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Paperback – 176 pages
6 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 261 Grams
BISAC: HOUSE & HOME / Sustainable Living
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865718913
Pub. Date: 2018-11-13

About the Author

Kirsten Lie-Nielsen

Kirsten Lie-Nielsen grew up on a farm and has been raising geese and enjoying the quirky personalities and practicality of these beautiful birds for most of her life. Always intrigued by self-sufficiency and working with her hands, Kirsten and her partner are restoring a 200-year old farm in Liberty, Maine, where they raise animals and grow vegetables and native medicinal herbs. Kirsten writes about her experiences and the lessons of life on the farm for publications such as Grit and Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry, and Hobbyfarms.com. She also blogs about the good life at hostilevalleyliving.com.

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So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader?

All the Dirt on Living the Good Life

by Kirsten Lie-Nielsen



The “look before you leap” guide to the joys and pitfalls of the rural good life.

Dreams of self-sufficiency, independence, and tranquility continue to pull in a new generation of modern homesteaders. While growing your own food and being in charge of your life is the source of much satisfaction, there are many challenges to living away from modern conveniences.

Written by an experienced modern homesteader who successfully made the leap, So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader? offers an in-depth examination of what you need to consider before moving “back to the land.” Drawing from a deep well of experience, this essential guide covers:

  • Romance versus the reality of rural living
  • Finding the right property
  • Building versus bootstrapping
  • Practical “must-have” skills
  • Earning an income and farming on a budget
  • Creating community
  • Seasonal living
  • Children and schooling
  • Social media, the internet and rural life.

Whether you are dreaming of moving to the country for peace and an escape from the daily grind, to provide a different lifestyle for your children, or you’re already long-established in the country, this complete and realistic guide is the essential resource to help you achieve success as a modern homesteader.

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