Have you been enjoying the crisp fall air this week? I sure have, even though that meant covering my plants and bringing in my herbs a little sooner than I normally do. It’s all part of the growing cycle here on our little homeplace. Notice, I call it “homeplace” not “homestead”, so why am I reviewing a book all about starting a homestead? Because I felt it was time for me to understand what it takes to set up a homestead and if it’s right for us. Do you have questions about homesteading? Read on to see if this book can help. 

Homesteading Guide:

The first time homesteader book

My thanks to Quarto Knows for the complimentary copy of this book and for hosting a giveaway. No other compensation given. It is my privilege to share books with you. 

About The First-Time Homesteader by Jessica Sowards/Published 9/20/22, by Cool Springs Press/Paperback 192 pages 

If you are a gardener like I am, homesteader, or animal lover, you probably recognize Jessica Sowards, thanks in large part to her best-selling book, The First-Time Gardener, Growing Vegetables and her half a million subscribers on her You Tube channel, Roots and Refuge Farm.

My Tomatoes:

my tomato plants

In the introduction of The First-Time Homesteader book, Jessica shares that she’s always had the desire for a homestead, sharing how as a child, she dreamed of horseback rides, a farm with a big red ban, yard birds and neat garden rows. Honestly, her dreams of a homestead and my dream of a homeplace sound similar, except, I didn’t want to raise animals to eat, and I still don’t, but I found the chapters on those topics interesting. It helped me grasp what it takes to have that type of homestead. In essence, it aligned with my homemaker's heart!

Jessica has an easy to read and digest approach I found welcoming and that was her aim. She set out to right a book that is an earnest, authentic, and kindhearted welcome to the world of homesteading. All of the lovely photographers in the book were taken by Jessica, which spoke to my nature loving soul. 

This book is Jessica’s guide to help us through the process of: 

  • Setting up your property for success, no matter the size, large or small 
  • Welcoming animals to your homestead: chickens, cows, rabbits and goats 
  • Small scale animal husbandry  
  • Beginning a home dairy for fresh milk, butter and cheese making 
  • Beekeeping for honey, beeswax and pollination 
  • Planning your homestead garden for fresh eating and food preservation 
  • Living more resourcefully through making home remedies and repurposing 
  • Expanding your kitchen skills for canning, pickling, making bone broth 

My Homemade Banana Bread:

My homemade Banana bread

My Thoughts: 

After reading this book, I find I’m still not in the true homesteader camp. I’m more a hybrid, a homemaker on a homeplace. One who loves nature, our land and the wildlife that live upon it. I love growing flowers, herbs, and edibles, cooking homestyle meals and living a simpler lifestyle, while still enjoying some luxuries. However, there are so many lessons in this book that will help me continue to enjoy our land and make my gardening and homemaking endeavors better and live more resourcefully.  

My container garden Mums

My container garden Mums

The Takeaway: 

If you’ve ever been interested in starting a homestead, or like me, had an interest in learning what it takes to do so (a lot of hard work!) then I think The First-Time Homesteader A complete beginner’s guide to starting and loving your new homestead book would be a fantastic resource for you. If you’d like to learn more about the author and where to purchase this book, please visit Quarto Knows here. I’m happy to add this to my growing garden resource library (check out my other book reviews here) and I think you’ll like owning this book as well.  

Win It: 

The First Time Homesteader Book Giveaway
Courtesy: Quarto Knows 

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