Rachel Kaplan K. Ruby Blume
- Title: Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living
- Author: Rachel Kaplan K. Ruby Blume
- ISBN: 9781616080549
- Page: 245
- Format: Paperback
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 liThe 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 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.a
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Urban Homesteading, by Rachel Kaplan with K. Ruby Blume, is a breath of fresh air in the usually stuffy room of gardening and homesteading literature. Don't get me wrong --- I adore books by Paul Stamets, Steve Solomon, and others, but these texts tend to be written by, for, and about middle class, white, straight people. Urban Homesteading highlights ideas that are applicable to everyone, and the stunning photos in the book back that theme up.The case studies sprinkled throughout Urban Homestea [...]
Urban Homesteading Heirloom Skills for Sustainable LivingRachel Kaplan with K. Ruby BlumePublished by SkyHorse PublishingSource: Review CopyI often hear people mention they can’t wait to get out into the country to start homesteading. With the information in this book, you can start homesteading right where you are living now. The first 4 chapters are much like a text book on topics like global warming, your carbon footprint and resources. A good lead in to urban farming but I wanted to get in [...]
The book has wonderfully rich and colorful photos that detail models of a variety of urban homesteads - a.k.a. backyard gardens and farms, including layouts and diagrams. The book was a bit over the top and philosphically hippie dippie for me, but there were a lot of great ideas in the presented. It very much emphasized the Northern California geographical and cultural region, so a lot of the ideas did not seem as plausible for other parts of the US that have harsher winters, as well as truly ur [...]
Great intro to permaculture, especially the ethical & holistic nature of that system. And if you like woowoo kinda earth spirituality, you'll love this. But I pretty quickly ran out of patience, and this felt like a whole lot of blahblahblah. Written by California hippies who live in sprawling cities where every home has a yard, where people own their homes, and where you already have access to a "local neighborhood seed bank" and a warm, sunny climate all year round. Every few chapters had [...]
This book was full of solid information and it gave me tons of ideas. It was only a little woo-woo and preachy, but some of that comes with the territory. Overall it was pretty solidly grounded in reality (don't be a martyr, only do as much as you can manage, etc) which was a pleasant change from some homesteaders and preppers who only think that 100% is too little to dedicate to saving the earth / freedom from The Man. I borrowed a copy from the library and I think it's something I'll add to my [...]
Usually these types of books encourage methods that are either too extreme or too expensive. This book had neither. It was a wonderful introduction to small, affordable changes that can be made to not only save money but make the world a better place. It was well written, organized well and had fantastic pictures. I also particularly appreciated the additional resources listed in the front and the back of the book.
B+ Really nice book. HUGE focus on gardening, and I wish they would've done more stuff w container in houses gardening. Great tips, how I really want to live, total hippie in a little log cabin with my chickens. They do a lot on urban environments, but I almost feel like if it's suburban. I know two people in NYC with backyards it's not always a possibility. But great book, stuff on canning, composing, seed saving, etc.
I think this book lost me when it suggested peeing in a bucket & dumping it in the compost as a good source of nitrogen. I'm sure it was a useful description of how to do many things but I felt that it was a) over the top, and b) meant to sound scientific but written by non-scientists. Glad it was a library book.
This book is an eloquent treatise on sustainability for city dwellers. It was very inspirational, filled with beautiful pictures, interesting and well written. It is not the encyclopedia of country living but it is a good place to start if you have an interest in permaculture and living a more harmonious, earth-friendly, healthy life.
This book was like main stream permaculture. It had nice pictures and touchy feely graphics and info, but wasn't too interested in the hard to get to information and hands on work. It reminded me of some home renovation shows where you see the work, but know that there are more than 2 people putting the patio in. Nice overview, but not too much behind it.
maybe I have read too many of these recently, but there was nothing outstanding or different in this for me. It is a bit more into community projects rather than individual homesteading.
Mixed feelings. There was a lot of this book that I enjoyed, though I did feel it got preachy toward the end. I kinda thought the self-care section would be about making soap or enjoying your garden, not a particular meditation routine. But it covered subjects I haven't seen in books like this before -- like native building materials and water management. And it had a lot of very good interviews, drawing on many people's expertise.But I think the biggest downside is that the book advertises itse [...]
