Steal this Book!

Our book has been released! It’s available wherever books are sold, or you can get an autographed copy from us over on the right side of this page. Tell your friends and family! Blog, twitter, friend, digg and yell! From the press release:

The Urban Homestead is the essential handbook for a burgeoning new movement: urbanites are becoming farmers. By growing their own food and harnessing natural energy, city dwellers are reconnecting with their land while planting seeds for the future for our cities.

Whether you’d like to harvest your own vegetables, keep heirloom chickens, or become more energy independent, this smartly designed handbook has step-by-step instructions to get you homesteading immediately wherever you may live. It is also a guidebook to the larger movement, pointing you to the best books and internet resources on self-sufficiency and sustainability.

Learn how to:
• Grow food on a patio or balcony
• Preserve or ferment food and make yogurt and cheese
• Compost with worms
• Keep city chickens
• Divert your grey water to your garden
• Clean your house without toxins
• Guerilla garden in public spaces
• Create the modern homestead of your dreams

Written by city dwellers for city dwellers, this illustrated, two-color guide proposes a paradigm shift that adds joy to our lives, strengthens our communities, and supports our planet. Includes copious illustrations, project ideas, resources, and first person anecdotes from urban homesteaders across the country.

Authors Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen happily farm in their Echo Park bungalow and run the urban homestead blog:

By the way, that’s not us on the cover–those be models. Since we’ve just about given up on privacy here’s a photo of us on the right (by Caroline Clerc). And, for the record, we don’t have a modernist house!

A special thanks to all our contributors–you’ll be getting a complimentary copy soon.

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  1. Congratulations! Big doings over there in LA.

    Plus y’all are SO CUTE.

    I just may go out tomorrow and see if my local bookshop has it in. My burg has a lot of DIYers/guerilla gardeners/chicken keepers, so it might be a successful trip.

  2. re: “walking kale”.
    maybe because it was from a different strain/line, but the one i grew in the late 80’s had slight rubber (tire|tyre) flavor.

  3. I was excited to see your book at skylight last weekend and quickly bought it. It’s awesome!!! Congratulations! My friend patrica was reading it last night and she couldn’t put it down – she was very into the section on ducks. Way to go!!

  4. I was so excited to see your blog! You are both such and inspiration. This is the future that I want for my children. I have been growing a mini farm on the terrace of my condo in Santa Monica and have been blogging about it too! Here is a link to see my garden when I first started it in April:

    and somewhat of an update here:

    I am buying your book right now by the way 😉

  5. The book is amazing! Congratulations and right on to you both. We’ve already learned so much from your blog, and the book has even more information that’s both accessible and encouraging–yet somehow never sappy. It’s fun to read, too. I keep picking it up every chance I get.

  6. Congratulations on the book!

    We just bought it and can’t wait till it arrives.

    Julia P. and Eric T. (a.k.a. the ramshacklers)

  7. Hi, I saw your book over on Boing Boing, and just purchased and have read about a quarter of it. I’m enjoying it so far, and it’s giving me some ideas which I hope will sprout, both metaphorically and literally. 🙂 I’m thinking I’ll start small, but this looks like a good beginning and provides good jumping-off points for us neophytes.

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