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Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living [Format Kindle]

Deborah Niemann

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Our food system is dominated by industrial agriculture and has become economically and environmentally unsustainable. The incidence of diet-related diseases, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and heart disease, has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels. Whether you have forty acres and a mule or a condo with a balcony, you can do more than you think to safeguard your health, your money, and the planet.

Homegrown and Handmade shows how making things from scratch and growing at least some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life. Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it's packed with answers and solutions to help you:

*Take control of your food supply from seed to plate
*Raise small and medium livestock for fun, food, and fiber
*Rediscover traditional skills to meet more of your family's needs than you ever thought possible

This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful self-taught modern homesteader, this well illustrated, practical, and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a simpler life.

Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert who presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, bread baking, cheesemaking, composting, and homeschooling. She and her family raise sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys for meat, eggs, and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provides fruit and vegetables.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2271 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 288 pages
  • Editeur : New Society Publishers (25 octobre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B006LO278C
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44 internautes sur 47 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Practical Guide for a Variety of Homesteading Ideas 25 octobre 2011
Par M. Schemanski - Publié sur Amazon.com
Homegrown & Handmade
A practical Guide to More Self-Reliant living
Deborah Niemann
Published by New Society Publishers

This book starts with a 25 page introduction, valuable information on the whys of eating homegrown. From the Health stance, nutrition differences, the quality of the food, and its sustainability. In addition, she touches on the frugalness of eating home grown and finding pride in ones work. Very good information on chemicals and how much of the food we eat today is extremely unhealthy for us.

The book is divided into 5 parts, each with a Planning, Growing, and Cooking sections.
Backyard gardening is first with helpful hints on planning a garden that fits nicely into the space you have, and not becoming overwhelmed. To plan according to your future needs and utilizing the fruits of your labor.
The orchard is next with the ins and outs of planting, and when and how of harvesting then making delicious jams and other recipes with your fruit.
Caring for poultry for both eggs and meat production. Includes housing recommendations and types of poultry.
Of course my favorite, your home dairy! From planning on which livestock, caring for them, to processing your milk into cheese and soap.
She even includes a section on raising fiber animals!
Covers all the basics and is a great resource for helping someone get started with farming, even in their small backyard.
The only thing I had wished was that the pictures would be in color, but I know that isn't always practical either.
Great book, a great starter, but includes enough depth for even seasoned farmers to utilize the information.
Thanks to the Author for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
25 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I only have good things to say 9 janvier 2012
Par Lizzyuru - Publié sur Amazon.com
I recieved this book as a Christmas present from my Grandfather in law who grew up on a farm. I was raised in the Chicago suburbs so the most we ever did was have a herb garden. But I have always been inspired by this lifestyle even as a little girl. And this book is absolutly amazing! I am now suggesting it to everyone I know. It is extremetly well written and stays entertaining throughout. I love the way the author shared with us her own mistakes so that we as readers could learn from them as she did. I simply could not put it down. I have nothing but praise for this book, and reading it has inspired my family to change our way of life to one that is more homegrown & handmade.
27 internautes sur 29 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent read for those looking to become more self-reliant 7 janvier 2012
Par Smlz Mom - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having recently moved to the country, I was looking for a book which would provide me with great ideas, knowledge and information on getting back to living off the land. I found a give away on the Homemade Mothering website for this book and decided I couldn't wait and just bought it --- I was glad I did.

The author has a very down-to-earth writing style and she provides valuable hands on experience. The book provides an array of topics on self-reliance and includes information on planning, growing or caring for and then cooking or processing what you grow/raise.

