I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns.
The author writes in the introduction to her book
"This is not a "how to" book. Neither is it a "why to" book. This book is about two people having a dream and taking the first step toward it, then another, and another."
Within, she describes the journey she and her husband are traveling toward self sufficiency. They began on rental properties with a large garden, dreaming of their own place. Time marched on, and they raised their family.
When at last they were ready, lists were made describing the dream farm. As they shopped around they discovered that assorted compromises were necessary. Once a property became theirs, she details the repairs and improvements they accomplished to their land and home.
Representing the need to observe and adapt, included are multiple property plans detailing the changes that were made as their objectives matured and the reality of the land itself dictated their course.
She writes how they determined what they would need to be food self sufficient, and what they are doing to get there.
They made the decision not to keep more animals than their land could support. So they are working towards supplying all the feed for their goats, and chickens. She includes their experiences of crop failures, and describes what crops can be fed to which animal without threshing. For example, wheat heads to chickens, and dried cowpeas and sunflower seeds both in the hull to the goats.
In addition, the author also covers ideas for working towards self sufficiency in energy and water sources.
I found this book particularly helpful as I live in the same USDA zone as the author. I look forward to learning more from her as she has written several additional books.