Recommended Publications

November 18, 2014 lisa63 DIYgardenherbsmiscellaneousrecipes

Every serious urban farmer needs advice from time to time.  Even though you can find almost anything online, I still enjoy sitting with a cup of coffee reading one of my magazine subscriptions.  I enjoy getting away from the computer and actually turning the pages of a good “read.”

So I thought I would talk this week about my favorite publications.

November/December 2014Countryside & Small Stock Journal
This magazine is my “go to” publication.  I will read Countryside from cover to cover.  Countryside Magazine is a publication of reader submissions.  Homesteaders share a their ideas and experiences on how to live a simple and self-sustaining lifestyle.  There are no paid writers for this magazine,  just reader submissions.  The magazine is neighbors sharing with neighbors their experiences, recommendations, and suggestions.  This publication is the best, in my opinion, for the urban farmer, small farmer, and self-sustainer.

Small Stock Magazine, founded in 1917 and Countryside, founded in 1969, merged in 1973 to become Countryside & Small Stock Journal.  Their philosophy: “It’s not a single idea, but many ideas and attitudes, including a reverence for nature and a preference for country life; a desire for maximum personal self-reliance and creative leisure; a concern for family nurture and community cohesion; a belief that the primary reward of work should be well-being rather than money; a certain nostalgia for the supposed simplicities of the past and an anxiety about the technological and bureaucratic complexities of the present and the future; and a taste for the plain and functional.”

Countryside is published bimonthly and its subscription rate is $21.00 for six issues.

Grit Magazine
Grit magazine emphasizes the importance of community and a rural lifestyle tradition.  The publication is geared toward the rural farmer but even the urban homesteader can find informative and pertinent information in every issue.

The magazine includes helpful articles, humor and inspiration, reader photos, gardening advice, cooking advice, DIY projects, and practical reader advice.

Grit’s website has all the articles from the magazine, blogs, land for sale, newsletter, videos, and much more.

Grit is published bimonthly and its subscription rate is $19.95 for 6 issues.

Urban Farm Magazine
Urban Farm Magazine is written for sustainable city  living.  It has paid writers with regular columns.  The magazine has features such as Hydroponics, Green?Thumb, City Buzz, Organic Feast, Backyard Barn, and Urban Legends.

Urban Farm tends to gravitate toward food and cooking, but it is still a good read.  It also gives advice on crop rotation, herbal remedies, and cooking from scratch.

Urban Farm is a good magazine, but for the price and the amount of ads, I prefer the writing in Countryside.

Urban Farm is published bimonthly and its subscription rate is $15.00/year for six issues. is a blog, but it does have free downloadable e-books.  It is a part of which is a pay site. is free.  The site has remedies, herbal kits, and e-courses.

They use ingredients that can be wild-crafted or purchased from herbal stores.  Their recipes use ingredients that are found in your kitchen cupboards.  The remedies they use have been used for generations and as far back as Egyptian times.

A great e-book is the Creative Herbalist, 13 Uncommon Remedies and Recipes, which is a free download.  It contains step-by-step recipes and remedies that step outside the box of common herbal remedies.  This e-book is worth downloading.

Happy reading,


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