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Ultimate Guide For Starting Your Own Hydroponic GardenUltimate Guide For Starting Your Own Hydroponic Garden by Nathan Scheer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

‘Ultimate’ is the word I most object to here. I felt I got a small introduction to the subject. And worst of all no pictures. A whole chapter was about making a small hydroponic planter. But, and this may be my fault, I couldn’t picture what the author was trying to do.

Illustrations would make this book better, but it certainly isn’t the Ultimate Guide to anything. As many books, it starts with the old sales trick of why one should have what the author is selling. It was neither compelling nor helpful.

But then again, maybe that was just me.

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Farm Flop: A City Dweller's Guide to Failing on a Farm in Two Years Or LessFarm Flop: A City Dweller’s Guide to Failing on a Farm in Two Years Or Less by Devin Rose

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been reading a lot about farm life. Lots of how-tos. Most of them assume that your life will go right and will follow the recommended ways. Very few are honest and show you how it can go wrong. This one does. Mr. Devin Rose tells his tale and how he and his wife try to make it as farmers. Sadly their family was too young to make it work for them. But his cautionary tale could apply to old folks like my husband and I as we just want some small piece of land to retire onto. Surely if we don’t get too gung-ho we can make it. We don’t plan on cows or horses. Maybe a goat or some chickens. Maybe only a dog. Maybe not even that. Our health and needs will lead us.

I must admit that Mr. Rose told a good story. With all the fails, it still didn’t sound too apologetic. I felt sorry for him, but not in a way that made his attempts hopeless. He tells his story with a sense of humor and gives us the life lessons he learned along the way. Failures are merely tries that didn’t right themselves.

I think the most off-putting of the story was the Catholic bent. But the story wasn’t preachy. He just shared that is was part of the philosophy he and his family tries to live to. Most of the book was dedicated to his family attempting to live life on a small farm.

I picked this up for free on OHFB (One Hundred Free Books.com) but I think it is well worth the $2.99 asking price now. I wish the author luck in the next part of his adventures. And I hope his health is better now.

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Locavore U.S.A.: How a Local-Food Economy is Changing One Community - A Chapter from the Book Change Comes to DinnerLocavore U.S.A.: How a Local-Food Economy is Changing One Community – A Chapter from the Book Change Comes to Dinner by Katherine Gustafson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an interesting read. Rather than a how-to farm like I have been reading a lot of lately, this was about how to make the urban life work for communities. The author doesn’t offer hard answers to the questions of how to live a more healthy lifestyle, eat organic, chemical-free foods, and try to make money for your community. Instead, she takes us to a couple communities that are trying to do that with food co-ops and community manufacturing plants.

The fun part about this book wasn’t due to what I read. It was how I read it. I just picked up a Kindle Fire 6 HD that has text-to-speech. Oh. My. God! If I thought the 2nd Generation Kindles were good, this wipes them out of the water. I could set the speed of the narrator, who sounded like a real person. And I found that you could download other voices like those with British or Australian accents, male and female. I can hardly wait to use these. And you can download other languages so when I want to play with Spanish or German I will have someone to pronounce these out to me in story form. Seems like a great way to improve language skills.

Anyway, back to the book. I recommend this book to everyone. This is a conversation we all need to get involved in. How healthy is it to eat food shipped from across the continent or even from around the globe. How healthy is it for our planet to keep moving food in this fashion. It is a short read but powerful.

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Homesteading: 22 Amazing Lessons That Will Teach You How to Become a Homesteader and Why Those Skills are Important (Homesteading, Homesteading books, homesteading skills)Homesteading: 22 Amazing Lessons That Will Teach You How to Become a Homesteader and Why Those Skills are Important by Roman Reese

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

So far in my studies about homesteading, this is the worst. It is less than a primer. The editing was done by spell-check and not a reading by impartial eyes. Even so, I found a couple things that I hadn’t thought up before. Still, not worth the time it took me to read it. Sorry.

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Mini Farming: Mini Farming For Beginners: DIY Guide To Build A Self Sustainable Backyard (Backyard Farming - Homesteading - Backyard Chickens - Handbook - Backyard Gardening - Mini Farming)Mini Farming: Mini Farming For Beginners: DIY Guide To Build A Self Sustainable Backyard by Anders Svensson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been my recent mission to read as much about self-sustaining farming as possible so that I will know as much as I can I when move out to the country and start living in a more ecological and healthful way. So here is yet another sampling of what I’m reading.

Though this book has no clickable references, this is still full of a lot of interesting ideas as to run a small farm. I will come back to read it again once we are moved in. Remember, though, it is for beginners. For those who have been farming for a while this is not for you.

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