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Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living von [Kaplan, Rachel, Blume, K. Ruby]
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This comprehensive guide is full of beautiful full-color photos and practical information about self-reliance and green living, as well as inspiring stories from people already living the urban homesteading life. It embraces the core concepts of localization, self-reliance, and knowledge of where our food comes from, as well as basic sustainability.. . . A great addition to the genre. --Wendy Priesnitz


The urban homesteading movement is spreading rapidly across the nation. Urban Homesteading is the perfect "back-to-the-land" guide for urbanites who want to reduce their impact on the environment. Full of practical information, as well as inspiring stories from people already living the urban homesteading life, this colorful guide is an approachable guide to learning to live more ecologically in the city. The book embraces the core concepts of localization (providing our basic needs close to where we live), self-reliance (re-learning that food comes from the ground, not the grocery store; learning to do things ourselves), and sustainability (giving back at least as much as we take). Readers will find concise how-to information that they can immediately set into practice, from making solar cookers to growing tomatoes in a barrel to raising chickens in small spaces to maintaining mental serenity in the fast-paced city environment. Full of beautiful full-color photographs and illustrations, and plenty of step-by-step instructions, this is a must-have handbook for city folk with a passion for the simple life. 


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  • Dateigröße: 68474 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 305 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 161608054X
  • Verlag: Skyhorse Publishing (27. April 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0052ZO73E
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good for bare beginners, but only in some regions 19. August 2011
Von Nicole - Veröffentlicht auf
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First, the good:

The layout of the book is very well done and aesthetically pleasing, the photographs are exceptional and the quality of the book is top notch for a large-format paperback. There are no cut corners here.

When it comes to content, I appreciated the authors' non-judgmental style, optimism and happy encouragement. Many other authors have talked about these issues without such restraint and acceptance of the beliefs and ultimate goals of their readers. I also especially liked that nowhere did the author advocate any illegal activity (unlike many other sources on the subject.) They attempted to address a broad width of topics and succeeded in hitting all the major components of urban homesteading.

So, why the 3 stars?

It is inevitable that the numerous topics would lack depth, but this puts the book squarely in the raw beginner market. After reading the other reviews, I expected more. The gardening chapters have advice that is very specific to Northern California's climate (I used to live there) but would be an disastrous failure in many other regions. They also missed some important components of biointensive gardening, particularly the need for a large amount of organic inputs. A better source for this kind of gardening is to go back to the original, Jeavons' "How to Grow More Vegetables."

At least one of their food preservation recipes can kill you -- not a good sign. And not all urban areas are the kinda of high density environments they envision.

Finally, I felt the last two chapters were particularly off-putting even though I was barely skimming the book by then. If gardening doesn't nurture your soul, than no amount of art projects and personal alters are going to make homesteading the right choice for you, and have nothing whatsoever to do with homesteading. They were, however, very evocative of a certain "hippy dippy" No Cal crowd, to borrow a phrase from another reviewer.

In summary: if you are interested in a broad review of the topic, are a beginner, and live in VERY urban area with forgiving oceanic climate like Northern California, this book will be a great choice for you. For the rest of us... not so much.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It is a good book, if you are just starting homesteading in ... 3. Mai 2017
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It is a good book, if you are just starting homesteading in an urban environment. In other words, it is too basic for someone like me who has been doing it for a long time. If you are new to it, I recommend it with one BIG exception. That is the section where it discusses bees. First of all, most pollination by bees is NOT done by honey bees. Most pollination is done by native bees and other native pollinators, such as the Great Black wasp, in my area of the nation. Honey bees are not native to the US and while they are shipped all over the US and people worry so much about them, the fact is that it is the natives that we should be worried about, because Europe is doing more for their own natives (the honey bees) than we are and if they die off here, we can import more, but importing natives is not an option if we kill our bees and other pollinators. If I sound passionate about the subject it is because my number one concern are the native pollinators, which is why my yard is a certified wildlife habitat in the middle of a town of lawns. Ten years ago I could only find two bumblebee and a few of the little ones, now there are hundreds of many kinds.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Giddy with excitement when reading this book 3. Mai 2011
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I only bought this book as a protest against the Dervais family's copyright of the phrase Urban Homesteading (I also bought another wonderful book here - The Urban Homestead. Anyway, as I began to read this book, I was really sucked in by the wonderful photos and ideas about things I can do here on my own homestead. I highly recommend this book. Lots of great info and ideas. I have never been so invigorated and excited.

The only negative I would give this book is not really a negative at all. With so much information, and so many ideas, it's hard to know "where do I start", but that's what I have ThoughtOffice for, right?

