Are you looking for a hugely comprehensive list of the best homesteading resources? Well, you found the right place! This list has everything you could ask for. If you are a new homesteader or a seasoned one, this list has something for everyone! Grab a cup of your favorite drink, grab a notebook and pen and sit back and enjoy this plethora of resources right at your fingertips!
I have tried to cover as many homesteading topics as possible here. Some resources overlap so I have included them whenever they were appropriate. The links here are all updated and working as of August 2018. If you find a broken link or have a resource you would like to share, please leave me a comment so I can keep this list updated.
A Comprehensive List Of The Best Homesteading Resources
These are the best of the best as far as homesteading books that you buy a hard copy of. All of these are available on Amazon as a Paperback. Some are offered as a Kindle as well.
40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide
A companion volume to Backyard Homesteading, 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead that provides details on how to build more than 40 projects to enhance your sustainable living.
The projects in this book are designed with simplicity, convenience, and budget in mind. You will also find help on how to expand or contract the projects to suit your needs.
With step-by-step instructions, tools and materials lists exploded views, and easy-to-understand techniques, even if you are only moderately handy, you’ll discover how to build your own feeders, fences, and structures. In the process, you’ll save money and have the satisfaction of doing it yourself!
The Encyclopedia of Country Living
From craft culture to survivalists, prepper’s, homesteaders, urban farmers, and everyone in between there is a desire for a simpler way of life—a healthier, greener, more self-sustaining and holistic approach to modern life.
The knowledge you need to survive and thrive off the grid is at your fingertips in The Encyclopedia of Country Living, the best-selling resource for the homesteading movement. With its origins in the back-to-the-land effort of the late 1960s, Carla Emery’s landmark book has grown into a comprehensive guide to building your sustainable country escape haven, while lowering your carbon footprint in the process.
The 40th-anniversary edition offers up-to-date and detailed information on the fundamentals of topics like homegrown food; raising chickens, goats, and pigs; beekeeping; food preservation; mail-order supply sourcing; foraging; and much, much more (even how to deliver a baby)—everything you need to lead a self-sufficient lifestyle in the 21st century.
Basic, thorough, and reliable, this book deserves a place in urban and rural homes alike.
The BackYard Homestead
This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long
The Homesteading Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More
With the rapid depletion of our planet’s natural resources, we would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it’s just as important to save money as it is to go green. As Gehring shows in this thorough but concise guide, being kind to Mother Earth can also mean being kind to your bank account! It doesn’t matter where your homestead is located—farm, suburb, or even city. Wherever you live, The Homesteading Handbook can help you:
• Plan, plant, and harvest your own organic home garden.
• Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing.
• Build alternate energy devices by hand such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps.
• Differentiate between an edible puffball mushroom and a poisonous amanita.
• Prepare butternut squash soup using ingredients from your own garden.
• Conserve water by making a rain barrel or installing an irrigation system.
• Have fun and save cash by handcrafting items such as soap, potpourri, and paper.
5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead
Based on her popular homesteading blog, 5 Acres & A Dream, Leigh Tate shares how she and her husband Dan are facing the challenges of trying to establish a self-sufficient homestead; from defining their dream, finding property, and setting priorities, to obstacles and difficult times, to learning how to work smarter, not harder. She shares what they’ve learned about energy self-sufficiency, water self-sufficiency, and food self-sufficiency for themselves and their goats and chickens too. Included are copies of their homestead master plan plus revisions, homegrown vitamins and minerals for goats, and several of Leigh’s favorite homestead recipes.
The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency
The Weekend Homesteader is organized by month—so whether it’s January or June you’ll find exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.
Websites: Getting Started Homesteading
- The Spruce: How to Start Homesteading Now
- The Real Farmhouse: 10 Steps To Start Homesteading, on the Cheap
- Homesteading: Homesteading For Beginners: Your Quick Start Guide
- Morning Chores: Homesteading 101: What It Is and How To Get Started
- Tenth Acre Farm: 7 Ways To Start A Homestead Without Being Overwhelmed
- Natural Living Ideas: The Total Guide To Starting A Homestead
- The Elliott Homestead: 5 Tips For Starting Your Homestead
- Common Sense Home: Homesteading: What The Modern Homesteader Needs To Know
- The Flip Flop Barnyard: How To Start Homesteading: 9 Tips For Beginners
- Keepers of the Homestead: 5 Ways To Start Homesteading Today
- 15 Acre Homestead: Getting Started Homesteading
- Our Simple Homestead: 4 Simple Tips for Beginners
- Purposefully Simple: Starting a Homestead: How To Begin A Simple Life On The Homestead
- Little House Living: How To Start Homesteading Wherever You Are
- Hillsborough Homesteading: How To Get Started Homesteading Exactly Where You Are
- Healing Harvest Homestead: Do You Desire A Simple Homestead Life?
- Sustainable Dish Podcast
- Modern Homesteading Podcasts
- Urban Homestead Radio
- The Survival Podcast
- Living Homegrown Podcast
- Seattle Urban Farm Company
- Living Free In Tennessee
- Urban Farm U
- Diego Footer’s Creative Destruction Podcast
- Sow Edible Podcast
- Pioneering Today
- Mountain Woman Radio
- The Frugal Chicken
- Pioneer Podcasts
- Sustainable Living Podcasts
Homesteading YouTube Channels:
- Weed Em And Reap
- Modern Homesteader
- Appalachias Homestead
- Off-Grid With Doug And Stacy
- Becky’s Homestead
- Big Family Homestead
- Living On A Dime
- Justin Rhodes
- Learn Organic Gardening at Growing Your Greens
- The Cases
- Reformation Acres
- Homestead Honey
- The Prairie Homestead
- Melissa J Will
- Kathy Shea Mormino
- Garden Fork
- Plant Abundance
- My Green Terra
- Design and Plan Your Ideal Homestead: free 5-day email course from yours truly
- Insteading.com: Many different courses available for homesteaders
- Farming My Backyard: various courses
- https://www.sustainlife.org/shop/homesteading-course/Sustainlife.org: 3-day homesteading course, other courses offered also
- Online Gardening School: Rick Stone leads this site with many options
- Nerdy Farm Wife’s Natural Soap Making: E-book collection and printable’s
- Herbal Academy: Everything herbs
- SurvivingPrepper.com: complete and long list of educational courses for homesteaders
I hope this list of resources is a super helpful way to eliminate overwhelm and stress for your homesteading journey. There is something here for everyone.