Are you dreaming of getting started on your homesteading journey? Maybe you’re eager to start growing your own food and pursuing a more self-sufficient life. I believe the best way to learn how to homestead involves just doing it. Yet during these cold winter days, the best homesteading books provide inspiration.
Here are my thoughts on homesteading books for beginners to help you succeed when you’re getting started homesteading.
Growing Your Own Food
We’ve been interested in food production and trying to secure our food supply for years. First with a backyard garden, as well as indoor gardening. We’ve saved tomato seeds, struggled with gardening in a cold climate, and experimented with cold frame gardens too.
Yet each winter, I review my dog-eared gardening books and glean more practical, step-by-step advice for growing our own food to feed our family. I’d suggest you do the same, whether you’re a weekend homesteader, apartment homesteading, or hoping for an off grid homestead like ours.
Raising Homestead Animals
Every year, we hear about more and more people raising chickens. And back in 2020 we took the plunge and built a DIY chicken coop on our own homestead. Yes, that’s right. Here in Canada’s subarctic.
Before ordering our first chicks (10 Western Rustics and 10 Barred Rocks,) we read up on the best chicken breeds for backyard coops and keeping chickens in general.
We ended up with meat chickens as well as layers - almost 40 in all. And we did get help from a friend in butchering our chickens at home. Yet first we read the step-by-step instructions in one of our favorite homesteading books.
The following year, when we decided to raise turkeys, we reviewed our farm and homesteading beginner books once more.
Homestead Books for Beginners
Now, I know that if you’re just starting out on your homesteading adventure you might feel a little overwhelmed. And maybe even a little lost as you start thinking about the homesteading and survival skills you want to learn.
There are simply so many things to do to start and maintain a homestead. And finding a good place to start can be difficult.
So if you’re new to homesteading, I’ve put together a guide of my favorite homesteading books that are great books for beginners. These books break down everything you need to know in order to start.
Some of our old favorites include the reference book Encyclopedia of Country Living. A great read, it also includes a wealth of information on self-sufficient living in general. I also like Storey's Guides to homestead animals.
Our new favorite Joel Salatin title, a comprehensive guide called Polyface Designs is a great book full of DIY projects.
Practical Advice on Backyard Homesteading
These good books are full of practical advice to help today’s backyard homesteader. No matter your experience level, I’m confident you’ll find something on this list to help you get started as a homesteader.
Some of the titles are personal experience pieces and are more reflective of the modern homesteading movement. Others focus on practical advice for the new backyard homesteader trying to organize their homestead projects. They include information on basic skills, traditional skills, and general tips on the homesteading lifestyle.
And by the way, if you're trying to get your children interested too, you might like this post on the 15 best children's books about plants.
Whether you have a small farm, just a quarter acre, or you're just dreaming about farm life, there IS a book on this list that can help. Grab one good book at a time - this is a great way to build your homestead library.