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February Weekend Homesteader

February coverCold winter days give us an incentive to catch up on our reading, so I've launched the February ebook a bit early.  Topics include:

  • Easy berries
  • Backyard chickens
  • Buying in bulk
  • Informal apprenticeships

For those of you who are new to Weekend Homesteader, this series walks you through the basics of growing your own food, cooking the bounty, preparing for emergency power outages, and achieving financial independence.

I hope you'll consider splurging 99 cents to buy a copy of my newest ebook from Amazon's Kindle store.  And many thanks in advance if you can find the time to write a brief review.

Weekend Homesteader paperback As usual, I'm also very glad to email you a free pdf copy to read if you don't have the spare cash, or just don't want to deal with downloading an app so you can read the ebook on your computer or phone.  Just email me with your request --- no strings attached.

Don't forget that Weekend Homesteader: January is still available, with the first half of the backyard chickens primer and with information on backup lighting, soil testing, and bread baking.  Thanks for reading!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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In the Oregon Coast community where our property is, they have started monthly 'coffee houses' to encourage the development of community. One off shoot has been the beginning of a food buying club. The community is rather rural and everyone is excited to buy pantry staples in bulk. But what is really exciting for us newcomers is a plant exchange - with a specific goal of exchanging perennials, including: strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, gooseberries, and different types of perennial flowers. And even if people don't have the 'starts' or divisions for this coming spring, they can share what plants they do have and plan for starts/divisions either for the fall or next spring. Maybe we can add garlic to the list, given your experience that one needs a really locally adapted variety.
Comment by Charity Fri Jan 13 13:19:12 2012
That sounds like a great group to be involved with! Swapping perennials that do well in your climate is a great way for everyone's garden to expand at a very low cost.
Comment by anna Fri Jan 13 15:03:49 2012

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