The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Homesteading: Step-by-Step Instructions for Raising Crops and Animals (Paperback)

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Farm to table takes on new meaning with this comprehensive beginner's guide to creating a backyard homestead.

Learn how to convert your yard into a sustainable and self-reliant space that reduces waste and puts food on your plate. Filled with practical advice and straightforward lessons, you'll soon see how feasible it is to keep poultry or can fruit you've grown. Whether you have a tiny plot or a large estate, The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Homesteading demonstrates that anyone can start living off their land.

This homesteading book offers up indispensable tips and tricks, including:
  • Project action plans—Kick-starting your homesteading journey is a breeze with action plans that help you break down necessary materials, project costs, monthly goals, and more.
  • Seasonal timelines—Knowing what to plant and when is crucial to your success. These precise timelines reveal the ideal schedules for everything from starting seedlings to harvesting honey.
  • Exhaustive instructions—Learn how to build the infrastructure you need with easy-to-follow directions. You'll find yourself constructing raised beds and planting fruit trees in no time.

Jump into a more sustainable, affordable, and fulfilling lifestyle with The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Homesteading.

About the Author

LISA LOMBARDO is a full-time gardener, homesteader, and author with a background in horticulture and landscape design. She grew up on a homestead and has raised her own food on urban, suburban, and rural lots for more than 30 years.

Praise For…

The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Homesteading is a must-have book for anyone wanting to live a self-sufficient lifestyle right where they are. This is a comprehensive and thorough book for all your homesteading needs. Lisa shares her experience on every topic to help guide the reader in getting started with their own backyard homestead.” —Amber Bradshaw, Founder of, Author of Beekeeping For Beginners and The Beginner's Guide to Raising Goats, TV Personality, and Homesteader

“Lisa's book takes individuals who seek to live a self-sufficient life by the hand, providing the necessary steps on how to establish a successful homestead. The tips and detailed information she provides for gardening, growing grains, and raising livestock are invaluable for those who are new to the lifestyle. Coming from a suburban housewife with no background on farming or living sustainably, I wish I had Lisa's book when we first started our journey. Establishing this life would have been much easier!” —Ann Accetta-Scott, Blogger at and Author of The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest

“Interested in homesteading but not sure where to start? This is the perfect guide for the absolute beginner hoping to set up a backyard homestead on a small suburban lot. Detailed checklists and cost breakdowns guide from start to finish.” —Ashley Adamant of Practical Self Reliance,

“Lisa Lombardo is a longtime voice in the homesteading world, and her new book reflects her vast experience. In the pages of The Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Homesteading, the reader will find assistance with planning, financial concerns, animal husbandry, and garden plans. Worksheets accompany the detailed instructions for each aspect of homestead production. If I could only have one homesteading guide on my bookshelf, The Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Homesteading would take that place!” —Janet Garman, Owner of Timber Creek Farm, and Author of 50 Do It Yourself Projects for Keeping Goats, 50 Do It Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, and Keeping Sheep and Other Fiber Animals

“While we personally have a lot of room for free-ranging chicken and large gardens on our New England sugarbush, I've often wondered how folks homestead so successfully in a small space. Lisa not only answers this question but meticulously walks you through maximizing your space and diversifying your homestead, no matter what the size. Thank you, Lisa, for a valuable tool that will help make simpler living a reality for many folks who are longing for it.” —Michelle Visser, Creator of the Simple Doesn't Mean Easy podcast, Owner of, and Author of Sweet Maple
Product Details
ISBN: 9781647397111
ISBN-10: 1647397111
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 204
Language: English