Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Homegrown & Handmade

As the world becomes less and less economically and environmentally sustainable, books like Homegrown & Handmade by Deborah Niemann shows us how to make things from scratch and try growing some of your food which can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life. 

Our food system is dominated by industrial agriculture, and has become economically and environmentally unsustainable. The incidence of diet-related diseases including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and heart disease has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels. Whether you have 40 acres and a mule or a condo with a balcony, you can do more than you think to safeguard your health, your money and the planet.
  • Take control of your food supply from seed to plate
  • Raise small and medium livestock for fun, food and fiber
  • Rediscover traditional skills to meet more of your family’s needs than you ever thought possible.
This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful, self-taught modern homesteader, this well-illustrated, practical and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a simpler life.

I do not have the outside space for cows, goats, pigs and chickens (though I sincerely wish I did, and am still working on my dad to let us use his yard), I found a lot of useful tips from Homegrown & Handmade.  We have made our own noodles from local eggs, made our own Ginger Ale (which is amazing) and we are even perfecting our homemade Castille soap (which is super moisturizing and great for skin conditions like eczema).

Each chapter tells you how to grown your own garden, raise your own livestock, and then how to use them in parts of your life with easy-to-follow recipes.  It helps us to realize how very exciting and easy, self-reliant living can be.  I am channeling my inner Beekman boys and hoping to make our carbon-footprint a little bit smaller.

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