Holiday Gift Guide: Favorite Homesteading Books

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Holiday shopping season is here, and we’re excited to share ten of our favorite homesteading books that would make great gifts for many people on your list. We didn’t want to play favorites — and besides, it would have been way too challenging to rank these — so they are simply listed here alphabetically.

I have reviewed all of these books previously on the website, and you can see the full review by clicking on the titles below.

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The Art of Natural Cheesemaking

This would be the perfect gift for someone who has cows, goats, or sheep and wants to learn how to make cheese without the use of commercial starters.

Epic Tomatoes

When its cold outside, reading this book will help you think ahead to summertime and warmer weather. It would be perfect to have on hand while flipping through seed catalogs and comparing different varieties to try in your garden next summer.

The Herb Lover’s Spa Book

This makes a great gift for someone who deserves a little pampering. You could also pair it up with a gift certificate to a local massage therapist.

The Holistic Orchard

For anyone thinking of starting their own orchard or looking for ways to improve their growing techniques, the simple and cost effective methods covered in this book would be very helpful.

Homegrown Pork

This comprehensive guide to raising pigs will endear many people on your gift list to these intelligent and entertaining animals if they’re not already. It includes guidance for purchasing, feeding, and handling pigs as well as delicious recipes for homegrown pork.

Mycelial Mayhem

Many homesteaders, gardeners, and foodies would likely be delighted to receive this book. It’s an excellent guide for growing interesting and delicious types of mushrooms beyond the white button and portobellos typically found in grocery stores.

Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture

This would be a great gift for beginning or seasoned beekeepers. The book focuses on natural, nontoxic beehive management including keeping bees without harmful antibiotics, pesticides, and other chemicals.

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide

If you know someone who wants to get started with using herbs medicinally, this is the classic beginner’s guide.

Temple Grandin’s Guide to Working with Farm Animals

For the animal lover in your life, especially if they happen to own large livestock or are thinking of getting started with cattle, sheep, goats, or pigs.

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