Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-reliance and sustainability. The traditional skills and crafts the three founders of Women's Heritage practice and are passionate about have been around for centuries, and yet they offer a whole new way of living in this modern society. As they did hundreds of years ago, these crafts encourage people to slow down, get their hands dirty, and be present. Better still, these traditional skills offer the opportunity to breathe new life into the community, bringing people together in friendship and a common interest. This indispensable reference book is divided into three sections: food (which covers everything from fermenting kefir and preserving vegetables to baking sourdough bread and sprouting); animal husbandry (which covers everything one needs to know about raising chickens, dairy cows, and pigs); and herbalism (which covers foraging, growing an herbal garden, and using plants to make beauty products, herbal medicines, and natural dyes). Lavishly illustrated with 275 full-color photographs and packed with recipes, detailed tips and techniques, and friendly and generous advice, this book encourages readers to consider adopting hobbies or interests that can open them up to a new community and enhance their quality of life. Book jacket.