The Frugal Homesteader: Living the Good Life on Less by John Moody

The Frugal Homesteader: Living the Good Life on Less

byJohn MoodyForeword byJoel Salatin

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Achieve your back-to-the-land dreams without breaking the bank

Build your homesteading dreams with all the affordable DIY innovations, tips, and stories you need to successfully launch you on a path to self-sufficiency. Raise and grow your own food, connect with nature, and consume less while producing more!

The Frugal Homesteader is a fun, inspirational, and educational guide filled with a lifetime of learning that comes along with becoming a homesteader. Following dozens of successful families who have been motivated to make do, make new, and make more while saving money and living off the land, this book covers such topics as:

  • Outfitting your garden
  • Equipping your barn and outbuildings
  • Protecting and providing for your animals
  • Harvesting rainwater
  • Heating with wood
  • Foraging
  • Producing more of what you need to thrive in harder times.

Whether you''re just starting out and looking for new, sustainable, and affordable ideas, approaches, and techniques, or you''re a small-scale farmer in regenerative agriculture, The Frugal Homesteader is the DIY manual to help you succeed.

John Moody is an award-winning homesteader and farmer. He is the founder of Whole Life Services and CEO of Steader, an online video-based learning platform that brings the best practitioners to guide and inspire those who find the joy in raising and growing their own food. John speaks and presents at homesteading conferences and events...
Title:The Frugal Homesteader: Living the Good Life on LessFormat:PerfectProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8.9 X 7.5 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:224 pages, 8.9 X 7.5 X 0.5 inPublished:October 2, 2018Publisher:New Society PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0865718938

ISBN - 13:9780865718937

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Joel Salatin

     Money in the Yard
     A Few Tools to Rule Them All: A Basic Tool Box
     Wheelbarrow or Garden Cart?
     Holidays, Birthdays, and Achieving a Homestead

1. In the Garden
     Small Starts Lead to Success: Garlic in Boxes
     Perennial Cardboard Plant Protectors
     Easy Raised Beds with Slab, Scrap Wood, Straw Bales, or Concrete Blocks
     The Mess of Hay, Straw, Manure and Compost
     Fencing and Mulching with Sheet Metal
     Mineral Tote Growing Bins
     Growing Up Instead of Out: Plant Cages, Trellising, and More
     Safety First
     Turn Your Homestead Work into Wages
     Pallet Propagation and Drying Tables
     Compost Underneath the Tables
     Extending the Seasons and Excluding Pests: Low Tunnels
     Multi-Use Makes a Big Difference
     Simple Garden Gate
     Plastic Baggies and Pantyhose
     Don''t Underestimate the Danger of Drift
     Information Box: Turn a Trampoline into Almost Anything
               Basic Conversion
               Where You Can Go from Here

2. For Your Animals
     Keeping Them Fed and Watered
     Kid-Sized Infrastructure
     Keeping Animals Warm and Dry
     Brooding, Roosting, and Bedding
     Keeping the Bugs at Bay
     Winter-Time Light and Water
     Information Box: Climbing Rope
               Tire Swing
               Bale Toppling
               Snow Cleaning
               Load Securing

3. In the Barn and Workshop
     Low-Cost Shelves, Quick Shelves
     Tool Storage
     "Oiled Sand" to Stop Rust and Protect Your Tools
     Storing All Your Stuff
     Let There Be Light
     Information Box: The Many Uses of IBC Totes
               Storing Kindling and Small-Sized Wood Scraps
               Baker''s Green Acre''s Animal Feed Storage
               Worm Compost
               Animal Shelter or Chicken Brooder
               So Many Other Uses
               IBC Tote, Plastic Barrel, and Other Material Safety Concerns
               What About a Cage With No Tote

4. Outfitting Your Home
      Trading Time for Money
     Making Your Own Cleaning Supplies
     Storing Your Surplus: Sloped Bucket Storage from Scrap Wood
     Can You Store What You Grow?
     Turning Trash into Treasure
     Pieces of Scrap Pipe to Move Heavy Objects
     Cinder-Block Shelves
     Two Pairs of Shoes
     Paint Your Entire House for Under a Hundred Bucks?
     Cutting the Cost on Good Clothes
     Finding Appliances and Furniture
     Other Great Places to Grab Furniture — If the Amish Don''t Come a-Calling
      Information Box: Greenhouse Plastic
               Covering Wood Piles
               Solarizing Weeds
               Low Tunnels
               Cold Frames and Hot Boxes

