Resources for the homesteading lifestyle, picked mostly because we love them, learn from them, and think you will too.  Check out our list of  favorite websites too.


Coyne, Kelly and Erik Knutzen. The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City. Port Townsend: Process Self-Reliance Series, 2008.

Hayes, Shannon. Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture. Richmondville: Left to Write Press, 2010.

Kellogg, Scott and Stacey Pettigrew. Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide. Boston: South End Press, 2008.

Nearing, Helen and Scott. Living the Good Life: How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World. New York: Schocken Books, 1954.


Fukuoka, Masanobu. The One Straw Revolution. New York: New York Review of Books, reprint 2010. Original copyright, 1978, published by Rodale Press.

Hemenway, Toby. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home Scale Permaculture. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2000.

Holmgren, David. Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. Australia: Holmgren Design Services, 2002.

Mollison, Bill. Introduction to Permaculture. Tazmania: Tagari Press, 1991.

Organic Gardening

Coleman, Eliot. The New Organic Gardener. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 1989.

Coleman, Eliot. Four Season Harvest: How to Harvest Fresh Organic Vegetables from Your Home Gardens All Year Long. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing 2007.

Flores, H. C. Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006.

Jeavons, John. How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1974.

Jeavons, John. Lazy Bed Gardening. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1992.

Ruppenthal, R. J. Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square Inch Gardeners Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting and Sprouting. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008.

Seymour, John. The New Self-Sufficient Gardener. London: DK Press, 2008.

Dirt First

Applehof, Mary. Worms Eat My Garbage. Kalamazoo: Flower Press, 1997.

Campbell, Stu. Let It Rot: The Gardener’s Guide to Composting. North Adams: Storey Publishing, 1975.

Seed Starting and Seed Saving

Ashworth, Suzanne and Kent Whealy. Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners. Denver: Seeds of Change, 2000.

Bubel, Nancy. The New Seed-Starters Handbook. New York: Rodale Inc., 1988. Download PDF version at

Small Animal Husbandry

Damerow, Gail. Barnyard in the Backyard. North Adams: Storey Publications, 2002.

Storey Animal Handbooks at, for whatever animal you wish to raise.


Buchmann, S.L. and G.P. Nabhan. The Forgotten Pollinators. Washington: Island Press/Shearwater Books, 1996.

Conrad, Ross. Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007.

Flottum, Kim. The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden. Gloucester: Quarry Books, 2005.

Langstroth, L.L. The Hive and the Honey-Bee. Mineola: Dover Publications, 2004 (from an 1878 work).

Root, Amos Ives. The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture. Medina: A.I. Root Company, 1990.


Ludwig, Art. Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers and Ponds. 2005,

Ludwig, Art. Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems., 1991.

Lancaster, Brad. Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands, Volume I, II, III. Tucson: Rainsource Press: 2006.


Jenkins, Joseph. The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure. Joseph Jenkins Publishing, 2005.

Van der Ryn, Sim. The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water. Berkeley: Ecological Design Press, 1995.

Natural Building

Bee, Becky. The Cob Builders Handbook: You Can Hand-Sculpt Your Own Home. Cottage Grove: Groundworks Publishing, 1998.

Chiras, Daniel D. The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2000.

Evans, Ianto. The Hand-Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2002.

Natural Plasters

Crews, Carol. Clay Culture: Plasters, Paints and Preservation. Self-published. Available at

Edwards, Lynn and Julia Lawsell. The Natural Paint Book. Emaneus: Rodale Press, 2003.

Weismann, Adam and Katy Bryce. Using Natural Finishes. New York: Green Books, 2008.


Gershon, David. The Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds. Berkeley: Empowerment Institute, 2006.

Pahl, Greg. Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2001.

Potts, Michael. The New Independent Home: People and Houses That Harvest the Sun. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2001.

Food and Nutrition

Fallon, Sally with Mary Enig. Nourishing Traditions Cookbook: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. Washington: New Trends Publishing, 1991.

Haas, Elson. Staying Healthy with the Seasons. Millbrae: Celestial Arts, 1981.

Henderson, Robert. The Neighborhood Forager: A Guide for the Wild Food Gourmet. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2000.

Nabhan, Gary. Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures & Politics of Local Food. New York: Norton, 2002.

Peterson, John and Angelic Organics. Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables, Seasonal Recipes, and Stories from a Community Supported Farm. Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, 2006

Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.

Prentiss, Jessica. Full Moon Feast: Food and The Hunger for Connection. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006.


Stamets, Paul. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2005.

Stamets, Paul. The Mushroom Cultivator: A Practical Guide to Growing Mushrooms at Home. New York: Agarikon Press, 1984

Preserving the Harvest

Bubel, Mike and Nancy. Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables. North Adams: Storey Publishing, 1991.

Carroll, Rikki. Home Cheese-making Recipes for 75 Delicious Cheeses. North Adams: Storey Publishing, 2003.

Gardeners and Farmers of Terre Vivante. Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 1999

Greene, Janet. Putting Food By. New York: Plume, 1973.

Katz, Sandor. Wild Fermentation. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2003.


de Bairacli Levy, Juliette. Nature’s Children. Woodstock: Ash Tree Publishing, 1996.

de Bairacli Levy, Juliette. Common Herbs for Natural Health. Woodstock: Ashtree Publishing, 1979.

Gladstar, Rosemary. Family Herbal: Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health and Vitality. North Adams: Storey Publishing, 1996.

Tierra, Leslie. Healing with the Herbs of Life. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2003.


Heckler, Richard Strozzi. The Anatomy of Change. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1985.

Heckler, Richard Strozzi. Holding the Center: Sanctuary in a Time of Confusion. Berkeley: North Atlatic Books, 1997.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever You Go, There You Are. New York: Hyperion, New York: 1994.

Palmer, Wendy. The Intuitive Body. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1994.


Hopkins, Rob. The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishers, 2008.

Mindell, Arnold. Sitting in the Fire: Large Group Transformation Using Conflict and Diversity. Portland: Lao Tse Press, 1995.

Rosenberg, Marshall. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Encinitas: Puddledancer Press, 2003.

Great Thinking

Berry, Wendell. The Art of the Commonplace. Washington: Counterpoint, 2002.

Elgin, Duane. Voluntary Simplicity. New York: William Morrow & Company, 1993.

Hawken, Paul. Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice and Beauty to the World. New York: Penguin Books, 2007.

Schumacher, E.F. Small is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered. New York: Harper & Row, 1973.


Countryside and Small Stock Journal, 145 Industrial Drive, Medford: WI,

Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin. A series of small pamphlets on issues specific to homesteading, including “Building Your Own Underground Root Cellar,” “Building and Using Cold Frames,” “Easy Composters You Can Build,” etc. Storey Publishing,, 210 Mass MoCa Way, North Adams, MA 01247

Permaculture Activist,, P.O. Box 5516, Bloomington, IN 47404

Communities Magazine, Journal of Cooperative Living,, Fellowship for Intentional Community, Route 1, Box 156, Rutledge, MO 63563