In one way or another, each of the these books helped us along the thought process that led to our decision to start the homestead. So if you're wondering what the heck we're thinking, pick up any one of these books and you'll probably start to see why we've started down this path.
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver - One of my favorites. Very inspiring and informative. A good place to start.
- The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan - If you don't have time for Omnivore's Dilemma
- One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
- All Flesh is Grass by Gene Logsdon
- The Contrary Farmer by Gene Logsdon
- Pastured Poultry Profit$ by Joel Salatin
- $alad Bar Beef by Joel Salatin
- The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman
- The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman
- Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway
- Up Tunket Road by Philip Ackerman-Leist
- The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins
- The Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing - Take this book with a grain of salt and DO NOT use it as a how-to manual. Helen and Scott capture the spirit of homesteading, but can be very misleading about the realities...
- A Language Older than Words by Derrick Jensen
- Endgame, Volumes 1 & 2 by Derrick Jensen
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy - This book may seem out of place, but it gets you to think about the possible realities of a post-collapse America. McCarthy gets you to think about unpleasant things and makes you ask yourself "What if..."