5. Becoming More Self-Sufficient
     What is the Best Animal?
     Learn Plant Propagation
     Truly Free Food: Foraging from the Homestead
     Eat Your Yard Out: The Benefits of Edible Landscaping
     Cooking When it Counts
     Information Box: Combining Pieces and Projects
               Pallets Plus Cattle Panels: Andy Buchler''s Animal Shelter
               Sheet Metal or Greenhouse Plastic + IBC Tote Cages for Wood Storage
               Simple Outdoor Storage
               Speeding Up Wood Seasoning
               Caleb''s Composite Bow

6. Sourcing and Resources
     Construction Sites and Construction Supply Stores
     You Have Not Because You Ask Not
     Facebook and Facebook Marketplace
     Barter Makes Friendships Better
     Salvage and ReStores
     Pawnshops and Similar Businesses
     Salvage and Tear Down
     Estate Sales, Auctions, and Farm Auctions
     Online Auctions
     Thrift Stores
     Roadsides and Parking Lots
     Your Local Landfill or Recycling Center
     Automated Online Shopping

Final Note
About the Author
About New Society Publishers

Editorial Reviews

"If anyone has put in his 10,000 hours and 10 years of experience, it''s John Moody and family. That you and I get to glean from his experience and wisdom is a rare treat, a true honor. " — Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm, from the Foreword "This book is worth its weight in gold — actually, after a handful of years it''s likely to be worth more. Unlike so many books this is an account of direct lived experience: jam-packed with tips and tricks from doing the homestead life each and every day. This would have saved me a lot of time if I had read it at the outset of my land endeavors. The resourcefulness shown in this work is impressive and though the warmer climate doesn''t always apply to my locale directly, nearly all of the content is applicable to my situation with minor adjustments. Much of it is simply brilliant and makes me think of a variety of opportunities and approaches for adjusting my own system 15 years in." — Ben Falk, homesteader and author, The Resilient Farm and Homestead "The Frugal Homesteader is a great resource for every homestead, proving that "affordable" doesn''t mean "junk." Even as an experienced homesteader, John''s storytelling pulled me in and kept me turning pages. He shares not only the great project results, but common pitfalls and problems to avoid." —Laurie Neverman, creator, Common Sense Home "Just when I thought I had it all figured out, John Moody''s book comes along. Wow! Suddenly it''s time for a major re-fit. Not only is The Frugal Homesteader packed with well-thought-out innovations, it re-invents the word "frugal" to encompass the term "eco-friendly." This is a rich bounty of ideas that will be equally usefully to old hands and shiny new start-ups alike, whether on rural acreage or urban lot. It''s written with an easy-to-read passion for the Earth and I totally love how this book rejects consumerism''s need for new in favor of intelligent re-use and re-purposing. Delighted to have The Frugal Homesteader on my shelf! Thank you, John." — Jenni Blackmore, author, The Food Lover''s Garden and Permaculture for the Rest of Us "I''ve been waiting for someone to produce a book that was worth my full endorsement and I''ve found it. Full of UN-common sense and overflowing with wit, wisdom and wonderful advice, The Frugal Homesteader is definitely going at the top of the list of "must own and read" books for all of my clients." —Nick Ferguson, sustainable agriculture designer, consultant, and educator; and founder, Homegrown Liberty "In this hands-on book, John Moody gives readers the gift of practical advice they can use from the farm field to foraging in the forest. The result is a must-have for anyone looking to transition from homeowner to homesteader." —Scott Mann, host, The Permaculture Podcast "John Moody turned "a run-down, rock-solid-clay, no-top-soil, 35 acres" into a productive, ecologically vibrant homestead. The Frugal Homesteader is chock-full of practical advice for doing the same, together with warnings about "gotchas" potentially disastrous for the unsuspecting beginner. "Frugal" to this author means more than saving money by, for example, utilizing salvageable resources otherwise going extravagantly to waste. He considers as well frugality of time and effort, with strategies that meet several needs in the same project — for example, managing pigs and chickens to forage natural feeds while making homestead-scale quantities of compost." —Harvey Ussery, author, The Small-Scale Poultry Flock and