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 Iā€™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 ā€œCity Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising Sourcing, Trading and Preparing What You Eatā€. 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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4 comments on “The Urban Farm Handbook, a book review

Kathi on February 20, 2019 2:36 pm

That sounds like a great resource! I forget to take advantage of our library, it’s wonderful that you have one so close now.

Nancy Wolff on February 20, 2019 4:25 pm

I’m loving having such a great library just minutes away!

Amy Christensen on February 20, 2019 3:16 pm

My hubby and I are in an urban setting, but have a decent sized lot. He used to love to garden and then life happened and we got away from it. I am hoping to renew his interest and got him a book like this one, (I don’t remember the title off hand), but I would like for us to get back to working outside and sticking our hands in the dirt and actually growing things. I’ll have to look this title up. Thanks for sharing. – Amy

Nancy Wolff on February 20, 2019 4:25 pm

This book is a great book to inspire someone living in an urban setting! It was just what I needed! Hope you get back into the dirt! šŸ™‚

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