Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy Reading!

Although I'm sure it looked like it when we announced our move, we didn't go into this blind.  I've been researching homesteading, the future of food and gardening for a couple of years now.  This is by no means a complete list.  I have so much info in my head now that I can't remember where I got it all.  This will give you a good start.  

 The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

This is a really great book if you can get through the seemingly endless corn chapter.  It's a great insight into how the food industry works and how just because your supermarket food says "organic" or "free ranged" doesn't mean it actually is.  Mr. Pollan has several other similar books that are all great too.

Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour

My favourite. I've checked it out from the library a couple of times and finally got my own copy for Christmas.  Like all DK books, this one is full of pictures to tempt you with.  John Seymour has a light, easy writing style that can tempt even my book snubbing husband.  Limey refers to it as his bible.

Backyard in Your Barnyard by Gail Damerow

A great intro on common farm animals.  If you need more specific info check out the Storey guides.  

Micro Eco-Farming by Barbara Berst Adams

A book for all the naysayers who claim you can't make a living on anything less than a bazillion acres.

How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons

A how to on gardening without using the traditional row method.

The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan

How to homestead on less than an acre!

Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway

A guide to permaculture.  There are more comprehensive books than this but this one is less likely to put you to sleep.

Web Sites

Mother Earth News

It's been around forever so their archives are chock a block full of great homesteading how-to articles.

Homesteading Today

I waffled about adding this to my list.  The forum has a lot of good information.  There are tons of archived threads.  But....there are some older, stuck in their ways naysayers as well as some biased Monsanto employees hanging around to make sorting out the decent info a little difficult.

Permaculture Forums

It's not as busy as it could be but there's some good info there.

Backyard Chickens

Tons of good info here on various poultry and game birds.  Also links to it's sister site about other farm animals.


Food Inc

This film turned Limey off eating chicken and hooked him onto the idea of producing more of our own food.


This one is a little silly at times but it's got some good info on soil management.

A Farm for the Future

A little bit of everything in this one as a woman tries to bring her father's farm into the future.

If you have any good resources to add, put them in the comments!


  1. I just finished reading Garden in the Hills by Elizabeth West, delightful account of a couple who spent 13 years in North Wales living the simple life, sad ending but worth the read.

  2. Another favourite is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, A year of Food Life By Barbara Kingsolver, they spent a year avoiding the supermarket, it was her chapter on poultry that inspired me to raise red bourbons.

  3. Is it similar to the 100 Mile Diet book?

  4. Yes, this is about their year eating locally, seasonally, growing and raising as much food as possible. She is a popular fiction writer (Poisonwood Bible) so it is a good read.

  5. Backyard Homestead is my aboslute FAV book... people dont realize how much you can do on so little