From Amazon: "Whether you want to live off the grid in a fully self-sufficient way, or just turn your backyard into your own small homestead, here is advice on backyard chicken care, how to plant a no-till garden that heals the soil, composting, canning, and much more.
The Weekend Homesteader is organized by month—so whether it’s January or June you’ll find exciting, quick-to-do projects that allow you to start your own homestead without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.
Permaculture techniques will turn your homestead into a vibrant ecosystem and attract native pollinators while converting our society's waste into high-quality compost and mulch. Meanwhile, enjoy the fruits of your labor right away as you learn the basics of cooking and eating seasonally, then preserve homegrown produce for later by drying, canning, freezing, or simply filling your kitchen cabinets with storage vegetables.
As you become more self-sufficient, you'll save seeds, prepare for power outages, and tear yourself away from a full-time job, while building a supportive and like-minded community. You won't be completely eliminating your reliance on the grocery store, but you will be plucking low-hanging (and delicious!) fruits out of your own garden by the time all forty-eight projects are complete."
As a homestead blogger I often hear from folks who want to homestead, but don't know how to start. Most homesteading how-to books cover the full gamut of necessary topics, which can be overwhelming because there are so many facets to the self-sufficient life. What I really like about this book is the way it is organized - as a month by month, step by step project book with a wide range of projects covering every aspect of homesteading: planning, planting, composting, cooking, baking, food preservation, stocking up, chickens, rainwater, bees, mushrooms, preparedness, etc, even laundry.
Each project is prefaced with a goal, cost, time, difficulty, and whether or not it's something kids can do or help with. It gives the rationale, steps, and even an assignment to get you started. By following the projects through the months, anyone could get a really good start on a homestead by the end of the book. And I have to say that even though my husband and I have been homesteading for longer than this book has been out, I still found things to think about and things I wanted to do. It has lots of good quality photos and charts, recipes, and a good index. Highly recommended.