A Comprehensive List Of The Best Homesteading Resources

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 super comprehensive list for almost every resource you will need for homesteading.


A Comprehensive List Of The Best Homesteading Resources



Physical Books:


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



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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.



  1. This is a great comprehensive list! I’m a huge podcast fan. Looking forward to checking out some of these you’ve listed, thanks!

    1. Author

      Thanks for the wonderful compliment! I hope you find lots of helpful information!

  2. Thanks for this incredible list! There are a couple books I plan to check out, too! Also, thank you for the mention!

    1. Author

      You’re very welcome! I love your site and I feel it would be so helpful to my readers! Thanks for the great compliment!

  3. That is a terrific list! I’m especially interested in the Podcasts and there were several that you mentioned that I did not know about.

    1. Author

      I’m so glad you found some new and hopefully helpful information! Thanks for taking the time to read my post!

  4. Great list (and thanks for including me!). My favorite resources lately are Youtube channels. Gotta love video!

    1. Author

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  5. I also love listening to podcasts. I’m going to have to check out a few of your recommendations. I have a few of those books – I will look at the others. Thanks! Kelly

    1. Author

      I love podcasts! I listen to them while I walk, drive and sometimes before I go to sleep. Podcasts are wonderful ways to learn and grow! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I had no idea there were so many homesteading podcasts. Pretty cool list.

    1. Author

      There are actually many more but I wanted to list the ones I knew were good. Hopefully, I can do more research and get an updated list out soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. This list must have took a long time! Such great content! I especially love that you added podcasts, I’ve recently been into listening to them and can’t wait to get started on this list!

    1. Author

      Thanks so much! Podcasts are a huge thing right now! I listen to them all the time. I’m happy you found this useful!

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