Homegrown & Handmade
A Practical Guide to More Self-reliant LivingBook - 2011
A modern homesteader explains how to take control of your personal food supply, eliminate artificial ingredients and reduce your carbon footprint by growing your own food and making things from scratch, whether you have acres of land or just a balcony. Original.
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.
Presents advice for growing food and making things from scratch in order to take control of the food supply, eliminate artificial ingredients, and reduce the carbon footprint.