I’m giving talk at Maker Faire this weekend: The 21st century 1/4-acre homestead

I’m doing a talk at the Maker Faire, put on by O’Reilly’s Make Magazine, next weekend in San Mateo, Calif, Saturday afternoon, May 22. 1:30 PM at the San Mateo County Event Center (the old Bay Meadows racetrack.) Most of the stuff in Make is pretty nerdy: circuit boards, robots, remote control, hi-tech noodling…but at this year’s Maker Faire, there’s the “Homegrown Village,” sponsored by Farm Aid. I’ll be talking about a mini-homestead. Building a home, growing food, backyard chickens on a small piece of land — country or city. Tiny houses, houses on wheels, houseboats. Scaling back. Just how much of your food and shelter can you produce in the 21st century? I’m looking forward to it, it’s always sounded like a great event.


About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to I’m giving talk at Maker Faire this weekend: The 21st century 1/4-acre homestead

  1. Good morning, Lloyd! I have several of your building books, and I'm happily anticipating the tiny houses book (I love tiny houses)(in theory!), but it does seem logical that you would do a book about (mini?)homesteading. You've mentioned several times that you've felt that your own has come around after 30? years or so, and my husband and I will be retiring about the time that book would come out if you start thinking about it now ;)… so what d'ya think?

  2. Omo: Someone suggested that a while ago, I might do it one of these years. I've learned a lot in almost 50 years of building, gardening, and maintaining, but still have a book on tiny houses to do 1st.

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