5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead

What does it take to be a successful homesteader? 

5 Acres & A Dream The Book is the first in Leigh Tate’s 5 Acres & A Dream homesteading series. It begins with the years leading up to the Tates' 2009 purchase of a 1920s farmhouse on five acres in the foothills of Southern Appalachia. This first book in the series shares how they defined their dream, developed property hunting criteria, faced setbacks, and finally found the right place. It describes how they set and prioritized their goals and mapped out a plan. It shares the difficulties and obstacles they faced, and what they’ve learned about energy, water, and food self-sufficiency.


Ch. 1    The Dream
Ch. 2    Defining Our Goals
Ch. 3    Setting Priorities
Ch. 4    Developing A Master Plan
Ch. 5    The Establishment Phase
Ch. 6    Food Self-Sufficiency: Feeding Ourselves
Ch. 7    Food Self-Sufficiency: Feeding Our Animals
Ch. 8    Energy Self-Sufficiency
Ch. 9    Water Self-Sufficiency
Ch. 10  Obstacles
Ch. 11  Difficult Things
Ch. 12  Work Smarter Not Harder
Ch. 13  Where Do We Go From Here?
Conclusion: Doing What We Ought

Also Included

Homestead Recipes
Calculating Protein With The Pearson Square
Homegrown Vitamins and Minerals For Goats

9 x 6 inch paperback, 262 pages
142 photos, 14 charts and diagrams
ISBN-13: 978-0989711104
ISBN-10: 0989711102

List price

Paperback USD $12.95
eBook (Kindle or PDF) USD $9.95 

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Angus & Robertson (Australia)
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