September 13, 2020

Published! 5 Acres & A Dream The Sequel

At last! I can finally announce that my sequel to 5 Acres & A Dream The Book is officially published! Oh my, but I often thought this day would never come. But it did, and here it is.

5 Acres & A Dream The Sequel:
Lessons Learned in the Quest for
a Self-Sufficient Homestead

Back cover blurb:

"The homesteading dream, is it still alive?

"In 2009, Leigh and Dan Tate bought a 1920s farm house on five neglected acres in the foothills of Southern Appalachia. They had a dream but very little money. All was going well until an unfortunate accident forced them to rethink everything they were about.

"5 Acres & A Dream The Sequel is the second book in Leigh Tate’s homesteading series. It follows 5 Acres & A Dream The Book, and takes a hard look at what happened to their dream. Has it changed? Are their goals and priorities still the same? Leigh updates their progress toward food, energy, and water self-sufficiency, sharing how their self-reliance goals have expanded and changed. She shares how they've learned to prioritize projects in spite of distractions and discouraging times, and how they deal with feeling overwhelmed. She discusses how their relationship with their land and animals has changed the way they see themselves and their homestead."

Excerpts from the Introduction:

"When I first published 5 Acres & A Dream The Book, I never dreamed it would do as well as it has. Nor that I would hear from so many people telling me how encouraging that book has been to them. When I look back through it, however, I am aware of how much our homestead has changed. Between that and the encouragement I receive to continue writing, I felt that it was time to share the next part of my husband Dan’s and my story."

"If you're looking to take back some sense of control over your life, then I hope this book is an encouragement to you. I hope it can help you develop a new normal of your own making, with a greater sense of purpose and inner freedom. You don't need large acreage or a lot of money to start a garden. Or to simplify your diet. Or your lifestyle. You just need to take a first step. We all start the journey at the same place—the beginning."

Author Bio:

"Leigh Tate is a long-time homesteader and passionate advocate for sustainable, simpler, self-reliant living. Through her books and blog, she shares what she and her husband Dan are learning about homesteading, permaculture gardening, off-grid food preservation, regenerative soil management, holistic livestock keeping, plus energy, water, and resource stewardship. She enjoys encouraging others to make their own homestead dreams come true."


Ch. 1 - The Dream: Is It Still Alive?
Ch. 2 - Reassessing Our Goals
Ch. 3 - Reevaluating Our Priorities
Ch. 4 - Fine-tuning the Master Plan
Ch. 5 - The Transition Phase
Ch. 6 - Food Self-Sufficiency: Feeding Ourselves
Ch. 7 - Food Self-Sufficiency: Feeding Our Animals
Ch. 8 - Energy Self-Sufficiency
Ch. 9 - Water Self-Sufficiency
Ch. 10 - Resource Self-Sufficiency
Ch. 11 - Discouraging Things
Ch. 12 - Distractions
Ch. 13 - Toward Keeping a Balance
Conclusion: A Sense of Purpose


Homestead Recipes
Pasture Rotation: 3 Models
Polyculture Forage, Hay, and Cover Crop Lists

Praise For: here

Look Inside: at Amazon

Giveaway: In partnership with, I'll be giving away four (4) copies of The Sequel. You need to join their forum to participate, but I promise it's the best permaculture and homesteading forum I've found. Entry details can be found at this page. Giveaway dates are Sept. 14 - 18. I hope to see you there!

Technical Stuff:

9 x 6 inch paperback, 260 pages
204 photos, 11 charts and diagrams
ISBN-13: 978-0-9897111-4-2
ISBN-10: 0-9897111-4-5
List price: $12.95 USD

Currently available from:
        And will soon be available from other online booksellers.
        I'll keep an updated list at my book website.

If you're willing to give this a share to help me get the word out, I'd appreciate it!


Florida Farm Girl said...

Congratulations on the publication of the new book. Let's hope its a roaring success.

Nancy In Boise said...

How good for you! Congrats and I hope it's a huge success

Gorges Smythe said...


wyomingheart said...

You are such an inspiration to read, and we are very happy and excited for you both. Can’t tell you how much we are looking forward to adding the sequel to our library! Congratulations Leigh!

Boud said...

Congratulations! Hoping for great success for this sequel.

daisy g said...

Kudos to you! I know it will do well.

What will you do with all your spare time now that it's finished? ;0D

Retired Knitter said...

Posted it on my Facebook page as that has a far greater reach than my blog. It is a winner!!!

Leigh said...

Thank you everyone! I appreciate the good wishes.

Daisy, when I find that spare time I'll let you know, lol. Right now I need to get the word out so that all the time I spent on the book is justified. :)

RT, thank you so much! Sending a big cyber hug your way!

Ed said...


Mama Pea said...

How good you must feel to have reached this point of completion on your latest book. (Big, big sigh of relief, eh?) I just ordered it from Amazon to add to your others on our shelves. Very eager to get and read it! I know your writing is important to you, but darned if I can figure out how and when you find the time to do it. Congratulations, Leigh!

mel said...

I know the feeling of "will I ever finish and publish this book" all too well. I think every author does. WRG on publishing with KSP. Will this be available through smashwords too? Cockeyed Jo

Leigh said...

Thanks Ed!

Mama Pea, I mostly find time by getting up early! But really, it would have been out a lot earlier if there wasn't so much else to do. I appreciate your adding it to your home library!

Jo, so far I've only gotten this formatted for paperback. Maybe eventually, I'll get it out as an eBook. The biggest challenge is the photographs. Optimizing them for print means they are a lot of MB, so the file size is too large for e-publishing. All the photos need to be re-optimized for the internet. Even so, I think the final file size would exceed Smashwords MB limit.

Rosalea said...

Congratulations! I've followed you for years, and have found your journey so interesting. Your books are on my Christmas list.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Congratulations Leigh! A great accomplishment and such wonderful news.

Goatldi said...

So proud of you and your latest book. What a labor of love for you to share what is a way of life and a passion for you.

Spare time? When you find it may I suggest weaving? Start small with mug rugs and then on to bigger projects 😉

Mike Yukon said...

Congrats Leigh. I'll be ordering one.

Leigh said...

Rosalea, may Santa Claus be good to you this year!

TB, thank you! It is a big accomplishment (for me) but I love the process and the prospect of putting something of value into the hands of folks who want to find their own homesteading path.

Goatldi, thanks! Weaving is a great idea! Or at least some spinning and knitting. Cooler weather is hopefully on the way and once the fall garden is planted, it will be wonderful to get back to other favorite activities.

Mike thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

Hill Top Post said...

Your book looks wonderful! Congratulations on a job well done!

Leigh said...

Thanks, Mary! It was truly a labor of love. :)

Kelly said...

Congratulations! My copy is on its way as we speak, though it might be later in the year before I actually get to read it. :D

Debby Riddle said...

Wow! good work!

Leigh said...

Oh Kelly, I hope you enjoy it!

Debby, thanks!

Cockeyed Jo said...

Leigh, It's a shame that the file is too big. Bet it's all those pics.

Leigh said...

I will work on eventually turning this into an eBook. You're right, is it the pics, which have to be created in high resolution for print, which means a lot of KBs and MBs. It's also flowability of text, which is fixed for print books. One of these days I'll work on it, even if I have to find someone besides Smashwords to publish it besides KDP.

Mike Yukon said...

Hi Leigh. I started reading the "Sequel" and in the 'acknowledgments' I noticed my name, thank you. I hope my contribution was worthy of it.

Leigh said...

Mike, I'm happy you noticed! Yes, a number of my blog readers have been invaluable in their help, and I'm especially grateful for the support and encouragement you've always shown me. Thank you!