• The Homesteading Handbook

  • The Essential Beginner’s Homestead Planning Guide for a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle
  • By: Kelly Reed
  • Narrated by: Brieanna Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Discover how to start your homesteading journey the right away and avoid making expensive beginner’s mistakes.

Are you thinking about moving to a country homestead, but have no idea how to start planning? Do you want to raise your level of self-sufficiency but live in a small city apartment and don’t know how to do it?

Just imagine what it would be like if you didn’t have to rely on municipal power or water grids (or pay those expensive bills every month). Not to mention the joy and health benefits of growing your own organic food, instead of being forced to buy supermarket food infused with dangerous chemicals and pesticides. Does this sound like a lot of work? 

You’re right. It is. 

Planning your homestead journey can take weeks, or even months if you’re a complete beginner. You would have to read numerous books, research the furthest corners of the internet, and spend thousands of dollars on consultations. And even after all that planning, there are no guarantees that you wouldn’t miss something crucial, something that would make a huge dent in your budget and make you regret starting this blasted thing in the first place. 

That’s how it goes for most first-time homesteaders - they make mistakes, lose money, learn from the experience, and spend more money to make it right. If you don’t want to be one of them, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done it for you. No matter your motivation, financial situation, or living arrangements, homesteading is a great option for anyone who wants to gain any level of independence - whether that’s a small taste or complete control of your lifestyle.

Discover how to plan your homestead flawlessly! 

©2021 Kelly Reed (P)2021 Kelly Reed

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Great all-rounder

I listened at 1.5 speed which was fine for me. This book covers everything you could think of, and things you wouldn't have considered. Broad enough to cover most situations and detailed enough to take the worry out. I have bought the paperback version as well, because I like to randomly leaf through it over a cup of coffee. I found all the references at the end were also very useful. Love the planner - making a planner is the kind of thing you think you'll get around to but never quite do it. Now I don't have to do it myself. I have a copy in the shed, the greenhouse and the kitchen! This audible version of the book is very easy to listen to, The content is presented in a commonsense way, using language that is easy to follow without over-simplifying.

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Great Book!!

I learned a lot from this book. Very good information. Not all of it is specific to homesteading either.

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Overall a very good book of great info

Highly recommend for the info. My only complaint is minor to me. Narrator definitely sounds like they are just reading it aloud.

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An absolute must have resource for everyone!

I have been looking into homesteading for a while now and Kelly’s book has been a fantastic resource for me.
It gives you a good idea of what to consider and how to get started. As I still live in a city apartment, I always thought I couldn’t begin homesteading until I had my own property and a few acres to work with. This book opened my eyes and showed me what is possible even with limited space. On top of that, she explains what to look out for when choosing a property. She mentioned many aspects I didn´t even think of. I can only recommend this book to everyone interested in homesteading, no matter your current living situation.

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Perfect for a biginner overview.

If you want to start the journey to a self-sufficient lifestyle but are unsure where to begin this book is excellent! This book is great if you are like me, interested in homesteading but not even sure of what things I need to consider before jumping right in. It really helped me to design a guide for myself so I have a plan and I know the first steps to take on my journey. As a planning guide this book is definitely a great resource, filled with a lot of helpful information. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering homesteading and want some some motivating and practical ideas to think about before beginning.
As for the audio, I really enjoyed the voice of the narrator it was an excellent fit for the encouraging tone of Kelly's book.

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Very basic information for someone just starting out. Narrator's voice was very soothing and calming.

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This audiobook is great!

This book is a brilliant step into the world of homesteading. It is simplified and straightforward with a broad range of suggestions and ideas, especially for those looking to get into home self-sufficiency.
The concepts considered range from what to look at when choosing a property down to what you can do if still living in a town or city and everything in between. Even if you are unable to change your location, the options provided more than inspire self-sufficiency in a structured, ordered, and easy to listen to format while not being overwhelming.
The language used makes for pleasant listening also and keeps wording uncomplicated in a down-to-earth manner, connecting with the average person.