Gave me hope for the future of our society. Well written and gives us ideas for becoming sustainable and going back to a slower more self-sufficient way of living even in the city.
This was a pretty cool introduction to the concept of living a sustainable lifestyle, with overviews of raising your own produce, meat/eggs, beekeeping, make your own fermented drinks/foods, etc. There are some detailed projects in this book, like how to create your own self-watering containers for vegetables or make your own kimchee.Other parts of this book were interesting but a bit far-fetched, like the section on composting toilets. For example, how about sterilizing your poo by growing a tr [...]
The first few chapters are for skimming in my opinion - the author gets up on her soapbox and is a little patronizing since readers probably won't pick up this book unless they already carry some of these beliefs. However, the rest of the book is a gold mine of tips and instructions on how to get back to the basics in your own backyard - everything from gardening to foraging to building a composting toilet and moving towards a zero waste household. I love that ideas were scaled to different leve [...]
For me, terrible book. It actually was written ok and to be fair I did not finish the book. I wanted a book on urban homesteading: gardening, raising animals, etc. This was a liberals attack on capitalism. There was more information about the political reasons that we should take control of our land than there was actually working the land. And what good information that was there was difficult to find and buried too deep. Again, not to take anything away from the authors, I'm sure they wrote th [...]
A great book on homesteading. I found a lot of useful information in the first half or so but then I think it went into kind of an idealistic direction about how we should all live and work together in harmony. Where I love that idea, it's not exactly realistic. It includes some things on outdoor and natural art which also was lost on me since I'm extremely practical and probably wouldn't build a bench with all my artist friends out of mud and straw. However, it inspired me to look more into mus [...]
Maybe this book deserves 5 stars, but I'll give it 4 because I couldn't read it all. It is kind of like a text book in a way that it has more info than you need but that's good. It seems to cover everything and definitely inspiring. I already started digging up the soil for my first urban garden and will be hooking up some kind of simple grey water system. Also interested in raising chickens and starting a compost, but can't do it all at once. I don't think I'll be bee farming or humanuring but [...]
Particularly focused on community building and permaculture--much more "hippy-dippy" than most homesteading books I've read. But it's surprisingly full of good inspiration for building from reused/reclaimed materials (think of it as a coffee table book for thrifty eco-projects). The section on lactofermentation was particularly enjoyable. The lactofermented mixed berry soda I made this week turned out delicious!
I need to own this book. I checked it out from the library and quickly realized it is a valuable reference book I MUST own! If you have any interest in sustainable living or gardening then you must read this (and own it). Several amazing drawings, pictures, reference charts on items to grow, how to cook and can items (or other ways to store them for the winterots in a cellar)!Such a helpful tool for homesteading in the city!
Well-written, informative, inspiring and practical. Hugely helpful in identifying clear ways any home can become more whole, more earth and community-friendly. Anyone with an interest in homesteading, sustainability here is an excellent place to start gathering ideas and projects.
Not really my "cup of tea." I skimmed this book, so maybe I missed something amazing, but I don't think so. I guess I didn't know what to expect from a book like this but I was grossed out by the "humanure." Sick.
I am enjoying this book, it currently has natural remedies for urbanites. Natural Pest control, wild weeds that are medicinal in your neighborhood, Urban farm kitchen, canning rules, etc just to give you an idea of what the book is about.
Informative and thoroughI really enjoyed this book as I felt it covered a wide range of topics and provided a ton of useful information. It was easy to follow and definitely sparked the ideas for many new projects around my home. Definitely recommend!
An amazing book, and a call to arms against the grinding degradation of these modern times. Albeit surprisingly optimistic. Of course, the co-author is my wife.
I pretty detailed and enlightening book. I plan on keeping it handy as I will be making some changes around my house.
A great introduction.
Not exactly what I was looking for.
First book to use diagrams RE: permaculture that made it all click for me. Love this book and it's rules for sustainable living. Have them posted in my house. Very empowering!
Interesting info, but I am not at the level of commitment it takes to do this right now
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