The Backyard Homestead Food on a Quarter Acre

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Backyard Homestead Gardening Book Review


Food from your Backyard

You can’t get much more “local” than you own backyard.

Carleen Madigan’s easy reference guide is one of the best laid out, easiest to use books on sustainable agriculture family style.

Madigan’s approach to self-sufficiency brings options to your food chain.

Broken down into easy-to-understand segments, I love the simplicity of this book!
Chapters to include:

    The Home Vegetable Garden
    Backyard Fruits and Nuts
    Easy fragrant Herbs
    Home Grown Grains
    Poultry for Eggs and Meat
    Meat and Dairy
    Food from the Wild

In addition to overviews of growing and producing your own food, The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! has instructions for making cheese, beer, cider, jerky and more. There’s notes on food preservation including drying, canning, and pickling.

Whether you are an experienced gardener, or just getting started, the gardening guide is a great jumping off point for gardening basics.

I like the author’s comments on the introductory pages:

It’s about loving the process of creating something delicious and the joy of sharing my creations with people I care about.
It’s amazing to me that I can still remember so much of my food life from when I was a child. Something from those days must have stuck with me, because I’ve become a person who gardens, forages, bakes, makes cheese, and puts up fruits and vegetables……

Honey, I am with you. Where’s my hat?



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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.