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Homegrown & Handmade : A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living

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A modern approach to homesteading--no farm required

Food recalls, dubious health claims, scary and shocking ingredients in health and beauty products. Our increasingly industrialized supply system is becoming more difficult to navigate, more frightening, and more frustrating, leaving us feeling stuck choosing in many cases between the lesser of several evils.

Author Deborah Niemann offers healthier, more empowering choices, by showing us how to reclaim links in our food and purchasing chains, to make choices that are healthier for our families, ourselves, and our planet.

In this fully updated and revised edition of Homegrown and Handmade, Deborah shows how making things from scratch and growing some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life.

Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it's packed with answers and solutions to help you rediscover traditional skills, take control of your food from seed to plate, and much more.

This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful, self-taught modern homesteader, this well-illustrated, practical, and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a more empowered life.

Deborah Niemann presents and teaches extensively on topics ranging from soapmaking to livestock care. She and her family raise livestock for meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables. Deborah is also the author of Raising Goats Naturally.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 185 x 229 x 22.86mm | 29g
  • Gabriola Island, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Second Edition
  • 0865718466
  • 9780865718463
  • 63,910

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A modern approach to homesteading - no farm required



...buy this book, read it and then go do something. You are not alone. Mentors to help you along the way are out here.-- Joel Salatin, from the Foreword







Dreaming of a mindful life? Niemann's advice on gardening, cooking, orcharding, raising livestock, and much more demonstrates that it's possible to begin the journey in your own backyard. -- Rebecca Martin, Managing Editor, Mother Earth News







FOOD RECALLS, dubious health claims, scary and shocking ingredients in health and beauty products. Our increasingly industrialized supply system is becoming more difficult to navigate, more frightening, and more frustrating, leaving us feeling stuck choosing in many cases between the lesser of several evils.







In this fully updated and revised edition of Homegrown and Handmade, author Deborah Niemann offers healthier, more empowering choices, by showing us how to reclaim links in our food and purchasing chains, to make choices that are healthier for our families, ourselves, and our planet. Along the way, she shows how making things from scratch and growing some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life.







Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it's packed with answers and solutions to help you rediscover traditional skills, take control of your food from seed to plate, and much more.







Deborah Niemann presents and teaches extensively on topics ranging from soapmaking to livestock care. She and her family raise livestock for meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables. Deborah is also the author of Raising Goats Naturally.







Wherever you are on your journey toward a more self-reliant lifestyle, Homegrown and Handmade provides practical guidance and gentle encouragement to help you make the choices that work best for you. -- Victoria Redhed Miller, author, Pure Poultry and Craft Distilling
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Table of contents

Introduction
* Health
* Safety
* Quality
* Ethics
* Sustainability
* Frugality
* Entertainment
* Personal pride
* Getting started
Part one: The sustainable garden
Chapter 1: Planning the Sustainable Garden
* What do you need
* What will you grow
* How much will you grow
Chapter 2: Growing the Sustainable Garden
* Composting
* Vermicomposting
* Vertical gardening
* Organic solutions
* Seed saving
* Growing herbs indoors
* Growing sprouts
* Extending the tomato harvest
* Winter gardening
Chapter 3: Cooking from the sustainable garden
* Tomatoes
* Recipe: Creamy Heirloom Tomato Soup
* Recipe: Gazpacho
* Step-by-step canning
* Recipe: Pizza Sauce
* Recipe: Canned Salsa
* Peppers
* Recipe: Pickled Peppers
* Green beans
* Recipe: Pickled Green Beans
* Fermenting foods
* Recipe: Sauerkraut
* Recipe: Fermented Peppers or salsa
* Herbs
* Recipe: Iced Lemon Spearmint Tea
* Root cellar vegetables
* Recipe: Homemade Ginger Ale
Part two: The backyard orchard
Chapter 4: Planning the backyard orchard
* What do you need
* What will you grow
Chapter 5: Growing the backyard orchard
* Planting
* Watering
* Mulching
* Pruning
Chapter 6: Cooking from the backyard orchard
* Freezing berries
* Canning fruit
* Recipe: Caramel Apple Butter
* Recipe: Canned Pears
Part three: The backyard poultry flock
Chapter 7: Planning the backyard poultry flock (added info on ducks for eggs)
* What do you need
* What will you raise
Chapter 8: Raising the backyard poultry flock (added info on ducks for eggs)
* Brooding
* Coop management
* Laying
* Feeding
* Injury prevention and treatment
Chapter 9: Raising the Backyard Poultry Flock for Meat
* Chickens
* Turkeys
* Ducks and geese
Chapter 10: Cooking from the Backyard Poultry Flock
* Eggs
* Recipe: Quick Quiche (gluten-free alternatives added)
* Recipe: Creme Brulee Pie (gluten-free alternatives added)
* Recipe: Mayonnaise
* Recipe: Brioche
* Recipe: Noodles
* Meat
* Recipe: Chicken soup
* Recipe: Turkey stroganoff
* Recipe: Bone broth
Part four: The home dairy
Chapter 11: Planning the home dairy
* Cows
* Goats
* Sheep
* Herd animals
* Pasture or dry lot
* Bedding
* Feeding
* Minerals and supplements
* Breeding males
* Babies
* Veterinary care
* Milking equipment
* Breeds
* Buying dairy animals
Chapter 12: Managing the Home Dairy
* Natural dairy management
* Training a milker
* Milking by hand
* Milking by machine
* Health basics
* Natural parasite control
* Birthing
* Pasteurization (added info on raw milk benefits)
Chapter 13: Producing from the Home Dairy
* Butter
* Buttermilk
* Yogurt
* Cheese
* Recipe: Chevre
* Recipe: Queso Blanco
* Recipe: Ricotta
* Recipe: Easy Mozzarella
* Recipe: Feta
* Soap
* Recipe: Castile soap
* Recipe: Gardener's scrub bar
* Recipe: Facial soap
Part five: Homegrown Pork
Chapter 14: Planning for pigs
* Choosing a breed
* Housing
* Fencing

