The Seven-Step Homestead contains seven annual steps to making yourself and your family less dependent on expensive grocery stories by growing, and later raising, your own food. We are not talking about a full-blown farm with pigs and cows. However eventually, if you follow the plan, you will have fun, eat the ultimate in locally grown produce, and save some money.
Beginning with a simple one or two bed edible garden and expanding into an entire yard with chickens for eggs, The Seven-Step Homestead covers all your beginning homesteading needs. The details within this book are awesome. The author has done a lot of the hard planning work for you with gardening charts and step by step lists to begin your homesteading odyssey. What’s nice is that the book allows people who are already finished with some of the steps to jump in where they need to advance. It is clearly and concisely organized and can serve as both a workbook and a reference book for any level of gardener.
I also appreciate the honest advice from someone who seems like a knowledgeable friend like chickens don’t save you money and they are very demanding. However, who can pass up a chicken breed named Deathlayer (for its ability to never retire from egg laying until, well death, I guess).
Overall, The Seven-Step Homestead is a great resource for would be homesteaders and just simple gardeners who want to avoid all the hassle of garden planning. 5 stars and a favorite!
Thanks to Storey Publishing and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.