My Books

Critter Tales: What my homestead critters have taught me about themselves, their world, and how to be a part of it
is my newest release. Similar to 5 Acres & A Dream The Book, it focuses specifically on farm animals and how they fit into a self-sustaining homestead. Each section begins with my research into the needs and care of our various animals and then weaves real life stories and experiences into the challenges we've faced in learning how to partner with our critters as we work toward our goal of self-sufficiency. 389 pages. List price $14.95. Visit for more information and where to buy.

5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead 
is the story of my husband Dan's and my beginning journey toward our dream of simpler, sustainable, more self-reliant living. Chapters include: The Dream, Defining Our Goals, Setting Priorities, Developing A Master Plan, The Establishment Phase, Food, Water, and Energy Self-Sufficiency, Obstacles, Difficult Things, Work Smarter Not Harder, recipes, and more. 262 pages, list $12.95. More info & where to buy at

The Little Series of Homestead How-Tos from 5 Acres & A Dream 
is an eBook series focusing on the homesteading skills folks are asking about today. Concise and to the point, each book includes photos, a glossary, and links to more resources. List price from 99¢ to $2.99 each, they are available in all eReader formats. New How-Tos are introduced regularly, so please visit for the complete list of current titles and where to purchase.


Dezz said...

I read your 5 Acres & a Dream! Lots of information that makes even a newby like me feels like I can implement something right away! Even your writings on the mistakes you made along the way are enlightening! Love the book!

~Deb from Oregon

Unknown said...

Ordered your book online as i could not find it in our local bookstores, hopefully it can answer the questions i have, if not i will be a regular poster and constantly picking your brains for information :)

Leigh said...

Dezz, thank you! I always hope to be an encouragement to others. :)

Dave, self-published books rarely make it to book store shelves, but I'm honored you ordered it. I'm always happy to answer questions and share what I can. Feel free to ask away!

Hannah said...

Is there any way these kindle books would be available for a download? E-Books? Thanks much.

Leigh said...

Hannah, the only ones that are in eBook format so far are The Little Series of Homestead How-Tos. They are available at Amazon for Kindle (also Smashwords and a few other places). If you click the link, it will take you to a listing of all the titles. These link to their own pages and give you more information plus links to sellers. I hope that helps.

Paddywack said...

Happy New Year to you,
My son bought your Book for my Xmas present and it was one if not the most interesting books I have read on the Homestead/Self reliant topic for a long time, it came over as being very honest and not titivated in any way.
We have been heading down the same road for a couple of years now and your views have shifted our targets to be more realistic and reachable.
Best wishes,

Leigh said...

Michael, thank you so much for your comment. You, and others like you, are the folks I am writing for! I wish you every success in your homesteading venture.