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Title:
So you want to be a modern homesteader? : all the dirt on living the good life / Kirsten Lie-Nielsen.
ISBN:
9780865718913
Publication Information:
Gabriola Island, British Columbia : New Society Publishers, 2018.

©2019
Physical Description:
xii, 153 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Abstract:
"The dream of rural living can be romantic and rewarding, it is also packed with challenges. So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader? offers an in-depth "look before you leap" examination of what you need to consider before moving "back to the land.""-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Summary

The "look before you leap" guide to the joys and pitfalls of the rural good life.

Dreams of self-sufficiency, independence, and tranquility continue to pull in a new generation of modern homesteaders. While growing your own food and being in charge of your life is the source of much satisfaction, there are many challenges to living away from modern conveniences.

Written by an experienced modern homesteader who successfully made the leap, So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader? offers an in-depth examination of what you need to consider before moving "back to the land." Drawing from a deep well of experience, this essential guide covers:

Romance versus the reality of rural living Finding the right property Building versus bootstrapping Practical "must-have" skills Earning an income and farming on a budget Creating community Seasonal living Children and schooling Social media, the internet and rural life.

Whether you are dreaming of moving to the country for peace and an escape from the daily grind, to provide a different lifestyle for your children, or you're already long-established in the country, this complete and realistic guide is the essential resource to help you achieve success as a modern homesteader.


Author Notes

Kirsten Lie-Nielsen is a farmer and writer restoring a 200-year old farm in Liberty, Maine. She is the author of The Modern Homesteaders Guide, to Keeping Geese, writes about homesteading for Grit, Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry, and Hobbyfarms.com, and blogs about the good life at hostilevalleyliving.com.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
1 Preparing for Rural Lifep. 1
2 Skills and Resources for Rural Livingp. 13
3 Earning an Incomep. 31
4 Finding Propertyp. 45
5 Infrastructure and Equipment Basics: Sorting Needs from Wantsp. 57
6 Creating Communityp. 75
7 Seasonal Livingp. 85
8 Raising and Educating Children on the Homesteadp. 109
9 Connectivity and Social Mediap. 123
10 Rewards of Rural Livingp. 137
Indexp. 149
About the Authorp. 153
About New Society Publishersp. 156