Teaching Homesteading--in a Nutshell

| 10/10/2012 11:55:53 AM

Tags: homesteading book, growing food, local food, heritage breed animals, composting, beekeeping, gardening, fresh milk, backyard chickens, nutrient dense food, Dutch Belted cows, Narragansett turkeys nutritious food organic garden, storing food, fermenting, canning food, herbs, perennials, , Mary Lou Shaw,

As someone who grows most of the food I eat, I seem to alternate between sometimes feeling isolated from the rest of society and other times feeling that too many people want to come talk, visit and learn. The latter situation does delight me in many ways—I really want people to grow some of their own food and eat healthier. But what took my husband and me dozens of years to learn can’t be told succinctly. That’s especially true when we have our hands and minds busy with the daily work on the farm. 

Because I enjoy writing and teaching, I began putting this knowledge into the local newspaper as short, bi-weekly articles. Once I covered everything from planting seeds to seed savings, composting, preserving food, beekeeping and having heritage-breed animals, I figured I had about covered the basics. 

At a friend’s suggestion, I then sent these essays with photos from our farm to a small Ohio publisher. For the last year and a half these have been nurtured into a book which has just been published. 

I’m happy with the results and I find it perfect for giving the basics of homesteading to others. It has been valuable in explaining to neighbors and family what and why we live as we do. Most important to me, it helps others who want to grow their own food find a place to begin. And as David Kline, the author and naturalist said, it helps “romance young people into farming.” 

The following is about this book:  

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