The 17 Best Homesteading Books to Grow Your Knowledge

You need solid advice on how to build, grow, and manage your land. Luckily, you aren’t alone. There are tons of books available for homesteaders, covering everything from organic gardening to home medicine.

Remember, information is power. No matter where you are in your journey to self-sufficiency, you can develop your skill set and improve your quality of life with these 17 homesteading books.

How to Create Your Garden: Ideas and Advice for Transforming Your Outdoor Space By Adam Frost

This book is an excellent reference for those starting a garden from scratch. Rather than focusing on inspiration or ideas, Frost lays out actionable plans for designing and constructing garden space.

The Family Garden Plan: Grow a Year's Worth of Sustainable and Healthy Food By Melissa K. Norris 

This book aims to teach beginner homesteaders how to grow a year’s worth of food sustainably. It’s chocked full of tips for choosing what to plant, when to plant, how to harvest, and even how to protect your garden from pests.

The Resilient Farm and Homestead By Ben Falk 

This comprehensive guide to whole-system permaculture designs is based on Falk’s real-world knowledge and hard practice of sustainable gardening.

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible By Edward C. Smith 

This practical handbook covers productive food gardening across every region of the US. It lays out a roadmap to achieve high-yield results in any growing zone, advising on soil depth, timing, temperature, germination, and best practices for over 70 herbs and veggies.

Foraging for Survival: Edible Wild Plants of North America By Douglas Boudreau and Mykel Hawke

If you plan to incorporate foraging on your homestead or are thinking about cultivating native plants, this book provides safe and vetted information you need to know.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals By Gail Damerow

This guide is a great place to learn about the different types of commonly kept livestock, including poultry, bees, beef, rabbits, goats, sheep, and pigs.