4 Great New Homesteading Books from Chelsea Green

Great New Homesteading Books from Chelsea Green featuring Wildcrafting, Permaculture and Mushrooms

I’ve slowed down my purchases of homesteading books in recent years, but when I spotted these new titles in the Chelsea Green newsletter, I had to take a closer look.  I’ve wanted to learn more about permaculture and mushrooms for a while now, and weeds have been a favorite of mine for years.  I decided to splurge and invest in all four titles. 

The day after I sent in my order, up pops an email in my inbox with an invitation to get a copy of the weed book to review.  Since I had already purchased all four books, I asked if Chelsea Green would be willing to sponsor a giveaway for my readers. They said yes.  So, without further ado, here’s a review of these new and interesting homesteading books that you’ll have a chance to win for your home library.  [Read more…]

How to Make Money Homesteading

How to Make Money Homesteading So You Can Enjoy a Secure, Self-Sufficient Life

How to Make Money Homesteading So You Can Enjoy a Secure, Self-Sufficient Life

How to Make Money Homesteading So You Can Enjoy a Secure, Self-Sufficient Life” is a new book by Tim Young, author of The Accidental Farmers: An urban couple, a rural calling and a dream of farming in harmony with nature.  Tim and his wife, Liz, farm at Nature’s Harmony Farm in Elberton, Georgia, where they currently focus on artisan cheesemaking.

One of the most memorable passages in the book (to me) is where Tim discusses the role of money in our lives:

I suspect what we really want is not money.  Rather, we simply desire increased freedom…the ability to do more of what we want, when we want, without our time (labor) being controlled by someone else.  And since most of use were born into a world centered on money, we seem to believe the path to this increased freedom is having more of it.

He goes on to discuss ways to reduce our expenses, which to my mind is a common sense choice for most of us who wish to have greater financial freedom.

Pros About How to Make Money Homesteading

  • Suggestions for Reducing Expenses and Eliminating Debt
  • Many, many ideas for income streams – from those that require larger acreage to those that can be done in a small home or apartment
  • Interviews with real homesteaders are various stages in their homesteading journeys
  • Personalized Homestead Entrepreneurial Life Plan Template to help your organize your homestead income making ideas

Each of the 18 interviews includes the following questions/information:

  • Name
  • Location
  • If you left a “real job” prior to breaking away to become more self-sufficient, what was it?
  • Homestead/Farm Highlights
  • What inspired (or scared) you into pursuing a more self-sufficient lifestyle?
  • What were your criteria when looking for land?  how did you make your choice?
  • What are your income streams now?
  • Why did you choose these income streams?
  • How did you acquire the knowledge/skill to generate income this way?
  • If starting over again on the path to self-sufficiency, what would you do differently?
  • If relevant, what do you miss about city/urban life…you know, the “real” world?
  • Finally, what advice do you have for someone considering leaving a “real job” to become more self-sufficient?

This information can help readers to see if a similar option may work for them in their area/circumstances.

Cons About How to Make Money Homesteading

I’m always a fan of photos, so I would love to see the small black and white images replaced by color, but that doesn’t significantly impact the utility of the book.  I was also hoping to see more interviewees who were making a full time income off their homesteads.  Instead, most are still working full time away from home.  Hard numbers would be great, too, although I realize most people would be uncomfortable sharing that information.  There’s a better breakdown of potential hourly wages from various homesteading income sources in The Weekend Homesteader.

To Summarize:  If you’re stumped for ideas for possible revenue streams to fund your homesteading dreams, this book is chock full of possibilities.

Win a Copy of How to Make Money Homesteading

Tim in sponsoring this review and giveaway.  One Common Sense Homesteading reader will win their very own copy of “How to Make Money Homesteading”.  Just use the rafflecopter widget below.  Leave a blog post comment, sharing your ideas for making money homesteading or the challenges you face working to create an income.  Good luck to everyone!

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All entrants must be over 18 years of age.  Contest sponsored by Tim Young.  Open to residents of the United States only.  Winners will be chosen within 48 hours of contest completion.  If winner does not claim prize within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.  Retail value of prize is $9.86.  Contest ends 11/24/2014 at 12:00 CST.

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When we were running the family catering business, we often repeated the phrase, “The eyes eat first” – meaning that our food had to look good as well as taste good.  “The Nourished Kitchen:  Farm-to-Table recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle” is a feast for the eyes as well as an inspiration to savor traditional recipes with a modern twist.  I have the pleasure of receiving a review copy and being able to offer one to a lucky reader as we head into the perfect time to experiment with these farm to table options.

The Nourished Kitchen:  Farm-to-Table recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle

The Nourished Kitchen cookbook is written by Jennifer McGruther of www.nourishedkitchen.com, an award winning traditional foods website.  Her years of managing a farmers market and teaching traditional food preparation shine through in this beautiful new book.

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Restoration Agriculture:  Real World Permaculture for Farmers is a long overdue call to revolutionize farming as we know it.  Mark Shephard shares a vision of renewed soils, diverse ecosystems and healthy watersheds – filled with an abundance of nutrient rich food crops.  He begins with some background information on agriculture as we know it, and then progresses to the new reality of permaculture farming – restoration agriculture. [Read more…]

The Planet Whizbang Idea Book for Gardeners – Review and Giveaway

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The Planet Whizbang Idea Book for Gardeners:  An eclectic selection of inspiring  project plans, useful tips, and how-to advice for people who enjoy growing their own food by Herrick Kimball offers a great combination of tools, tips and stories to enlighten and inspire just about any gardener.  From sturdy trellis systems, cloches and raised beds to biochar and Brix meters, this is one you’ll come back to year after year.  (Yes, this is written by the creator of the Whizbang Chicken plucker.)

Sprinkled throughout the text are excerpts from old books, magazines and almanacs dating back to the 1800’s.  So often we think we’re creating something new, when we are really rediscovering what was lost.  Take this featured quote by E.P. Roe from The Home Acre (1886) about cheaper vegetables: [Read more…]