Owner-Built Homestead Completely Updated and Revised
Authors: Barbara and Ken Kern
Publisher/Date: Charles Scribner's Sons (c. 1974) Updated and Revised Edition, c. 1977
Format/Condition: Used hardcover book with dust jacket in Near Fine condition: light edgewear, barely noticeable; back DJ flap has a crease. Not price clipped. Binding good; textblock strong; pages clean and unmarked. 324 pages, glossary, index. Dimensions: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Illustrated in black-and-white.
Description: Homesteading is small-scale, intensive agriculture with a self-reliant attitude. Since the 1970s-when this book was first published-countless numbers have flocked to the countryside in search of self-sufficiency and refuge from cities and suburbs. This is the book that guided them.
Written in simple, direct language, "The Owner-Built Homestead" contains volumes of information about various aspects of settling and farming the land, including vegetable gardening, raising animals, maintaining a fish pond, harvesting trees, and building a green house. This book encourages a modest, country life of self-reliance and at least partial economic self-sufficiency. In addition to agrarians and full-time homesteaders, it will appeal to backyard gardeners, weekend country folk, and city-bound ecologists alike.
The book begins with a discussion of the mindset and attitudes essential to successful homesteading, followed by 24 fully-illustrated chapters of advice and instruction for sensible farming practices. Subjects include selecting and laying out a homestead site, with instructions for building roads, fences, a shop and a pit greenhouse; developing and managing water and soil resources; planting crops; tree and woodland production; animal and fish care; sanitation; and important information about nutrition.
Ken and Barbara Kern were firm believers in the enduring value of the homestead life. Here, they reveal their own experiences in a book that will be invaluable to anyone who shares their passions and beliefs.