Homesteading: What to Know, What to Grow

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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.

Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living by Kris Bordessa

Do-it Yourself Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, Solar Panels, and More by Noah Weinstein

Family Homesteading: The Ultimate Guide to Self-Sufficiency for the Whole Family by Teri Page

Fauquier County Subdivision Ordinance and Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance

Flat Broke With Two Goats: A Memoir by Jennifer McGaha

Harvest: Field Notes From a Far-Flung Pursuit of Real Food by Max Watman

Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard Farming and Home Skills for Self-Sufficient Living by Deanna Caswell and Daisy Siskin

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook From Scratch by Jennifer Reese

Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Thames

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

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