any one subject, and it cannot save the world Rather, it is an organized way of thinking about your urban home as a site to support and sustain your family, rather than a place to sleep keep the things you buy This book has answers to problems This book is chock full of solutions From keeping livestock to gardening to generating your own power and baking your own br [...]
I really enjoyed this little book, despite the huge number of typos even for an independent press, it was a bit extreme Great information to get you started gardening vegetables on your patio or in your yard, keeping a few animals, making your own bread, yogurt, and beer, and even dumpster diving ahem, urban foraging So many fun projects The authors can do attitude and eagerness really come through.However, be aware that many of the suggestions for graywater systems and the like are definitely N [...]
I have been reading a few books in this genre recently Food Not Lawns, The Backyard Homestead and this is my favourite so far The style is accessible but intelligent, and the book covers a wide range of topic from growing food to cleaning I was also pleased by the lack of doom mongering and the emphasis on community rather than heading to the hills to save yourself in the upcoming apocalypse that some books not the above mentioned seem to lean towards.However what I liked best about it was that [...]
I think that this is one of the best and most comprehensive guides to urban homesteading sustainability that I have read to date The format of this book is great with entertaining sidebars that tell of the experiences of other urban homesteaders with lots of projects and great instructions and graphics I learned a lot about innovative gardening methods especially designed with the urban gardener in mind This book covers A LOT and still remained entertaining and insightful A few things that they [...]
I dug this one I came to this book looking for a couple of easier things I could add to my list of hippie crap I already do I garden, I have eliminated most chemicals from my cleaning, I compost and it was exactly what I wanted It gave me a few ideas for projects that are relatively simple to implement, and also gave me a few ideas that I can add to my maybe someday list I also liked the general tone of this book, it s laid back and the authors seem to actually understand that many people are li [...]
A lovely book There s nothing much new for the die hard old hippie, but it s ALL in here This is a book a person would like to have on her shelf come the revolution Or the end of the world as we know it.Organized in an easy to use fashion, written in a breezy but serious style and full of very high quality information Lots of additional suggested reading, lots of small but useful tips.This one s on my wish list for the permanent collection I ll shelve it right next to my Mother Earth News Almana [...]
I really enjoyed reading about how some people keep goats in the city, among other things This book is actually a seriously good reference having read the chapter about fruit trees, I finally understand the principles behind pruning, and why you might prune differently for a city garden fruit tree than a commercial production orchard tree This book gives a really nice mix of why with the what, and uses metaphor and nice descriptive writing to help you understand how to do new things This is a mu [...]
A lot of the non fiction that I read, in terms of books on cooking food preservation gardening self sufficiency, etc are really heavy handed with the this is why you should do this backstory philosophy stuff before they get into how to actually do it What I really liked about this book was its uber practical tone very straightforward I also really got the sense from this book that the authors are way interested in encouraging people to try new things, and do the best they can, than they are in [...]
This is book is rad I want to buy it though I got it at the library, and now I want it as a resource for the homestead It makes me want to plant stuff, and move so I can have chickens I keep reading about the fascinating world of chickens, providing their own kind of chicken t v and I am most intrigued I am REALLY enjoying the cleaning section of this book I made my own soft scrub from their recipe and I ll never go back Delightful Mine smelled like peppermint As promised, it made me want to fin [...]
oh how i hate myself for liking this book, really i feel dirty ashamed and embarrassed, i am NOT a hipster well at least i dont try to be anyway enough embarassing myself, part of what i like beyond the crazy nasty things they tell you to do like poop in a bucket and then use it a year later for fertilizer they drop all these casual zombie references, crazy sweet good info embarassed
TUH is filled with endless possibilities and basic down to Earth reconnections to get anyone interested in the applications of Urban Homesteading a go Not revolutionary nor new, but wisely refocusing and offering up ideas and information that anyone can apply with even the most basic of backyards.Check out Kelly Erik s daily weekly progress blog of the Urban Revolution homegrownevoltuion Happy Planting Harvesting Eating
Great book Useful information Makes me proud to live in a small, efficient house I think its a matter of time before we have chickens and bee hives I m taking Earth Mama to the next level
This is a fantastically curated book of projects that will catapult budding homesteaders into action Each section is concise and well explained to empower you to jump in with both feet Anyone from beginners to advanced homesteaders will find a fun and useful project to take their homesteads to the next level.
