Can you be a homesteader if you live in a West Side walk-up, a suburban duplex or an inner city condo? The City Homesteader says yes; anyone, anywhere can acquire the skills to lead a “simpler, more sustainable and authentic” life.
BookPage is giving away a copy of my Top Pick for the June Lifestyle Column: The City Homesteader: Self Sufficiency on Any Square Footage. Author Scott Meyer, former editor-in-chief for Organic Gardening, includes chapters on foraging (yes, even in the city); growing, sharing and preserving food; making compost; capturing rainwater; raising small animals; cleaning the house and other crucial homesteading skills.
The author says:
“Homesteading today is a step out of the virtual world we live in most of the time and into an authentic experience. It’s a way to connect with the seasons, the weather and the natural world outside our windows while getting your hands dirty and producing something real and essential.”
What skill or experience might you be interested in to make your own life a bit more self-sufficient? Want to can your own pickles? Install a rain barrel? Pick a dandelion salad? Grow cherry tomatoes on the windowsill? Compost kitchen scraps? Hang a pulley clothesline? Build a bee house? Plant a garden?
TO ENTER: Leave a comment and tell what steps you’d like to take toward a more self-reliant way of living.
CONTEST DETAILS: The prize is one copy of The City Homesteader. Prize will be shipped within North America. Winner will be chosen by random.org from among entries received by 6 pm CST on June 24.
ETA: Congrats to our winner! Mimi cares for her tomatoes and some herbs. Good luck with the composting, and thanks for reading The Book Case!
Contest is now closed.