The Quarter Acre Farm
|Product Name:||How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year|
When author and gardening enthusiast Spring Warren told her family she was going to take over the backyard for a year a grow 3/4 of the food they would eat, they thought she had gone mad.
These feelings aside, she took the plunge and found out for herself what it really takes to become as self sufficient as possible on just a quarter of an acre.
This is the story of the trials and tribulations she faced and what she learnt along the way.
Without giving away too much, let’s just say the family are now converts to her way of thinking and often get involved themselves!
She tells us how she transformed her backyard into a mini farm and how she coped with issues such as pest control, figuring out planting and harvesting times and other problems along the way.
Although it is an interesting memoir that is sure to entertain any reader, it is particular pertinent for anyone dreaming of having a go at the self sufficient lifestyle themselves.
The author proves that with a lot of hard work even beginners can achieve great things.
At the very least it gives readers the opportunity to think differently about what they eat and where it comes from.
Readers’ love the informal, often humorous, tone in which the author describes what happened; it feels as if you are being treated to good advice from a close friend.
It also, unlike many other gardening books, features no preaching on the right and wrong way to do things.
It simply explains the experiments she made, what worked and what didn’t in the hope that you can learn from her mistakes as well as successes.
Book Specifications for the Quarter Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year
Author: Spring Warren
Publisher: Seal Press
Book Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Humorous, yet informative memoir giving a real insight into trying to live self sufficiently.
- Features good advice for beginners.
- Each section is accompanied by tasty recipes.
- The fact it is a story based overview of the author’s experiences it is not suitable for anyone looking for detailed, technical advice.
- As the author herself was a beginner the techniques used may be too basic for more advanced gardeners.
- Some readers found quite a few grammatical and punctuation errors which was distracting.
Many books of this ilk are written by experienced gardeners and farmers so seeing how it panned out for a beginner made the book extremely relatable to those thinking of trying it for themselves.
For those without prior knowledge, becoming self sufficient can seem like a minefield. There are lots of experts out there offering jargon filled technical advice that can go over your head.
For true inspiration, why not join Spring Warren on her year long journey to gain the perspective of a beginner and see what is really involved when creating a mini farm to sustain your family.