Chapter 15: Living with pigs
* Diet
* Breeding
* Farrowing
* Castrating - or not
Chapter 16: Cooking with pork and lard
* Benefits of lard
* Rendering lard
* Recipe: Pork breakfast skillet
Part six: Homegrown Sweeteners
Chapter 17: Maple syrup
Chapter 18: Beekeeping
Part seven: The home fiber flock
Chapter 19: Planning and managing the home fiber flock
* Choosing fiber animals
* Rabbits
* Goats and sheep
* Llamas and alpacas
* Bedding
* Shearing
* Breeding
* Veterinary care
* Feeding and supplements
Chapter 20: Producing from the home fiber flock
* Processing fiber
* Felting
* Project: Felted soap
* Spinning
* Knitting
* Project: Scarf
Part eight: Homegrown Business
Chapter 21: Selling raw agricultural products
* Fiber
* Eggs
* Milk
* Meat
* Fruits and vegetables
* Honey
* Maple syrup
Chapter 22: Selling value-added products
* Yarn, leather, clothing
* Cheese, butter, yogurt
* Soap
* Meat products
* Prepared foods
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Review quote

Budding homesteaders who want to live simpler, healthier, and more self-sufficient lives will treasure this updated edition of Niemann's encyclopedic reference. The additional material on operating a home-based business is worth the price of admission alone. Dreaming of a mindful life? Niemann's advice on gardening, cooking, orcharding, raising livestock, and much more demonstrates that it's possible to begin the journey in your own backyard. -- Rebecca Martin, Managing Editor, Mother Earth News



...buy this book, read it and then go do something. You are not alone. Mentors to help you along the way are out here. -- Joel Salatin, from the Foreword



Our beautiful world would be such a healthier and happier place if every home treasured a well-thumbed edition of this book! Whether the desire is to simply grow a few veggies or to fulfill the much grander vision of producing meats and dairy products, fruits, preserves and natural fibre products, Deborah has shared her vast extent of knowledge and experience in a way that is instantly accessible. Whether it be growing pigs or pumpkins, making cheese or felting wool, I can find out all I need to know with the turn of a page. Simply -- I love this book! -- Jenni Blackmore, author, Permaculture for the Rest of Us and The Food Lover's Garden



I am so impressed with this new edition of Homegrown and Handmade. Deborah Niemann has shown once again not just her wide range of skills and experience, but also her curiosity and ongoing willingness to learn. Having grown up with a mom who cooked from scratch, I deeply appreciate Deborah's emphasis on cooking for ourselves, as well as the numerous recipes included. Not everyone has the room or the time to raise their own food crops or meat or dairy animals, but everyone does have choices about what and how they eat. Wherever you are on your journey toward a more self-reliant lifestyle, Homegrown and Handmade provides practical guidance and gentle encouragement to help you make the choices that work best for you. -- Victoria Redhed Miller, author, Pure Poultry and Craft Distilling



Deborah Niemann is the real homesteading deal. She walks the talk and practices what she preaches, all of which authentically and vividly comes through in the engaging pages of Homegrown and Handmade. A treasure-trove of seasoned advice and resources, this book will serve as "idea fuel" for your homesteading journey. -- Lisa Kivirist, author of Soil Sisters
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About Deborah Niemann

Deborah Niemann: is a homesteader, writer, self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she relocated her family from the suburbs of Chicago to a 32 acre parcel on a creek "in the middle of nowhere." Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provides fruit and vegetables. A highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader, Deborah presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, breadbaking, cheesemaking, composting and homeschooling.
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