This book was a great find for someone that just moved to the country but would also be helpful to those that live in the city due to information the author provides on how to adapt and be self-reliant even when living in the city.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Introduction 7 mars 2012
Par Seaotter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Deborah Niemann's "Homegrown and Handmade" is a well written, interesting, practical introduction on a variety of homesteading topics including home dairy, poultry, gardening, orchards, and keeping a flock of fiber animals. Her twenty five page introduction gives many good reasons for taking the time to grow, process and use your own natural foods and clothing materials. Throughout the book the author provides many important details on numerous subjects such as the difference between GMO, hybrid and heirloom seeds. In another example she details the differences between heritage and hybrid chickens. Niemann not only details planning for the backyard garden, orchard, flock, dairy, meat and fiber animals but also raising, preserving, cooking and processing (in the case of fiber animals) from each of them. A couple of the books I have read on homesteading's authors come across with a superior attitude. Not so Niemann. She shares her mistakes and helps you learn from them. Her understandable, thorough look at each aspect of homesteading lets you know if this lifestyle is for you and also lets you know that you can do as little or much of it as you desire.

You may wonder after all the good things I had to say about the book, why I only gave the book four stars? The lady's husband is an engineer and because of that they can afford the cost of setting up and running a homestead. It isn't cheap. She has about twenty of each animal she raises. You can have only a few chickens and a couple of goats, which would make the whole operation much cheaper and more doable. The rest of the information in the book is fantastic.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Life in the Slow Lane - Do it Yourself! 19 avril 2012
Par Story Circle Book Reviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
Being a full-fledged farmer or fully self-sufficient is not possible for most of us who live an urban or suburban life. Yet creating a modern homestead is not a role-playing game, but an effort to do what we can to lessen our dependency on modern conveniences. Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living gives you the tools needed to create a lifestyle that honors the planet, helps you eat healthy foods, and lessens your dependency on global resources.

From the introduction (where Niemann lays out the process that led to their becoming homesteaders in 2002) to the afterward (where she encourages readers to do whatever they can to be more self-sufficient), this book will give you the information you need to live your own homestead dreams.

Each section includes help with planning, resources, recipes (or patterns!) and a step-by-step overview of each topic. Niemann starts out with "The Sustainable Garden" and then moves through "The Backyard Orchard," "The Backyard Poultry Flock," "The Home Dairy," and the "The Home Fiber Flock." Certainly the first three topics are within the reach of most readers, even if they don't have acreage or a "homestead," per se.

But if you are like me--leery of creating a herd of goats or even a cow or two, or didn't know how to accomplish the basics of homegrown to table--this book gives great ideas and encouragement in creating a viable homestead, wherever you live. The chapters on Home Fiber Flocks are fascinating and full of patterns, ideas and nudges to lead you down the garden path of creativity from production and creation. And the Home Dairy chapters break the process down to manageable bites and may give you a longing for fresh milk you never knew you had!

The ideas are practical: "...it is perfectly acceptable (perhaps preferable) to start small and let your garden grow in size as your knowledge and enthusiasm grows." The techniques are doable: "...try what works well for so many of us gardeners who can't be bothered with details--composting." And the recipes (Creamy Heirloom Tomato Soup, Quick Quiche, Easy Mozzarella and more,) are hands-on and well written. If you are dreamin of homesteading or hoping to take yourself off the grid, Niemann can provide you with the know-how you need and the steps to take to achieve as much or as little as you want in your own recreation of paradise.

Remember, homesteaders are not always laid-back hippie types or rabid survivalists. In fact, they rarely are! Instead, the current homestead movement is about lessening our carbon footprint, using fewer fossil fuels, and knowing about the health and care the animals and plants that grace our tables receive. Niemann was once a novice too, slowly becoming aware of "organic big business" and discovering that the only way to be sure that the food on her table was sustainably grown, humanely killed, and free of additives and growth hormones was to oversee it herself. She doesn't preach, but rather encourages and provides a tantalizing picture of the cycle of life and the inspiring way to be a compassionate omnivore.

As a mantra, Niemann espouses MORE self-reliant living, a way to take whatever steps we can to create a lifestyle that embraces both the homesteaders of the 19th century and the current search for personal and spiritual nourishment. Once you have eaten an egg from your own chickens, rich in vitamins and coming straight from the hen with a gloriously orangy yolk, you may wonder how you ever lived without homesteading in your life!

by Laura Strathman Hulka
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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