homesteading farm booksWhere to start your homestead? How do you begin? Farm books can be a good resource for where to start, and all along the way.  Here are some of the farm books in our library that we’ve found most helpful.

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All purpose starter books for the homestead:

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Joel Salatin   You Can Farm  


Albert Bates  The Biochar Solution

Paul Taylor & Hugh McLaughlin The Biochar Revolution

Jeff Fry    Biochar for Home Gardeners (Kindle e-book)

Vegetable Production:

Eliot Coleman  Four Season Harvest

The New Organic Grower, 3rd Edition: A Manual of Tools and Techniques

The Winter Harvest Handbook       

Suzanne Ashworth   Seed to Seed

Andrea Wulf    Founding Gardeners  

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Pat Coleby  Natural Cattle Care

Hubert Karreman   Four Seasons Organic Cow Care

Phillip Hasheider    The Family Cow Handbook

Joel Salatin    Salad Bar Beef

See also Reader’s Digest Back to Basics


Pat Coleby    Natural Goat Care

Belanger & Bredesen   Storey’s Guide to Raising Goats


Joel Salatin   Pastured Poultry Profits

Harvey Ussery  The Small-Scale Chicken Flock: An all natural approach to raising chickens and fowl


Pat Coleby   Natural Sheep Care


Brian Polcyn & Michael Ruhlman Charcuterie


John Mettler Jr.     Basic Butchering

Adam Danforth & Joel Salatin  Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork

See also Reader’s Digest Back to Basics