Homesteading: What to Know, What to Grow
Recent events have many of us thinking about adopting healthier and more self-sufficient lifestyles. Perhaps you’ve found yourself contemplating putting in a kitchen garden, raising some laying hens or having a small herd of goats.
Before embarking on this new adventure be sure to review local zoning and subdivision ordinances. Then you’ll want to learn from those who have already done some small scale homesteading as you consider how to condition your soil, what crops to grow, how to build a coop or put in fencing, and how to process or store your harvest.
The library has some great resources to help you with all of this. Here are a few titles you might want to check out.
Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard Farming and Home Skills for Self-Sufficient Living by Deanna Caswell and Daisy Siskin
The Small-Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery
Self-Sufficiency for the 21st Century: The Complete Guide to Sustainable Living Today by Dick and James Strawbridge