Good Food Book Club

5-Acres & A Dream: The Joys and Challenges of Creating a Self-Sufficient Life

December’s book is the third and final in our short series on homesteading for delicious food and self-sufficiency. 5-Acres & a Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead by Leigh Tate (Kikobian 2013) tells the journey of one couple’s journey to creating their self-sufficient homestead. Like Anne Dodds’s A Widow’s Walk, it is a delightful memoir, but like last month’s book, The Weekend Homesteader, it also offers plenty of ideas and how-tos on how to adopt strategies for self-sufficiency in your own life.

If you are more concerned than ever about food security, social justice, the environment, and community resilience, this book will bolster and nourish your skill set, resolve, and capacity. As this country comes to term with the results of the last presidential election, many Americans will take their enormous energy ahead with greater focus for the common good. This book is for you.

From the Introduction:

“Commitment is what keeps us going when we don’t feel like it. Commitment is a choice of will, not an emotion. It is vital to our homesteading success when problems arise or things go wrong. In a way, one could say it’s the true test of our resolve to do what we set out to do.”

The “memoir” part of the book—which is almost all of it—includes chapters like: The Dream; Defining Our Goals; Developing the Master Plan; Obstacles; Food Self-Sufficiency: Feeding Ourselves; Food Self-Sufficiency: Feeding Our Animals; Difficult Things; and Where Do We Go From Here.

Then there’s the “recipe” part of the book, which includes things like: Stuffed Summer Squash, Sauerkraut, Sweet Potato Honey Pie, and Cracklin’ Cornbread. Finally, the Appendix has even more information for the industrious homesteader.

With these three books on homesteading that wrap up the end of 2016 for our Good Food Book Club, we’ll be ready to look ahead to 2017 and all that comes with it, however that may look. Knowing we are in the midst of serious climate change, along with what may be the largest shift in food (and possibly sociopolitical) systems humanity has seen in generations, these stories and handbooks of self-sufficiency become vital tools of healing, hope, and action as we move into a new era.

Please join us to discuss 5-Acres & a Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead by Leigh Tate (Kikobian 2013) on Sunday, January 8 from 6:00-7:30pm at the Moscow Food Co-op. (Note: by group request, we’re moved this meeting to early January in honor of the winter holidays.) Remember to email to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. 5-Acres & a Dream is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used bookstores or visit BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the Co-op website at