Home Grown and Self-Sufficient: Books on Sustainable Living

Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces.

Health/Fitness, Nonfiction

For the burgeoning audience of gardeners that wants to grow its own food, even with space constraints, this is the essential, encouraging, hip guide from an urban gardening expert with a huge Internet following. Full-color photographs throughout.


Farm City : The Education of an Urban Farmer

Novella Carpenter.

Biography, Nonfiction

FOR: Gardeners and urbanites alike.

Urban and rural collide in this wry, inspiring memoir of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm.  Novella Carpenter loves cities - the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mist...


The Profitable Hobby Farm: How to Build a Sustainable Local Foods Business

Sarah Beth Aubrey.

Nonfiction, Health/Fitness

Based on the author's expert guidance and the motivating experiences of other small farmers, this book shows how to blend strategy, marketing, and money management in order to prosper. "The Profitable Hobby Farm" provides sound, friendly start-up advice on a variety of topics essential to making an initial foray into a local foods venture. A must-read book for raising and selling local, sustainable foods. Includes sample business plan, grant appl...


Your Eco-Friendly Yard: Sustainable Ideas to Save You Time, Money and the Earth

Tom Girolamo.

Nonfiction, Science/Technology

"Your Eco-Friendly Yard" shows you how to plan and create a personalized ecosystem in your own yard. You'll discover 20 projects, such as selecting appropriate native plants for your region, practicing water efficiency and conservation, and proper placement of trees and vegetation, plus tips and expert advice for saving the earth, as well as time and money,


Beekeeping for Dummies

by Howland Blackiston ; foreword by Kim Flottum.

Nonfiction, Science/Technology

Interested in raising honey bees? This friendly, practical guide presents a step-by-step approach to starting your own beehive, along with expert tips for maintaining a healthy colony. You get the latest on honey bee medication and treatments, harvesting and marketing your honey, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honey bee has on our environment and economy.


Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life

Jenna Woginrich.

Nonfiction, Health/Fitness, Science/Technology, Biography

Starting off as a young, single woman with a desk job and a city apartment, Jenna Woginrich set out to build a more self-sufficient lifestyle by learning homesteading skills. She didn't own land or have much practical experience beyond a few forays into knitting and soap making, but she did have a strong desire to opt out of what she saw as a consumer-driven culture. After moving across the country to a rented farmhouse in northern Idaho, she lea...


How to Raise Poultry: Everything You Need to Know

Christine Heinrichs.

Nonfiction, Science/Technology

Interest in free-range poultry is increasing, as consumers turn away form tasteless, battery-reared birds and toward hand-reared ones. An increasing number of people are keeping and rearing fowl themselves, in small allotments, urban gardens, and small-scale farms. This book is the place for anyone wishing to raise poultry - for feathers, eggs, meat, beauty - this book is an essential resource and perfect place to begin. Poultry expert Christine ...


Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting

R.J. Ruppenthal.

Nonfiction, Health/Fitness, Science/Technology

This book is a practical, comprehensive, and downright fun guide to growing food in small spaces without relying on complicated and energy-intensive systems like indoor lighting and hydroponics. Readers will learn how to transform their balconies and windowsills into productive vegetable gardens, their countertops into sprout and mushroom farms, and their patios into a haven for honeybees and chickens. Amazingly, almost no space is too small or t...


The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit

Jennifer Megyesi ; photography by Geoff Hansen.

Nonfiction, Science/Technology

Farmer and animal expert Megyesi discusses all the basic details of raising chickens - biology, health, food, and choosing breeds - and identifies what terms like organic and free-range really mean for poultry farmers and consumers.


The Home Creamery

Kathy Farrell-Kingsley.

Cooking, Health/Fitness, Nonfiction, Science/Technology

Butter, yogurt, ricotta, and other fresh dairy products have been made in home kitchens around the world for centuries. They are not difficult to make, require no complicated aging techniques, and offer the home cook a wonderful range of tart, sweet, nutty, silky, creamy, melty textures and flavors. With the growing availability of local, organic milk and the soaring popularity of raw milk, now is the perfect time to bring fresh dairy products ba...


Farm city : the education of an urban farmer

Novella Carpenter.

Biography, Health/Fitness, Nonfiction, Science/Technology

Urban and rural collide in this wry, inspiring memoir of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm Novella Carpenter loves cities-the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-su...


The backyard homestead

edited by Carleen Madigan.

Cooking, Health/Fitness, Nonfiction, Science/Technology

Put your backyard to work! Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it's done. And when the harvest is in, you'll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor. From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 p...


The family kitchen garden

Karen Liebreich, Jutta Wagner & Annette Wendland ; [foreword by Arden Bucklin and Rachel Pringle].

Science/Technology, Health/Fitness, Nonfiction

Everyone wants healthy children who choose potatoes over chips and oranges over Oreos, but it isn't always easy to convince a picky child to try something new. The Family Kitchen Garden integrates the garden and kitchen in a simple, fun way that parents and children can enjoy together. By teaching kids how to garden, they will be more likely to eat what they grow â?? what a rewarding way to encourage healthy foods! Unlike other guides to ga...


The backyard beekeeper's honey handbook : a guide to creating, harvesting, and cooking with natural honeys

Kim Flottum.

Science/Technology, Nonfiction

A truly lush, radiant enthusiast's guide, "The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook" is an insight into the practical, back-to-the-earth beekeeping lifestyle and the artisan cultivation of honey varieties.


Backyard livestock : raising good, natural food for your family

Steven Thomas & George P. Looby ; illustrations by Mark Howell and Patricia Witten.

Science/Technology, Nonfiction, Health/Fitness

Long the primary reference for anyone who keeps animals as a sustainable food source, this latest edition includes up-to-date information on breeds and breeding, feed, disease prevention, housing, and management. The book also includes a chapter on growing feed; appendices covering disease identification and treatment, manure, tanning, incubators, and injections; and a catalog of supplemental resources. Country Journal calls it \'a handbook in th...


Small plot, high yield gardening : grow like a pro, save money, and eat well from your front (or back or side) yard organic produce garden

Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan.

Health/Fitness, Science/Technology, Nonfiction

A classic guide to growing bumper crops of vegetables in limited spaces from a successful family-run gardening business, this work has been updated for today's eco-conscious home gardeners. Illustrated with 12 garden schematics.


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingslover.

Biography, Nonfiction, Health/Fitness

Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family vowed that, for one year, they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat. Barbara Kingsolver's twelve books of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction include the ...