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The frugal homesteader : living the good life on less / John Moody ; foreword by Joel Salatin.
Publication Information:
Gabriola Island, British Columbia : New Society Publishers, 2018.

Physical Description:
xv, 205 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
"Equip your homesteading dreams with all the affordable DIY innovations, tips, and stories you need to successfully get you started growing your own food, connecting yourself and your kids with nature, and consuming less while producing more! A fun, inspirational, and educational guide to help you save money while living off the land."-- Provided by publisher.


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Achieve your back-to-the-land dreams without breaking the bank

Build your homesteading dreams with all the affordable DIY innovations, tips, and stories you need to successfully launch you on a path to self-sufficiency. Raise and grow your own food, connect with nature, and consume less while producing more!

The Frugal Homesteader is a fun, inspirational, and educational guide filled with a lifetime of learning that comes along with becoming a homesteader. Following dozens of successful families who have been motivated to make do, make new, and make more while saving money and living off the land, this book covers such topics as:

Outfitting your garden Equipping your barn and outbuildings Protecting and providing for your animals Harvesting rainwater Heating with wood Foraging Producing more of what you need to thrive in harder times.

Whether you're just starting out and looking for new, sustainable, and affordable ideas, approaches, and techniques, or you're a small-scale farmer in regenerative agriculture, The Frugal Homesteader is the DIY manual to help you succeed.

Author Notes

John Moody is an award-winning homesteader and farmer. He is the founder of Whole Life Services and CEO of Steader, an online video-based learning platform that brings the best practitioners to guide and inspire those who find the joy in raising and growing their own food. John speaks and presents at homesteading conferences and events, and is a contributor to numerous magazines, journals, and websites, John and his wife, along with their five children live, farm, and homestead on 35 acres in Kentucky. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending select New Society Publishers titles to its readers. This book is one of them. For more information about Mother Earth News, visit

Table of Contents

Joel Salatin
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Money in the Yardp. 2
A Few Tools to Rule Them All: A Basic Tool Boxp. 5
Wheelbarrow or Garden Cart?p. 10
Holidays, Birthdays, and Achieving a Homesteadp. 13
1 In the Gardenp. 15
Small Starts Lead to Success: Garlic in Boxesp. 16
Perennial Cardboard Plant Protectorsp. 19
Easy Raised Beds with Slab, Scrap Wood, Straw Bales, or Concrete Blocksp. 19
The Mess of Hay, Straw, Manure and Compostp. 22
Fencing and Mulching with Sheet Metalp. 23
Mineral Tote Growing Binsp. 26
Growing Up Instead of Out: Plant Cages, Trellising, and Morep. 27
Safety Firstp. 30
Turn Your Homestead Work into Wagesp. 30
Pallet Propagation and Drying Tablesp. 31
Compost underneath the Tablesp. 33
Compostp. 34
Extending the Seasons and Excluding Pests: Low Tunnelsp. 41
Multi-Use Makes a Big Differencep. 42
Simple Garden Gatep. 43
Plastic Baggies and Pantyhosep. 45
Don't Underestimate the Danger of Driftp. 46
Information Box: Turn a Trampoline into Almost Anythingp. 47
Basic Conversionp. 47
Where You Can Go from Herep. 48
2 For Your Animalsp. 51
Fencingp. 52
Keeping Them Fed and Wateredp. 56
Kid-Sized Infrastructurep. 64
Keeping Animals Warm and Dryp. 66
Brooding, Roosting, and Beddingp. 68
Keeping the Bugs at Bayp. 77
Winter-Time Light and Waterp. 81
Information Box: Climbing Ropep. 85
Tire Swingp. 85
Bale Topplingp. 85
Snow Cleaningp. 86
Load Securingp. 87
3 In the Barn and Workshopp. 89
Low-Cost Shelves, Quick Shelvesp. 90
Tool Storagep. 90
"Oiled Sand" to Stop Rust and Protect Your Toolsp. 91
Storing All Your Stuffp. 91
Let There Be Lightp. 98
Information Box: The Many Uses of IBC Totesp. 105
Storing Kindling and Small-Sized Wood Scrapsp. 105
Baker's Green Acre's Animal Feed Storagep. 106
Worm Compostp. 106
Animal Shelter or Chicken Brooderp. 107
So Many Other Usesp. 107
IBC Tote, Plastic Barrel, and Other Material Safety Concernsp. 108
What about a Cage With No Tote?p. 110
4 Outfitting Your Homep. 111
Trading Time for Moneyp. 111
Making Your Own Cleaning Suppliesp. 113
Storing Your Surplus: Sloped Bucket Storage from Scrap Woodp. 114
Can You Store What You Grow?p. 116
Turning Trash into Treasurep. 117
Pieces of Scrap Pipe to Move Heavy Objectsp. 120
Cinder-Block Shelvesp. 120
Two Pairs of Shoesp. 121
Paint Your Entire House for Under a Hundred Bucks?p. 121
Cutting the Cost on Good Clothesp. 122
Finding Appliances and Furniturep. 123
Other Great Places to Grab Furniture-If the Amish Don't Come a-Callingp. 126
Information Box: Greenhouse Plasticp. 127
Covering Wood Pilesp. 127
Solarizing Weedsp. 128
Low Tunnelsp. 129
Cold Frames and Hot Boxesp. 130
5 Becoming More Self-Sufficientp. 131
Foodp. 133
What is the Best Animal?p. 136
Learn Plant Propagationp. 140
Truly Free Food: Foraging from the Homesteadp. 143
Eat Your Yard Out: The Benefits of Edible Landscapingp. 146
Medicinep. 147
Cooking When it Countsp. 149
Waterp. 152
Heatp. 160
Communityp. 168
Information Box: Combining Pieces and Projectsp. 173
Pallets Plus Cattle Panels: Andy Buchler's Animal Shelterp. 173
Sheet Metal or Greenhouse Plastic + IBG Tote Gages for Wood Storagep. 174
Simple Outdoor Storagep. 174
Speeding Up Wood Seasoningp. 175
Caleb's Composite Bowp. 175
6 Sourcing and Resourcesp. 177
Construction Sites and Construction Supply Storesp. 178
Librariesp. 179
Craigslistp. 181
You Have Not Because You Ask Notp. 181
Freecyclep. 182
Facebook and Facebook Marketplacep. 182
Friendsp. 183
Barter Makes Friendships Betterp. 183
Salvage and Restoresp. 184
Pawnshops and Similar Businessesp. 184
Salvage and Tear Downp. 185
Estate Sales, Auctions, and Farm Auctionsp. 185
Online Auctionsp. 186
Thrift Storesp. 187
Roadsides and Parking Lotsp. 187
Your Local Landfill or Recycling Centerp. 188
Automated Online Shoppingp. 188
Acknowledgementsp. 191
Final Notep. 193
Indexp. 195
About the Authorp. 205
About New Society Publishersp. 206