I was inspired by the section which teaches us how to transform our ornamental or boring yards into food production area - starting with bringing life to the soil.

Just this week I made the ricotta cheese with organic whole milk. Best. Ricotta. Ever. Absolutely MADE the lasagna (although it was an amazing recipe - (Google: "World's Best Lasagna"). I am looking forward to making the cultured butter (I now make regular, non-cultured butter from organic whole cream, which is delicious). The nice thing about cultured butter is that the buttermilk, which is a byproduct, can be used to culture cheese, make buttermilk pancakes, bread, dressing ect. Non-cultured buttermilk cannot.
I have the 2 specialty ingredients for feta cheese on order and cannot wait to stop paying for store bought, bland feta. Our household goes through a lot of feta - this is going to be a very good thing. Tomorrow I make mozzarella cheese (not in the book, but it's easy to find directions online, and it uses much of the same things you use to make the dairy recipes in the book).

I have been rereading the section on bee-keeping, raising rabbits, preserving and storing food, and many others which I won't bore you with. Bottom line - get this book. You'll be happy you did.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not the best book on this subject 31. März 2012
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This was not a bad book, and if it is the first book you have read on this subject it probably won't be nearly as disappointing for you as it was for me. My problem was that there are just so many books out there that are better than this. Most of the time when I am interested in a subject I can breeze through any book about it in a day or so, but this took almost a week for me to get through.

This is a decent 'ideas' book on urban homesteading, but The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! or The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading are both much better, and they both contain a great deal more substance too. If you get interested in one of the projects in these books there is enough information most of the time to get you started. And if you decide to raise livestock then The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: Choose the Best Breeds for Small-Space Farming, Produce Your Own Grass-Fed Meat, Gather Fresh ... Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cattle, & Bees is a great book to learn about your options and decide what kind you want, although you would still need more information than it provides for the specific animals you want to raise.

If you want a 'project' book, then Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World and DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle are both much more complete, and the first one is also a good 'ideas' book.

If you just want the 'why' of it, which is what this book's main aim seems to be, then Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living is much better, and is also a pretty good project and ideas book. Their blog is also informative.

All of these are also more organized, as in you can actually find things when you go to the table of contents without having to keep paging forward and skimming until you find what you want. There are all also a great deal less self-righteous and well... goofy. I don't mind philosophy, but I like it to be evenly balanced with science. I even agree with most of the philosophy in this book (although not all). I just don't need to pay for a lecture. I wanted information, and while there is some, as one reviewer noted, you will have to find it. And what information there is in one or all of these other books too. For me, this one was a waste of time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A thorough homesteading treatise from a somatic psychologist's viewpoint!!! 18. Juni 2011
Von Benjamin B - Veröffentlicht auf
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I've only skimmed through the hands-on sections of this book, and though some of the projects are brief (as any all-encompassing homesteading book's are), this book is Amazing for various other reasons...

I usually break things down into 3 categories: the WHAT, the HOW, and the WHY... In this case: "What" the book offers in the way of physical projects. "How" the book reads. And last, but very-much-not-least, "Why" the book was written and "Why" someone should start or continue down the homesteading path...

The WHAT of this book, like I mentioned above, is far ranging while not going toooo far into details about anything... Which is good. This book would be 1000+ pages if it had. To learn about further resources on any of the subjects mentioned in the book, read the bibliography in the back... It's well categorized, and easy to follow.

The HOW of this book is fantastic! Really a delight to read! It's a balanced collage of well-written texts, beautiful glossy photos, and informative diagrams aesthetically-placed throughout... Flip to any page or read it front to back, either way I loved it...

The WHY behind this book is the most amazing of all... Because it's written from Rachel's background as a somatic psychologist, it is packed with ways-of-being that holistically help individuals make the transition from "mainstream" culture to a sustainable homesteader's way of life... And it's done well! ... I believe she wrote this book from a very deep place in her heart, and is here to assist our society's evolution into a new era of love, community, and happiness... A lot of the "stuff" that gets in the way of personal and societal change is explained in the beginnings of the book, and methods are brought to the light to learn better how to thrive in this new world... Toward the back of the book, Rachel's "Self Care" section really explains how we can nourish and be good to ourselves and those around us during the process... I feel all warm and fuzzy inside just thinking of the possibilities here... ; )

All in all, I greatly recommend this book to young adults looking for a more wholesome and fun way to live, activists, newcomers of the homesteader's movement, and seasoned veterans who may need a boost in the WHY's and HOW's to go about continuing... (and anyone else with an inkling that there may be something more to this life than what's being offered by our consumerist culture.)

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