Book Review: The City Homesteader: Self-Sufficiency on Any Square Footage by Scott Meyer


This is another beginning self-sufficiency-through-food title. As with many modern self-sufficiency books targeted at city dwellers, it operates from the premise that it’s better to do what you can where you can that sit on the couch and bemoan that you can’t afford your dream farm. It covers the usual array of food options for small lots (vegetables, fruits, foraging, and small livestock such as rabbits and chickens), food preservation, composting, clotheslines, and organic pest deterrents. An interesting addition I hadn’t seen anywhere else was instructions for a “dog doo digester” to keep Rover’s leavings out of the landfill and the groundwater.

Not long, but delightfully illustrated and sound. And you cannot question the author’s qualifications to give gardening advice: he wrote for Organic Gardening magazine for over 20 years.

— Amanda


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