Lessons Learned From 40 Years Of Self-Reliance On A Half-Acre Homestead

This just turned up on Rick’s Facebook feed.


Photo is of our hoop greenhouse from Farmtek. Lightweight, minimal framing, easy to erect.


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 Lessons Learned From 40 Years Of Self-Reliance On A Half-Acre Homestead

  1. loved the article, and if you sometime have the inclination, would love to learn/hear more of the specifics, tips, techniques you/your wife use daily to flourish on this homestead. Likely most are so habit to you'se, that you do not consider them, but for some of us it would be interesting and informative.

    I read
    that you make your own well-fermented sauerkraut,

    would you give us the instructions?
    can I do this in a large (huge) glass jar, or does it need be a crock?

    do you ferment or salt cure vegetables too?


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