Saturday, November 10, 2012

Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners: A Book Review

About The Book:

This is a practical and engaging guide to transforming an ordinary backyard into a productive farm.

Homesteading is experiencing a revival among both rural and urban residents who want to get back to basics and live closer to the land. With this book, homeowners will obtain both inspiration and instruction for transforming their grassy yard into a lush farm that can produce all the food they need.

The author is an experienced woodworker and homesteader who shows how to plan and design a backyard farm. He offers expert advice for making all of the essential hard-working structures that are needed to sustain small-scale agriculture.

Step-by-step instructions are provided for 10 projects including green houses, beehives, rabbit hutches, raised beds, potting sheds, trellises, fences, and more. Readers learn how to create an irrigation system, harvest rainwater, and keep their farms environmentally sound. Each detailed plan is accompanied by the author's clear, instructive drawings.
More than just a manual, the book also offers entertaining and enlightening interviews with both experts and “average Joe” farmers. We learn what motivates them to become backyard farmers, the lessons that they have to share, and maybe even a couple of funny stories along the way. 

About The Author:

Chris Gleason grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York and is the author of several successful books for do-it-yourselfer’s including, Art of the Chicken Coop, Built-In Furniture for the Home, Kitchen Makeovers for Any Budget, Complete Custom Closet, OldSchool Woodshop Accessories, and Building Real Furniture for Everyday Life. He currently builds and sells chicken coops and has owned Gleason Woodworking Studio for more 
than 13 years. He teaches chicken coop workshops and enjoys keeping his own backyard flock with his wife and young daughter

My Review:

Do you have a gardener or backyard farmer on your Christmas shopping list? With only a few weeks left to shop this would be an great idea for anyone who enjoys gardening. 

The book is brightly illustrated with step-by-step instructions to create structures like Potato Planters, Compost Boxes, and even a Greenhouse! One of my favorite charts in the book was one that shows the reader how many vegetable plants to plant per person in your household (p.11). With 21 projects, there will be something for all levels of home gardeners for sure. There are a ton of great tips and ideas, perfect for both new and accomplished folks, as well a few very yummy sounding recipes. My husband and I have talked about having a garden next Spring and Summer and this book will definitely be at the top of my list to use for ideas!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners online here.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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