The City Homesteader
Self-Sufficiency on Any Square Footage
By Scott Meyer
(Running Press, Paperback, 9780762440856, 272pp.)
Publication Date: April 2011
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The City Homesteader is the handbook for the world of self-sufficient living. It's about living tangibly in a virtual world. It's about being resourceful, saving money, reducing consumption, and increasing self-reliance. Join the many who are raising backyard chickens in the city and tilling their side yards: tapping into natural energy, managing homes more efficiently, and getting back to the earth.
Explore the homesteading arts: gardening on small and large scales, raising dwarf fruit trees, sprouting grains, smoking meats and fish, grinding grains for flour, making cheese, making wine, cellaring, heating without fossil fuel, harvesting rainwater, composting, and much moreThe City Homesteader provides all the basics, including how to find supplies and step-by-step instructions that make it easy to follow along. Original illustrations throughout help you create your very own homestead on any piece of earth.
Scott Meyer is a former editor of Organic Gardening for Rodale, and a frequent writer of all varieties of do-it-yourself. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2011
A basic guide to greener living filled with easy-to-follow instructions that can be implemented in any size home.
Wall Street Journal, 5/7/11
“It’s a cheerfully designed guide... The technologies that the book touts are delightfully retro (nothing says low-tech like cheesecloth) and are rendered in appropriate folk-art scribbles. In its mix of breezy, cartoon-illustrated directions for activities that we, as a society, have generally forgotten how to do, it is a sort of "Dangerous Book for Boys" for grown-ups.”
“…concise and readable guide to getting the most green out of small spaces.”
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), May 8, 2011 Sunday
“Meyer offers a return-to-the-land manifesto for the urban and suburban crowd.”
The Denver Post, 5/13/11
"Self-sufficiency beckons. Whether you've caught the urban-homesteading bug, support the local-foods movement or simply want some fresh ideas for doing more with less, Scott Meyer's new book, "The City Homesteader" can help. The author was on staff at Organic Gardening magazine for more than two decades and has compiled an easy-to-follow guide to everything from starting seeds to foraging in the wild."
BookPage, June 2011
“…sensible and simple instructions for a wide range of skills…. Author Scott Meyer…presents options for any level of experience and commitment.”
Midwest Book Review, June 2011
“For anyone who is looking to make their drain on the world a little less, “The City Homesteader” is an excellent read, well worth considering.” Dallas Morning News
“a nice dose of can-do, with a feel-good kicker… Never preachy and always informational, the book also manages to be inspirational, in the way a good coffee klatch with a pal can be. Within a few dozen pages the reader is convinced it all makes good sense, no matter whether one lives in an apartment, tract house or yurt….Meyer’s voice, not unlike that of a favorite uncle, is witty, wise, never self-congratulatory and totally enabling. Want to keep a few backyard chickens? Here’s how. Start a garden, sure, here’s how to do it. The tips are generous, the how-to simple, the encouragement genuine.”