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Homesteading Books
by Leigh Tate

5 Acres & A Dream The Book 5 Acres & A Dream, The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead

This is the first book in Leigh Tate’s 5 Acres & A Dream homesteading series. It begins with the years leading up to the Tates' 2009 purchase of a 1920s farmhouse on five acres in the foothills of Southern Appalachia. This first book in the series shares how they defined their dream, developed property hunting criteria, faced setbacks, and finally found the right place. It describes how they set and prioritized their goals and mapped out a plan. It shares the difficulties and obstacles they faced, and what they’ve learned about energy, water, and food self-sufficiency for both themselves and their livestock. More information here.


5 Acres & A Dream The Sequel: Lessons Learned in the Quest for a Self-Sufficient Homestead

5 Acres & A Dream The Sequel is the second book in Leigh Tate’s homesteading series. It follows 5 Acres & A Dream The Book, and takes a hard look at what happened to their dream. Has it changed? Are their goals and priorities still the same? Leigh updates their progress toward food, energy, and water self-sufficiency, sharing how their self-reliance goals have expanded and changed. She shares how they've learned to prioritize projects in spite of distractions and discouraging times, and how they deal with feeling overwhelmed. She discusses how their relationship with their land and animals has changed the way they see themselves and their homestead. More information here.

5 Acres & A Dream The Sequel

Critter Tales by Leigh Tate Critter Tales: What my homestead critters have taught me about themselves, their world, and how to be a part of it

Where 5 Acres & A Drean The Book reveals The Tates' journey of discovery into homesteading, Critter Tales focuses on their learning about sustainable animal keeping. It presents an entertaining but honest exploration of the challenges of sustainable critter keeping on a self-reliant homestead: suitable breeds, numbers of animals, housing, fencing, growing one's own feed, health issues, mysterious disappearances and deaths, dealing with predators, critters that won't stay put, and how the animals themselves don't always agree with "the experts." Discusses ... (read more).


Prepper's Livestock Handbook Lifesaving Strategies and Sustainable Methods for Keeping Chickens, Rabbits, Goats, Cows and Other Farm Animals

This prepper's resource by Leigh Tate focuses on sustainable and self-reliant methods for managing your land and your livestock. Covers livestock choices for homesteading, options for shelter and fencing, homegrown feeds and hay, breeding, birthing, veterinary care, and dairying. Learn pitfalls to avoid and how to keep things manageable. Learn simple, low-tech, off-grid ways to preserve eggs, milk, cheese, and meat. Prepper's Livestock Handbook will help you make the best livestock choices for your personal homestead needs and goals. More information here).

Prepper's Livestock Handbook by Leigh Tate

The Little Series of Homestead How-Tos The Little Series of Homestead How-Tos from 5 Acres & A Dream

Leigh Tate's how-to eBook series is geared toward helping homesteaders gain the knowledge and skills they need to work toward greater sustainability and self-reliance. Topics cover gardening, chickens, goats, dairy products, herbs, and more. Click here for available titles and formats.


How To Bake Without Baking Powder: modern and historical alternatives for light and tasty baked goods

Baking powder is a common kitchen staple, but did you know you can create your own leavening power with common food items you already have on hand? How To Bake Without Baking Powder will teach you basic kitchen chemistry, so that you will never have to throw out expired baking powder again. Discusses the science behind baking powder, plus substituties for both cream of tartar and baking soda. Includes how to make sour milk, buttermilk, and sourdough starter, plus the author's hardwood ash baking experiments20 baking powder alternatives, 12 easy reference charts. and 54 modern and historical recipes. Read more here.

Critter Tales