Since moving to University Place I have made great use of our local library. I love having such a wonderful library just ten minutes from where we are living. Not only do they offer books and DVDs for your enjoyment but they also offer passes to the local museums. There are also various computers and job search helps for you to take advantage of. I spend my time just searching the stacks for books that might interest me especially gardening books about the Pacific Northwest. Recently I came upon the book The Urban Farm Handbook. It is such a gem of a book I am planning on ordering my own copy from Amazon.
Two people who practice what they preach and actually homestead in Seattle wrote the book! The only downsize about the book is that it was written in 2011 and therefore some of the resources might be a bit dated. However the general information provided in the book is spot on and I’m finding it so helpful as I will be transitioning from a rural homesteader to an urban homesteader!
The tag line for the book is “City Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising Sourcing, Trading and Preparing What You Eat”. This is exactly the type of book I was looking for! The authors talk about their decision not to leave the city but instead deciding to pursue farming in the city. Each season of the year is covered, discussing what you can grow, how to grow it, laws about raising chickens in the city and even having goats in the city!
This is the perfect book for me as we begin this new adventure of living in a much more populated area but still wanting to live with the mindset of a homesteader. If you are looking for an excellent book to read on urban farming this is it. The Urban Farm Handbook also includes numerous recipes (over 100), as well as tips and resources for the Pacific Northwest. I highly recommend it.
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