Do you want to be more self-sufficient, learn a new skill, raise animals, and garden in suburbia or in the city? Check out this list of homesteading resources.
I created this homesteading resource page as an easy reference guide to help you in your suburban homesteading adventure. I hope you find this mega list helpful in your ongoing quest to become a better gardener and homesteader. The object of this resource is to help save you both time and money and show you that growing your own food doesn’t have to be difficult!
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Ducks and Chickens are some of the easiest types of livestock to start raising, and they are legal in many communities. (Check your to be sure.) Here are some of the best resources for your backyard flock:
Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks: If you want ONE book to get you started and have on your shelf to refer to for all your chicken questions, Storey’s Guide To Raising Chickens is that book. Sometimes you just want to flip open to a specific question, this is a good book for that. It also will help you narrow down what breed would be right for you. It’s great to read, you will get a lot out of this book.
Duck Eggs Daily: Author Lisa Steele is one of the most trusted voices in small-flock poultry keeping. This is a valuable guide to raising ducks naturally. This is also a book for chicken keepers who want to add ducks to their flock. While ducks can live happily with chickens, ducks are different in many important ways. Lisa Steel is a 5th generation chicken keeper and keeps ducks too. So she brings a lot of experience to the table.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens: Once again, Storey’s has a great informative book that will guide you through all your chicken keeping questions. It’s great to read from cover to cover.
Fresh Eggs Daily: Once again Lisa Steele hits it out of the park. Her emphasis on natural chicken keeping is what sets her apart.
The Chicken Health Handbook: Healthy chickens are happy chickens. This reference book covers the health problems that plague all types of chickens. Practical remedies and gentle preventative care measures will help you keep your flock healthy and safe.
Gardening with Chickens : Start by planning your garden and learn to keep your plants safe while they grow. Plant with purpose, choosing from a dozen plans for theme gardens such as Orange Egg Yolks or Nesting Box Herbs. Or choose a design that’s filled with edibles – sharing the bounty with your family and your feathered friends. Enjoy the harvest, and let the chickens graze!
Pastured Poultry Profit$ The pastured poultry opportunity shines like a beacon in the night, guiding the way to a brighter future. So if you are looking at a way to make money from chickens, Joel Salatin will show you exactly how.
One of the best animals for the city and suburbia is quail. They are small enough to fit on your back porch!
Urban Quail-Keeping This practical book is a complete guide for anyone starting out or already keeping quail in an area such as a back garden, patio or even balcony. The book has a wealth of valuable information covering all key areas including: quail housing: pens, runs and cages, quail egg production, health and general care, food and nutritional requirements, breeding: how to incubate and hatch your quail eggs.
High-Production Backyard Quail Raising How to build a suitable quail cage, raise quail, create large output in production of eggs and meat with minimal involvement, keep them safe from predators and many other needs and requirements including creating a profitable cash flow.
If you want to raise your own meat in suburbia and urban settings, you might consider rabbits. They are easy to house, and very productive. Here are some of the essential items to get started raising rabbits.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits: If you’re interested in raising rabbits for meat this comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to keep your animals healthy and productive. Offering expert advice on breed selection, housing, feeding, humane handling, routine medical care, and dealing with diseases, My go to rabbit book is Storey’s Guide To Raising Rabbits.
Raising Rabbits For Meat: Shows you what equipment you need to get started, how to select the right breed, rabbit feeding basics & how to make your own organic feed.
Maybe bees are your thing. Get superb pollination, enjoy honey and help the dwindling bee population at the same time. Most municipalities allow bees, but check the local laws.
Natural Beekeeping: Whether you are a novice looking to get started with bees, an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas to develop an integrated pest-management approach, or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.
Even if you don’t want to raise your own meat or eggs you can garden. You can even become mostly self sufficient from a small backyard. There are a few things to learn, however. Here are some of my favorite gardening resources.
Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre: This describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre, while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require.
The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: Even in winter’s coldest months you can harvest fresh, delicious produce. Niki Jabbour shares her simple techniques for gardening throughout the year. Learn how to select the best varieties for each season, the art of succession planting, and how to build inexpensive structures to protect your crops from the elements.
Permaculture for the Rest of Us: No-till vs. till gardening, composting, and soil-building Natural pest control and integrating small livestock, basic greenhouse construction, harvesting, preservation, and more. Ideal for urban dreamers, suburbanites and country-dwellers alike. A great break down on how to make all the elements of your homestead work more productively for you.
Guide to Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Here’s a very specialized book just for people in Florida, but I had to include it as gardening in Florida is impossible without knowing a few key things that are all in this book. This is my most used gardening book.
Homesteading doesn’t have to be hard. Just learn one skill at a time and soon you will have your own homestead right where you live.
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving: As nutrition and food quality has become more important, learning home canning and preserving has increased in popularity for the benefits it offers. You gain control of the ingredients when preserving your own food at it’s freshest point and locks in nutrition. Only a few hours are needed to put up a batch of jam or relish and home preserves that make a great personal gift.
P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden: This book celebrates the bounty of each season with recipes of flavorful fruits, vegetables, and herbs at their garden-fresh best. These are dishes that everyone loves to eat. Taking delicious advantage of ingredients as accessible as bell peppers and carrots and as beloved as fresh peaches and tomatoes. They are perfect for those who garden as well as anyone who simply enjoys fresh food.
Serving Up the Harvest: Savor the bounty! Whether harvested from your own backyard garden or bought at a local farmers’ market, nothing is more satisfying than delicious fresh vegetables. In this seasonal cookbook, Andrea Chesman offers 175 easy-to-make recipes that are designed to bring out the very best in whatever produce is currently peaking.
Home Cheese Making: In this home cheese making primer, Ricki Carrol presents basic techniques that will have you whipping up delicious cheeses of every variety in no time. Step-by-step instructions for farmhouse cheddar, gouda, mascarpone, and more are accompanied by inspiring profiles of home cheese makers. With additional tips on storing, serving, and enjoying your homemade cheeses, Home Cheese Making provides everything you need to know to make your favorite cheeses right in your own kitchen.
The Big Book of Kombucha: Brew your own kombucha at home! With more than 400 recipes, including 268 unique flavor combinations, you can get exactly the taste you want — for a fraction of the store-bought price.
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