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5 Acres & A Dream the Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 30 nov 2013

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Leigh Tate homesteads five acres in the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains with her husband Dan. Their goals are simpler, sustainable, more self-reliant living, and a return to agrarian values. In addition to critter keeping, gardening, food preservation, cheese making, and woodstove cookery, Leigh loves to write about homesteading. She is the author of the popular 5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead, an eBook series entitled The Little Series of Homestead How-Tos, and Critter Tales : What my homestead critters have taught me about themselves, their world, and how to be a part of it. Her ongoing homestead adventures can be read at her blog, 5 Acres & A Dream The Blog.

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5.0 su 5 stelle A "MUST READ" 20 dicembre 2013
Di K. Solliday - Pubblicato su
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Although I (seriously) have more than a thousand books in my non-fiction library, I rarely write reviews. I'm not sure why - I am an English teacher living on a 40 acre farm and I have actually READ all of the books I have from cover to cover (really). However, I am making an exception for this book - I couldn't put it down. It was fantastic reading from beginning to end. Now, part of the reason I might have liked it so much (disclaimer) is because, like the author, I am also middle-aged... but I truly think the reason it resonated with me was because it is an honest telling of both the good and the frustrating times the author had trying to carve out their farmstead. If you are looking for a step by step "How To" book, this isn't the one for you (although you should still buy it and read it, because it WILL help you). If you are looking for an honest look at the types of experiences one might have while trying to establish a homestead, and how one couple went about dealing with everything, this is IT!!!! I have loaned out my copy to several neighbors already, and they loved it too. We are all hoping there is more to come from this author.
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5.0 su 5 stelle 5 Acres and a Dream: From Fantastic Blog to Fantastic Book 13 dicembre 2013
Di Garrett Alley - Pubblicato su
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5 Acres and a Dream is a fantastic blog, one I've been reading for a couple of years now. I've always been impressed with homesteader Leigh's (and husband Dan's) measured, logical approach. When a problem presents itself, they research and come up with the best solution for them.

When I first got a hint that maybe a book was in the works I was excited and also a bit curious. Would it just be another book about how to homestead? How much of Leigh and Dan would be in the book? Would it simply be a collection of posts from the blog?

Alas, I had nothing to worry about. The book is outstanding!

Sure, the book talks a lot about homesteading, and there are even some recipes included. The footnotes and reference section provide a wealth of further reading and information.

But where the book shines best is where the author talks about their mindset and relates their thought process -- what brought them to each decision they made.

I did not buy this book strictly as a "how to" manual for homesteading. Rather, I wanted to know more about Leigh and Dan's experience, more about the road that brought them here. But don't get me wrong, you could certainly do worse for homesteading information -- the book is stuffed full of hints, tips, and handy references for everything from cheesemaking to forestry. Often, Leigh includes alternatives or options for other ways to produce, grow, fix, or care for various components of the homestead.

And where other books can come across as preachy or condescending, 5 Acres and a Dream: the Book has a friendly, helpful tone. The author talks about why they made the decisions they made, but does not chastise those that haven't made the same choices.

She talks about what worked and what did not. She mentions their failures, rather than painting the whole experience in the rosy "DIY" light that we get on television and most other books on the subject.

I loved this book! And it's a beauty, certainly worthy of your bookshelf. Leigh packed the book with dozens and dozens of photos, really bringing their homestead to life. The writing's concise and the layout is so well done. Often, self-published books fall victim to layout/structural issues, but Leigh (as usual!) did her homework and devoted a year to getting it right. Yes, true to her philosophy, she did everything herself rather than hiring out the various parts of production. That meant learning many new opensource software programs and diving into self-publishing head first. The results speak for themselves.

I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Good resource 28 gennaio 2014
Di S. Campbell - Pubblicato su
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This book looks at self sufficiency a little differently than other resources I've seen. For one, the author is open about sharing what worked, what didn't work and what they'd like to try in the future. That honesty allows you to take from their experience and use what you need. Their level of commitment is very high but she doesn't expect yours to be and I liked that very much - it's not gloating and self-congratulatory. It's well indexed so you can refer to the information that's pertinent or you can do as I did and read it straight through - like a book :) Nice job and worth the purchase.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Great Read -- Inspirational, Interesting, But Not a DIY Manual 24 gennaio 2015
Di Joseph G. Wick - Pubblicato su
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This book is an excellent read for those interested in self-sufficiency and the simple, rural life. Rather than a manual, it is a memoir regarding a couple of empty nesters (age 40-60?) who search for and find a small property to facilitate a satisfying and more simple life.

Unlike the majority of "homesteaders" who are young and, perhaps, more affluent, this book sets forth a work in progress which seems to move forward despite a huge lack of capital, a shorter time horizon than the young possess, and a husband who still engages in substantial off-premises work. Although the homestead is in the Appalachians the book as a certain New England flavor.

Swirling through this memoir are thoughts about the various philosophies and motivations felt by others and those of the authors. In particular the chapter on "Obstacles" is a nice discussion on the couple's foundational values and our consumerist society in general.

This is not a do-it-yourself manual, at least in so far as it describes establishing a homestead. The author is candid about her and her husband's limitations and mistakes. It is hard not to second guess a few of their decisions. That is not to say that they don't accomplish a lot and do some very smart things in a relatively short period.

However, they tend to sort of lurch into some situations. One I found sadly funny is their decision to raise animals. The author recounts the old farm saying that you should never name animals you may have to eat or kill. Yet, all the edible animals seem to have names. She recounts their nerves and misgivings regarding dispatching a rooster and the great deal of wasted effort to save a goat. She sort of proves the point to not giving them names, by suffering accordingly.

Nevertheless, I agree with all these rave reviews. The book is a well-written, easy read with a number of black and white pictures to "put you in the place." It is filled with a lot of interesting facts which would be useful to any other homesteader. The author's ruminations on their view of society and their own reasons for homesteading are very personal yet food for anyone's thought. On balance, I find this one of the best reads on homesteading if you are not searching for a "manual." Also, the book includes a plethora of references and suggested readings plus a short appendix of "country" recipes that look worth trying.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Very Informative 16 gennaio 2014
Di csblethen - Pubblicato su
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Very well written and informative. Leigh is a no nonsense writer who wrights the success and the failures and also does plenty of research on her subject. This book is good for anyone thinking of starting a small homestead or anyone like me that just enjoys reading about homesteading. I read her blog faithfully and immediately ordered her book the first day it was available. Carolyn from Georgia

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