Looking for a little self-sufficiency in the suburbs? Me too! That’s why I was thrilled to take a look at the new book by Deanna Caswell and Daisy Siskin, Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard Farming and Home Skills for Self-Sufficient Living.
This book is the perfect guidebook for growing your own food, cooking meals from scratch, keeping bees, chicken and goats, making skincare and house-cleaning products, creating heartfelt gifts and building community spirit.
Hmmm… is it just me, or does all that sum up quite nicely a lot of what we are about here at Simple Organic?! Read on for a bit more info and for a chance to win this great book.
About the Book
The easy-to-follow advice in this book will show you everything you need to know to enjoy an abundant, independent life on food and products grown in your own back yard. You may feel like you have superpowers the first time you prepare a meal using only ingredients you grew in your garden. And is there anything you can’t do after you lather up with a bar of soap that you made in your own home? This book is full of recipes and tips that will help you discover the joy of self-sufficiency. Don’t worry; suburban gardening doesn’t mean you have to rip up your yard, or risk being ostracized by neighbors or your municipality or homeowners association.
Inside you’ll find:
- Gardening instructions for any-size yard and any skill level
- A complete overview of keeping chickens, mini-goats and bees in the suburbs
- More than 40 food recipes featuring ingredients from your garden or animals
- Canning techniques
- Recipes for natural deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm and other beauty products
- Step-by-step soapmaking instructions and soap recipes
- Natural cleaning recipes for kitchens, bathrooms, surfaces and laundry
- Gift basket ideas
- Community-building ideas including babysitting co-ops, meal swaps, and barter systems
- Advice on how to keep the peace with family, neighbors, and officials if your self-sufficient plans meet resistance
So much of what Little House in the Suburbs talks about is right up my alley. I definitely dream of having chickens someday, in addition to learning more and more ways to make and grow things myself rather than depending on outside sources for everything.
This book isn’t just pages of words on newsprint either. It’s full of colorful, inspiring photos and reads with the tone of a friendly blog post.
And, as those of us here at Simple
Organic Homemade are working on baby steps toward a more natural (and somewhat self-sufficient) lifestyle, you’ll find that Deanna and Daisy present a similar case. From their book,
We don’t dig wells, and we’re not reclaiming acres of land. But we get back to the land– it’s just tiny, well-groomed, two-minutes from Target land. And it still counts! Don’t let the naysayers fool you. You can totally be back-to-basics and drive a pimped-out minivan. We do.
You can learn more about the authors by checking out their blog, where they’re known as “Ivory” and “Tomato Lady.”
one six lucky Simple Organic Homemade reader is going to win a copy of Little House in the Suburbs.
How to enter:
1. Simply leave a comment here on this post telling us what kind of backyard farming and home skills you dream of doing someday.
Giveaway ends on Friday, March 23rd, at midnight PST. Good luck!