The Urban Homestead

Self-Sufficient Living in the City (Expanded and Revised Edition)


*A Living Now Book of the Year award winner!*

This celebrated, essential handbook for the urban homesteading movement shows how to grow and preserve your own food, clean your house without toxins, raise chickens, gain energy independence, and more. Step-by-step projects, tips, and anecdotes will help get you started homesteading immediately. The Urban Homestead is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you to the best books and internet resources on self-sufficiency topics.

Written by city dwellers for city dwellers, this copiously illustrated, two-color instruction book proposes a paradigm shift that will improve our lives, our community, and our planet. By growing our own food and harnessing natural energy, we are planting seeds for the future of our cities.

New projects include:

  • How to sterilize jars and bottles
  • How to make infused oil
  • Six ways to preserve a tomato
  • How to make soda bread
  • How to store grain with dry ice
  • How to make a tomato can stove
  • How to make a Viet Nam light
  • How to make a Euell Gibbon’s crock
  • How to make L’hamd markad, or preserved, salted lemons
  • How to make a bike light

“The Urban Homestead…touches on vegetable gardening, poultry, DIY cleaning products and beer making all outlined with a sense of play and fun.”Whole Life Times

“…a delightfully readable and very useful guide to front- and back-yard vegetable gardening, food foraging, food preserving, chicken keeping, and other useful skills for anyone interested in taking a more active role in growing and preparing the food they eat.”

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen are creators of the blog Root Simple, a green living and self-sufficiency resource for urbanites. They live in Los Angeles.

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5.25 x 8.2 | 360 Pages | ISBN: 978-1-934170-10-6