Leigh Tate’s 5 Acres and Dream, The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead is one of the best things I’ve read in a while. As Leigh describes it, “It’s not a how to or why to book”. It is a wonderful story of one family’s journey of developing a self-sufficient homestead. Leigh’s writing style is clear, concise and a pleasure to read. Her honesty is refreshing. One thing that I really appreciated about this book was that it was a story about regular people, people like you and me, who didn’t have a lot of cash to work with and didn’t have their dream homestead fall into their laps. There is much wisdom to glean here for people who dream about homesteading but seem far away from the goal. The book is full of great ideas and the author shares her failures as well as successes. The topics of planning, gardening, water, livestock and more covered. My favorite chapter was chapter 10 titled “Obstacles”. Leigh has some great wisdom and insights into the topics of agrarianism and industrialism and how the industrial mindset is a stumbling block to homesteading. Lots of great stuff in this chapter! The book includes a list of resources and reading suggestions as well as a very useful appendix that includes how to use the Pearson Square to calculate feed rations. I really enjoyed reading this indie published book and I’m sure you will too.
On January 17th 2014, I interviewed Leigh Tate on my radio show. We talked about this book and her and Dan’s homestead for 2 hrs. Lots of great stuff in this interview. You can listen to it here.