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About Leigh Tate
Leigh Tate is a long-time homesteader and a passionate advocate for simpler, sustainable, more self-reliant living. Through her books and blog, she shares what she and her husband Dan are learning about homesteading, permaculture gardening, off-grid food preservation, regenerative soil management, holistic livestock keeping, plus energy, water, and resource stewardship. She enjoys food growing, critter keeping, cheesemaking, woodstove and solar cooking, writing about homesteading, and encouraging others to make their own dreams come true.
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Written in the same informative style as 5 Acres & A Dream The Blog, Leigh Tate shares how she and her husband Dan are facing the challenges of trying to establish a self-sufficient homestead: defining their dream, problems encountered during property hunting, evaluating the land, setting goals and priorities, identifying obstacles, dealing with difficult times, and learning how to work smarter, not harder. She shares what they've learned about energy, water, and food self-sufficiency for themselves and their critters too. Included are copies of their homestead master plan, how to calculate feed with the Pearson Square, homegrown vitamins and mineral mixes for goats, a list of useful resources, and several of Leigh's favorite homestead recipes.
Whether you’re looking for a farm-to-table solution that provides fresh meat and dairy products today, or a long-term plan that will feed you and your family after the collapse of civilization—or both!— this all-in-one preparedness guide is for you. It teaches sustainable animal husbandry skills that allow you to build and operate your own small-scale ranch anywhere from a backyard to a bug-out bunker.
Packed with tips, techniques and strategies, this handy guide breaks down everything you need to know, including how to:
• Choose the best breeds for your needs
• Build barns, coops, hutches and fencing
• Grow feed and utilize pastures
• Breed your stock and raise offspring
• Protect your animals from predators
• Provide basic health and vet care
• Preserve fresh milk, eggs and meat
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