Pretty good for newbies getting into homesteading I wish they had gotten into container farming and dumpster diving, as they mention it a bit in their book but don t go too into it Lot s of book recommendations in here for further research.
This has a lot of helpful information given in a fun way.
Lots of good stuff here, for the newbie or the experienced.
several levels of practicality to meet a range of needs, and written in a highly accessible manner.
Finally an urban gardening book that is actually relevant to apartment dwellers with very little or no yard This book is great, though I only read the sections on gardening and rainwater harvesting in depth skipped the stuff on livestock foraging, skimmed the stuff on food preservation and energy In some ways, every small space garden book is a repeat once you ve taken a permaculture design course been immersed in urban ag for a while, but the glut of information and choices on homesteading can [...]
Ok, because this book does offer some useful information, I m giving two stars But the language, the tone, and the overall er weirdness of this book was so off putting that I can t recommend it to anyone I was first a little freaked out by a blurb about compost reminding the compost maker of her eventual demise every time she saw her pile of rotting vegetation Um Okay For me, a compost pile can just be a compost pile Secondly, I was somewhat enjoying the section on raising chickens until I was i [...]
Pg 253 Oh dear, composting toilet They suggest a saw dust 5er How about hair instead of saw dust The other books in this series look intersting.Pg 309 Authors have a blog homegrownevolutionPg 308 Other books How to Live Well Without owning a Car 2006 The Art of Urban Living 2004.Pg 14 The authors are married but must use different surnames.Pg 28 Starting a community garden.Pg 115 The skill of urban foraging is good to have when the market and garden let you down Pg 123 A web site for fallen frui [...]
This is my new favorite urban self sufficiency book It s practical, honest, hands on, and very very funny My husband got to it before I did, and here s what he had to say This is a goddamned good book It s got a lot of knowledge, a lot of overviews, but it still has a lot of how to They keep a sense of humor They know what they re talking about because they ve done it For anybody anywhere, country or city unless maybe you re in a basement apartment with no windows , it s recommended Without prea [...]
I really want to try to make stuff myself this year, so I had to read up on everything DIY, didn t I And when it comes to growing your own food, it seems you can t avoid this book, so I gave it a try.In the beginning, I was a bit skeptical if this is the right book for me, because there are many chapters that just don t apply to me like keeping chicken, for example After reading the first few chapters on growing your own vegetables and fruit, though, I was completely hooked.The content itself is [...]
A while back, a friend of mine was telling me about her dream of developing an urban homestead communal living block Just a few days after that, I stumbled across this book at the library, so of course, I had to check it out.Overall, I enjoyed the book it has lots of good tips on how to set up and manage an urban homestead, but so many of the chapters seem irrelevant or out of reach for the average apartment dweller, especially ones with roommates I know, they say that anyone can do their strate [...]
I picked up this one as a hardcopy book when I was at a nearby store selling a bunch of my older books It is chock full of useful information, the kind of stuff that was a mainstay in our grandmothers lives but isn t as common knowledge today The concept of the urban homsteader is intriguing and I really like how the authors have taken the concepts and shown how to adjust them for life in the city Most of this book is a mix of philosophy the why and general directions info the how , with a few s [...]
All the recent books on modern homesteading, traditional skill preservation, raising food, etc have their own spin, and like the techniques they outline, they re a very YMMV business This book, and its follow up Making It Radical Home Ec for a Post Consumer World, are really working for me The authors are very clear on the YMMV aspect and stress flexibility in their suggestions, encouraging readers to tackle whichever parts of the whole seem appealing and feasible They offer a lot of practical p [...]
This book opened my eyes to the possibilities inherent in my yard and my kitchen, the vegetables, fruits and nuts I could grow, the chickens I could have, the cheese I could make, you name it It s all written in a non self righteous and quite good hud way There is much knowledge here, and it s inspiring and realistic at the same time Erik and Kelly live in Los Angeles and farm a small yard, even the median strip Like another reviewer said, after reading this book I look at all the lawns everywhe [...]
There is so much to learn from this book that it s hard to begin Most people will identify with the content in some way Almost everyone has a parent or grandparent who gardened, baked bread, made compost or homemade jam, or cleaned windows with vinegar But, this is one of the few books that combines all of the old skills with many new ones, such as how to ride a bike in traffic without getting run over Most of the projects are so simple and straightforward that anyone can achieve success with a [...]