Welcome back to part two of “So You Want to be a Homesteader” series. In part one, I mentioned having good resource materials to refer to as you research homesteading. In this installment , I will give you a list of my favorite resources. These are the books and magazines where I gather reliable information on what ever we are dealing with on the farm. The list in not in any way all inclusive. If you have a resource that I don’t mention, please feel free to mention it in the comments. We can all keep learning new ideas that way!
Grit Magazine and Mother Earth News- I consider these two to be necessities. The articles are always timely and well researched. Even the advertisements are interesting!
Mary Jane’s Farm- It’s just fun to be part of the community on Mary Jane’s Farm. This magazine is mostly geared to women but the information is universal. Its full of encouragement and advice for living the simple life.
Chickens Magazine – published by I-5 publishing this magazine is a go-to resource for chicken keeping. Articles are written by reliable sources and the topics are seasonal. I think this magazine is worth the price of a subscription.
Backyard Poultry- Countryside Publications. Another good resource in the chicken keeping category.
Urban Farm, Hobby Farm Magazine and Hobby Farm Home Magazine. I highly recommend all three of thee publications. Pertinent information on country living from I-5 publishing. Recipes, how to sections, well written articles and great pictures.
Backyard Farming on an Acre (more or less) by Angela England. Absolutely a must have for your bookshelf. This is an all inclusive guide to rural living. Never preachy and always clear, England covers just about anything you would want to discuss on homesteading, small farming, and animal husbandry.
these guides are specific to the breed of animal that you have. Before bringing home any animal I do suggest borrowing or purchasing the Storey guide for that species.
Hobby Farm guides to (insert animal type) Similar to Storey’s guides but perhaps a little less in-depth.
Vertical Vegetable Gardening by Chris McLaughlin.
After you learn some basic information on growing vegetable plants, try your hand at vertical gardening. Even if you have 100 acres, being knowledgeable about growing your plants up, will save your back and perhaps give you a better harvest.
The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading by Nicole Faires. Skyhorse publishing. Not only an encyclopedic volume on all things Homesteading, but wonderful full color photographs too. Includes sections on home crafts, home health topics and automotive care. Great book.
The bookshelf may be your only resource some days when you can’t reach the vet or anyone else who may be able to help with advice. Borrow the books at first, if you cannot afford to purchase right away. Decide which ones are your favorites and then try to purchase those. Many of these magazines also offer a kindle or e-reader format.
(note to my readers- I apologize for the appearance of my pictures in this article. I am having trouble with some of the settings on my camera. When I can, I intend to replace these “not so good” pictures with some better ones. Thanks for your understanding)
Now it’s your turn! Do you have a favorite magazine or guide to Homestead Living? Share in the comments.
Next up in the series- What animal should I start with?