Family Homesteading: The Ultimate Guide to Self-Sufficiency for the Whole Family (Paperback)

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Whether you and your family are planning to take the big plunge and live off the grid, or you just want to make the best use of your backyard, here is practical advice and hands-on projects for the self-sufficient family that wants to go back to basics.

In an increasingly digital world, families are looking for ways to deepen their connection to one another and to the land. Family Homesteading is a guide to a simpler life, one that integrates children into the daily work of creating a sustainable homestead. From gardening and cooking, to herbalism and natural crafts, Family Homesteading shares stories and hands-on projects that will deepen relationships and build self-sufficiency skills.

Teri Page, author of the popular Homestead Honey blog, moved with her husband across country with young children to build their off-the-grid homestead on raw land. Together, they garden, forage, preserve foods, raise chickens, homeschool, and so much more. Perfect for homeschooling families or anyone working with or raising kids, readers will learn how to involve children in dozens of homesteading projects. Learn how to:
  • Forage for wild foods
  • Stock an herbal medicine cabinet
  • Craft beeswax candles
  • Make yogurt
  • Grow veggies from table scraps
  • Raise chickens
  • Tie basic knots
  • And so much more!

About the Author

Teri Page is the blogger behind Homestead Honey and manages a homestead in Missouri with her husband and kids. They are currently creating and cultivating organic gardens and planting food forests while they build an off-grid, 350 square foot tiny home. She and her husband have raised chickens, ducks, goats, bees, and pigs, have lived without electricity or running water, and currently homeschool their kids. Teri and her family live in La Plata, Missouri.

Praise For…

Family Homesteading is an insightful and personal journey on homesteading with children. Teri thoughtfully reminds us to enjoy the process and not to be so focused on the end product. This is a must-read for anyone considering homesteading with children.” —Connie Meyer,

"Having raised a large family in the homesteading tradition, I appreciate everything author Teri Page has to say in her book Family Homesteading. In an age where we are growing increasingly removed from the cycles of nature, this book serves as a great reminder of nature's bounty and offers excellent suggestions for enjoying the homesteading lifestyle with the whole family." —Devon Young, author, herbalist, and blogger at

“In this comprehensive guide to homesteading with children, Teri Page covers all the bases with topics like cooking, gardening, foraging, fermenting, and even herbal wellness. She gives us knowledgeable and practical guidance in this well thought out resource, including recipes, tips, and advice from other experienced homesteaders. This is a book that I will be recommending to all of my friends who have families of their own, whether they are already homesteading or simply homestead dreaming!” —Colleen Codekas, author of Healing Herbal Infusions

“In her book, Family Homesteading, Teri Page shares valuable details of her own family’s homesteading efforts, highlighting the many aspects of a rustic lifestyle that children, especially, love to embrace. The profiles of other families embracing the homestead life are inspiring as well, but this book is much bigger than a ‘how to homestead with kids’ guide. Delving into the instructions and recipes included in this book is a great starting point for getting back to traditional living—with the whole family. Most importantly, though, the book gives readers a sense of the satisfaction that comes from a life grounded in natural rhythms.” —Kris Bordessa, creator of

"I'm not sure I can express clearly how valuable I think Family Homesteading is going to be for families everywhere! Family Homesteading has filled a void in homesteading literature, namely an explanation of how do we do all this homestead-y stuff with families?! Teri moves throughout the year seasonally, offering instruction, projects, and plans for the whole family to work through as we build our homesteads. From homeschooling to gardening to livestock, every question we've had about how to best grow our family and our homestead at the same time will be answered. The homesteading journey is one we must take as a family and Family Homesteading will help us do just that. " —Tessa Zundel,

"Family Homesteading is a beautiful and inspiring read that celebrates the joy of working and playing together as a modern homestead family. Heartwarming photos are generously interspersed throughout, along with practical recipes and useful projects for enterprising homestead kids to enjoy." —Jan Berry, author of 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home

“What a fresh and much-needed book! I'm so glad Teri is sharing her wisdom about homesteading with children and as a family. New moms often ask me, 'How am I supposed to get anything done?' You'll find everything you need to know in the pages of this book. —Amy Stross, author of The Suburban Micro-Farm and owner of

“My children are grown now, but Teri's advice about self-reliant living is solid no matter how old you are. I enjoyed the diverse recipes and the Homestead Family Profiles. I think I need to go find some neighborhood children to teach!” —Shelle Wells, author of Prepper’s Dehydrator Handbook, and creator of

"Through step-by-step instructions, fun activities, and a peace of mind, Family Homesteading brings the entire family together and helps teach our future mini-homesteaders (of any age) amazing skills alongside of their parents. A great handbook for every homesteading family that wants to learn and grow together!" —Amy K. Fewell, Founder of Homesteaders of America, author of The Homesteader's Herbal Companion

“I loved reading how the Page/Thomas family is raising their family while homesteading. The accounts of life and the skills taught can be incorporated into any lifestyle, not just off the grid living. I only wish this book had been published when my children were young!” —Janet Garman, author of 50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens and creator of

“I love how Teri engages the whole family into the homesteading rhythm. Her book is about creating not only skills, but wonderful memories.” —Isis Loran,
Product Details
ISBN: 9781510735507
ISBN-10: 151073550X
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication Date: October 16th, 2018
Pages: 208
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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