The New American Homestead

With Spring fast approaching and already here in some parts of the country I thought I would share a new book that is very appropriate for this time of year.

The New American Homestead written by John H. Tullock is all about living sustainably in either the city or the country. Filled with the essentials, John introduces the principals of permaculture and provides many handy call-outs featuring resources throughout the book.

Tullock teaches gardening basics, composting, how to plant vegetables, herbs, and fruits. He also teaches about foods from animals and how to work with them in the homestead kitchen.

This is a true guidebook in which he focusses on how-tos, such as how to make specific relishes and even very interesting recipes such as pickled peaches.

In the last section of the book Tullock instructs you in how to make a lifescaping plan. This plan shows you how to develop a homestead that will integrate into the local ecology and to maximize the possible share of your families’ needs with the space you have available. The author also touches on water needs, how to install a rainwater collection system and how to manage drainage.

The New American Homestead is a real guidebook, you will want to refer to it again and again. Great to keep handy in the kitchen, and a great resource for permaculture to keep at hand. You can purchase The New American Homestead at Amazon.

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Pilgrim - March 8, 2012 Reply


This looks like a very helpful guide for anyone–living tiny or not. There is another you might consider also, The Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal.

alice h - March 8, 2012 Reply

This is also an interesting read, written by a Pacific NW gardener

Johnny - March 8, 2012 Reply

Sharon Astyk has a couple of excellent books out on the subject of homesteading as well. I recommend “Independence Days”. She also has a website.

Rebecca - March 9, 2012 Reply

This looks like a good book, regardless of the size of your house. I’m going to add it to my wishlist.

Another good book is The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery.

John Tullock - February 2, 2013 Reply

Many thanks, belatedly, for this great review. I am glad you enjoyed the book. Please join the conversation at my blog site, or visit the New American Homestead Facebook Page at
Thanks again!

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