Suburban Homesteading and Micro-Farming
Many of us have decided to take an active role in providing food for our families, and not all of us have a lot of land or a lot of time to do it. Suburban homesteading is becoming increasingly popular and practical, despite the obvious challenges. Micro-farming is a way to enjoy the rewards and benefits of growing our food in small spaces. Amy Stross offers her excellent advice and guidance on over-coming the challenges of suburban homesteading with her book: The Suburban Micro-Farm, Modern Solutions for Busy People.
Weekend Book Review:
The Suburban Microfarm – Modern Solutions For Busy People
by Amy Stross
Amy Stross writes at Tenth Acre Farm, and she is my favorite resource for information and inspiration on creating an edible landscape. She is a teacher turned suburban homesteader and is passionate in her desire to share her ever-growing knowledge and experience with turning her suburban space into an edible, low-maintenance landscape.
Disclosure – Amy shared a pdf version of her book in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed the book so much, I purchased the paperback version from Amazon. Already it is earmarked and filled with highlights and penciled notes. It’s a great addition to my gardening, edible landscaping, homesteading library of resources. This post contains affiliate links -if you purchase through these links, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for reading and supporting Seeking Joyful Simplicity.
Amy recently published her first book: The Suburban Micro-Farm, Modern Solutions for Busy People. .
Don’t let the word “Farm” in the title intimidate you! This book is for anyone who wants to include more home-grown food in their lives, and she offers strategies for all levels and a variety of circumstances including urban, suburban, and rural living.
Amy’s writing is direct, practical, and insightful. She understands the challenges we face in trying to add growing food to our already busy lives. She offers suggestions and strategies based on her own experiences, and her years of working with communities and individuals trying to expand their home-grown food production.
Amy’s book is not only full of in-depth information, she offers links to her supplemental materials to get you started, keep you organized, and stay on track.
…at the core of this book is my strategy for developing a plan, prioritizing tasks, and keeping records. I’ll share my process for organizing my micro-farm – along with a host of supplemental materials – to help you confidently turn your dream of a productive yard into a reality. The downloadable, supplemental materials will guide you in planning what to plant and when, utilizing checklists and monthly calendars to stay on track, and keeping records.
In both her e-book and print book versions, she includes links to to other resources such as her monthly gardening checklist to keep us on track; a monthly calendar for planning your succession planting; a seed starting and planting worksheet to help you plant your crops at the right time, and more.
Having read many “Homesteading” books over the years, I am usually disappointed as the author attempts to cover a broad subject without adequate depth of information to be truly useful. That is not the case with Amy’s The Suburban Micro-Farm. Amy offers in-depth information on Soil Development, Growing Vegetables, Micro-farming fruit, herbs, seed-starting and planting, edible landscaping principles, permaculture principles and practical applications for the suburban homesteader.
I admit after two years on our new land, juggling my desire to expand our gardening and food production while balancing work, a long commute, homeschooling, and the needs of my family has left me feeling a little burned out. This past year my enthusiasm for the homestead has waned.
Spending time with Amy’s writing has given me the encouragement I needed. Using her strategies, planning tools, and practical strategies, we will be expanding our edible landscape this year.
How do you find time for growing food?
What are your favorite homesteading books?