If you're a garden nerd, like me, these are fascinating reads:
Mountain Home Quilts
Buckets of Burlap
Thy Hand Hath Provided
and of course Parisienne Farmgirl (She keeps popping up!)
Mother Earth News
Q. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start homesteading?
A. Start slow and small. This has worked very well for us. Each year, we've increased garden size and amounts preserved based on our confidence levels. Jumping in too fast and taking on too much would have left me stressed and overwhelmed. Keep doing what works well, try a couple new things each year and when you've mastered them (to your satisfaction), move on to the next couple things you'd like to try.I noticed that most of the homesteaders have around 2 acres and with root cellars, canning and freezers, some can feed their family all winter.