Given the issues I have had with a certain family that shall remain nameless herein, I can’t tell you how happy I was to see the book Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. When author Rachel Kaplan contacted me I had high hopes, but when it comes to books that talk about homesteading and sustainable living I tend to be perhaps overly critical as these are areas that are particularly close to my heart.
In other words I was a little nervous about reading the book because I really wanted it to be good. Thankfully, Kaplan and co-author K. Ruby Blume do not disappoint.
One of the strengths the pair draws upon is an ability to make the urban homesteading movement an intensely personal one, in which we are each able to define our own reasons for being where we are. The truth is that the entire book is focused on personal exploration and the importance of finding our place on this planet. Informative without teetering too close to being preachy, Kaplan and Blume cover everything from peak oil to biodiesel, growing it yourself, buying locally and even remembering how crucial it is to take care of our spirits as well as our bodies.
Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living is well written with photos, artwork and illustrations that are as enjoyable to look at as the book was to read.
To learn more, visit urban-homesteading.org.
Michael received a digital copy of this book for the purpose of review and was not otherwise compensated.