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One Acre Homestead (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Sara Simmons McDonald

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Sara McDonald embarked on her homesteading journey wondering "is self-sufficiency really possible on one acre of land?" In this book she recalls the experiences that inspired her to begin homesteading, and some of the successes and failures of her first 5 years. She then illustrates a long-term plan to achieve her goal of self-sufficiency.

One-Acre Homestead features a simplified permaculture design for a one acre farm that produces the majority of the resident's food. This design is based on practical workable methods that the author uses on her homestead. The author explains the importance of creating zones that will be dedicated to different purposes in the garden, and encourages planning ahead with slow but steady progress in mind. Instead of investing in expensive livestock, she focuses on a few small animals, practices forest gardening and growing trees for biomass production in order to achieve a no-till, sustainable gardening system. She explains why her goal on the homestead isn't to provide 100% of everything a family uses in order to be self-sufficient. Instead, gardening zones are established so that production can be maximized to meet the majority of a family's food needs in a crisis year.

Written in an informal style directed toward the reader, the author aims to encourage others to take steps toward self-sufficiency no matter where they are in their journey. Using her own experience over the past 5 years as a guide, she urges readers to begin working now toward their goal of self-sufficiency. She often refers to methods that have worked for her in the humid southeastern US and makes suggestions for readers in other climates to adapt these practices to their gardens.

This book is broken into 3 parts
I. The author's journey
II. The basic design process with lots of photos and reasoning for each step of the plan
III. Gaining financial independence

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A Strange Book - Interesting But Not Very Helpful 15 juillet 2013
Par Kelly - Publié sur
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This is a very odd book.

Almost the entire first half of this book is about the author's personal life story. Parts of this were interesting, but it got pretty tedious too - I didn't buy a *biography*, I bought a book on homesteading. I really didn't need her full psychological history and her detailed personal background. I didn't need to know about her mistakes in high school, her meandering travels, her mental health struggles, and her family background. It felt very self indulgent and it really got on my nerves after a while. [A couple of personal introductory pages would have been great, but not half the book...!] I put the book down in frustration many times thinking I'd just quit reading it, and then picked it back up because I thought surely there would be some useful info if I could just stick with it long enough.

Then somewhere near the middle, there is a long rant-y discussion of economics and how our society works. I found it sort of interesting, but again - kind of weird and out of place, based on the title of the book and what I was expecting when I got it.

If you make it to the half way point of this book, you will begin to find some information on homesteading. As other reviewers have noted, she doesn't go in depth on any subject. This is a broad introduction of sorts. Much of the information she includes is very specific to her climate and her personal situation.

She also has some very strong opinions about homesteading and much of her advice conflicts with what you may find in other sources. I thought some of her ideas were interesting, but I got a little frustrated with the "my way is the right/only way to do this successfully" kind of attitude.

For one thing, she is very negative about any sort of animals being kept on a 1 acre homestead, beyond four chickens. She doesn't seem to feel that you can or should raise any other types of animals. She very briefly mentions goats, with a caution that you shouldn't get them. She does not mention rabbits at all - which I thought was odd, as they seem especially well suited to a small homestead situation. No mention of bees either.

In the book description, she says "In this book, I answer the question 'is self-sufficiency really possible on one acre of land?'". I don't think she really achieved this. She tells us how she's personally TRYING to become self sufficient in her own specific situation, but I don't think she gives information that could really help a person determine this for their own situation.

She does talk a lot about planning the homestead, but her advice was unclear to me and seemed really specific just to her own personal plot of land. After wading through this entire long ebook, I really have no idea at all how to apply the things she mentions briefly to my own situation and my own land.

I don't feel like I know any more about how to make my self sufficiency dreams a reality now than I did before I read this book. It was interesting in parts, but pretty much a waste of time for my purposes.

Overall, I would not recommend this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 How to grow your food well on one acre 21 décembre 2012
Par Homesteader - Publié sur
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One-Acre Homestead is a response to The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It, focusing more on perennials and less on large livestock (thus making it more suitable for the average American homesteader who probably has fingers in many other pies). Other highlights of the book include a permaculture perspective and a realistic view of when to add each new facet to the homestead.

I found her ideas on growing your own mulch, her firsthand information on wildcrafting, and the idea of money as an energy flow to be managed like any other fascinating. In addition, her extreme southern focus (she's located in Louisiana) makes the ebook a good addition to a genre that is mostly written by northerners. (I agree that sweet potatoes are the ultimate low work, high yield vegetable!)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sustainable self-reliance 26 janvier 2013
Par Ross E. Nelson - Publié sur
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Homesteading is a catch-all term that now embraces preppers, survivalists, the back-to-nature movement and plain-old gardeners. This book addresses the whole spectrum of homesteading. The author has an easy-to-read, story-telling voice that encourages readers to find their place in nature and build their own "homestead paradise." She doesn't advocate 100% home production, but a more balanced "do what's right for your lifestyle" approach. This makes the information in this book aplicable to everyone.

While the author is from the south, she does include sections tailored to those in colder climes. If raising livestock is too much for you, don't worry. The only animal production she discusses is chickens, which even urban homesteaders can do. The emphasis is on establishing a permaculture that works well for your climate and lifestyle. Within this permaculture you will raise the fruits, vegetables and herbs you need/use most.

This book is a great resource for anyone wanting to live more self-reliantly. I know I will be re-reading and referring to it often. I recommend it.
14 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book for getting started! 16 mars 2013
Par Jud Morrison - Publié sur
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My husband listened to this book on audio while I read it on my Kindle. We learned so much about turning our fallow acreage into something that actually was productive. We now have a garden, a chicken coop, goats, aquaponics and a small orchard growing on what once was just a bunch of land that we struggled just to keep mowed. We are so pleased!!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I wish she had more experience. 13 février 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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The author has clearly done her research but too often in this book does she say things such as "I hope to..." or "I've yet to find... "
I was hoping to read about someone who has actually found solutions to issues I expect to encounter rather than simply someone who can pose the same potential problems that I can. Not a terrible book, but certainly not as informative as I'd hoped.
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