Food recalls dubious health claims and scary and shocking ingredients in health and beauty products. Our increasingly industrialized supply system is becoming more challenging to navigate, more frightening, and more frustrating, leaving us feeling stuck choosing, in many cases, between the lesser of several evils.
Author Deborah Niemann offers healthier, more empowering choices by showing us how to reclaim links in our food and purchasing chains to make healthier choices for our families, ourselves, and our planet. In this fully updated and revised edition of Homegrown and Handmade, Deborah shows how making things from scratch and growing some of your food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life.
Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it’s packed with answers and solutions to help you rediscover traditional skills, take control of your food from seed to plate, and much more. This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge are more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful, self-taught modern homesteader, this well-illustrated, practical, and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a more empowered life.
Deborah Niemann presents and teaches extensively on soapmaking to livestock care. She and her family raise livestock for meat, eggs, and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables. Deborah is also the author of Raising Goats Naturally.