The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

Category: Book
Edited By: Madigan, Carleen
Subject:  GARDENING / General
  HOUSE & HOME / Do-It-Yourself / General
  HOUSE & HOME / Sustainable Living
  TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Published: February 2009
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 9.00in x 7.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*Put your backyard to work! Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it's done. And when the harvest is in, you'll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor.

From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts.
From The Publisher*Our food travels an amazing 1,500 miles before reaching its final destination--our dinner tables. Globalization of the U.S. food supply has serious repercussions for the environment, our health, our communities, and our tastebuds. This compendium includes the best advice on how to produce your own food at home--from growin vegetables, fruits, and herbs, to making cheese, raising chickens, and keeping bees. Storey's respected guidance on self-sufficiency packaged in a fresh, new format for a new generation of readers.
From The Publisher*Put your backyard to work! Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it's done. And when the harvest is in, you'll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor.
Review Quote*"Bottom line is, even if you're not ready for complete self-sufficiency, in today's economic climate, it just makes sense to try to produce some of your own food. And this book is a great way to get your feet wet."
Review Quote*"The tone is sweet and accessible, and the well-organized chapters cover all the bases…" - July 2009
Review Quote*"This book delivers what it aims to sell. Its 368 pages of information on creating a successful, self sufficient, backyard homestead that will keep you and your family busy and eating all year long. 4.5 out of five stars, this is the book homestead enthusiasts have been looking for. Go buy this book!"
Review Quote*

"The Backyard Homestead is a comprehensive and accessible guide to starting a vegetable garden, raising chickens and cows, canning food, making cheese, and a whole lot more.  Editor Carleen Madigan…a homesteader in her own right, draws on the dozens of books about country living that Storey has published since its founding in 1983."

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"Because you need to brace yourself for what's on the horizon:  The Backyard Homestead.  This fascinating, friendly book is brimming with ideas, illustrations, and enthusiasm.  The garden plans are solid, the advice crisp; the diagrams, as on pruning and double digging, are models of decorum.  Halfway through, she puts the pedal to the metal, and whoosh!  At warp speed, we're growing our own hops and making our own beer, planting our own wheat fields, keeping chickens (ho hum), ducks, geese, and turkeys (now we're talking) and milking goats, butchering lamb, raising rabbits, and grinding sausage.  Oh, and tapping our maple trees, churning butter, and making our own cheese and yogurt.  Peacocks, anyone?  Need I say more?  Well, yes.  Stock up on some knitting books because next winter, you'll want to grow your own sweaters, too."

Biographical NoteBefore becoming an editor at Storey, Carleen Madigan was managing editor of Horticulture magazine and lived on an organic farm outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she learned the homesteading skills contained in The Backyard Homestead. She enjoys gardening, hiking, foraging, baking, spinning wool, and knitting.