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ISBN-10: 0936070811
ISBN-13: 9780936070810
Publisher: Shelter Publications
Publish Date: 03/03/2020
Dimensions: 8.50" L, 8.40" W, 0.60" H

The Half-Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening

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Lloyd Kahn and his wife Lesley’s story of building their own home, establishing a garden, and practicing crafts on a small piece of land on the Northern California Coast over a 46-year period, with over 500 photos.

Lloyd, the former shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, has published seven books on owner building, showcasing hundreds of builders, and this is his first book on his own work.

Starting with a vacant half-acre piece of land, they built their own home, created a garden with vegetables and fruit, and describe raising chickens, bees, and goats. The book also covers cooking, foraging, fishing, crafts, birds, butterflies, and tools.

Their main theme is that this was all done by hand.

They have never paid rent nor have they ever had a mortgage.

There are over 500 photos illustrating all the above facets of their lives and clear explanations of building skylights, maintaining a septic system, building greenhouses and raised vegetable beds. There is a section on unique kitchen tools, as well as advice on useful tools used in construction.

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The Handmade Life

Many folks dream of being self-sufficient on a half-acre homestead somewhere. The person I know who's come closest to that goal is Lloyd Kahn, who has evolved a do-it-yourself lifestyle near a city that really works and is not a fantasy. He's put his 46 years of building his own homes, foraging for wild foods, raising plants, traveling in a van, working from home, self-publishing, and all-around DIY into one photographic book. The Half-Acre Homestead is not how-to; it's a visual demonstration of what an integrated handmade life looks like, for real. At 85 years young, Lloyd Kahn is still doing it! He is one of my heroes. -KK
-Kevin Kelly – Recommendo, March 15, 2020

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ISBN-10: 0936070811
ISBN-13: 9780936070810
Publisher: Shelter Publications
Publish Date: 03/03/2020
Dimensions: 8.50" L, 8.40" W, 0.60" H
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