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Here is the ULTIMATE book on homesteading! This is about people who have chosen to live with
less attention to economic livelihood, while focusing more attention to living life itself... This is
about the whole "back to the land" movement, home schooling, compost bins, food preparation
without electricity, bread making, home construction, stonework, off-grid living, and tons of other
useful information for the modern homesteader.
by Carla Emery.
From the garden or barnyard to the kitchen table,
here is a comprehensive resource for step by step
information about homesteading and food production.
Filled with more than 1,000 recipes, 700 mail-order
sources, how-to instructions from making soap, raising
chicken, to slaughtering hogs. Packed with earthly
wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of self-sufficient
living, this thorough, reliable treasury should be in
every home. Features 300 illustrations. Features
TONS of useful information every homesteader
by Mel Bartholomew
Square Foot Gardening presents a new way to garden
in less space with less work. The book has been
overwhelmingly accepted by gardeners across
America. Bartholomew also hosts the popular PBS
series of the same name. 37 photos. 63 illustrations
and charts. Excellent for homesteaders and backyard
A hands-on text for country living, this book
contains detailed advice on everything from
selecting a piece of land to raising livestock, from
making wine from home-grown fruits to making
fences strong and durable. Here is abundant advice
from a real country homesteader, a book equally
valuable for lifelong farm-dwellers or for the
new-to-the-country city folks looking to set down
First published in 1940, but still in print
thanks to Dover. This is a classic in the
field of small farm manuals, and it has an
awful lot of good advice for any city
transplant trying to master the world of
agriculture. Definitely worth reading.
When is the right time to shear a sheep? Is there a market
for manure? What time of day is best to collect eggs? What
is the correct way to milk a goat? What does a duck eat?
Can a cow and a sheep share the same pasture? Which types
of rabbits are easiest to raise? The perfect book for
anyone who has ever dreamed of having that little place in
the country, Barnyard in Your Backyard offers
tried-and-true, expert advice on raising healthy, happy,
productive farm animals: chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits,
goats, sheep, and dairy cows.
A big book of construction for the
farm. Takes the tack that you
probably don't know anything - but
that you can learn to build anything
from an outhouse to a barn! Also
includes plans for some sample
This one is very folksy and clearly based
on long experience. Full of hints and tips
on everything from the personality of
ducklings to nurturing foundling wild
birds. This is the only chicken book you
might read just for fun.
This is one of the few books available
on keeping a single cow at your farm
to provide milk and milk products for
your family. Published in 1976, so the
economics are a bit suspect, but it's
still a good reference.
The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the only book that
teaches all the skills needed to live independently in harmony with
the land harnessing natural forms of energy, raising crops and
keeping livestock, preserving foodstuffs, making beer and wine,
basketry, carpentry, weaving, and much more. This new edition
includes 150 new full color illustrations and a special section in which
John Seymour the father of the back to basics movement explains
the philosophy of self-sufficiency and its power to transform lives
and create communities. More relevant than ever in our high-tech
world, The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the ultimate
practical guide for realists and dreamers alike.
This book covers the basics of getting started,
as well as more creative ideas once you get the
hang of it.
Basic veterinary handbook for the
livestock owner who wants to know
when to call the vet and what to do
until she gets there. Covers horses,
cows, goats, sheep, and pigs.
Step by step instructions, with lots of
pictures, telling you what to do with
those meat animals now that you've
Frozen Assets is small in stature, but
jam-packed with meal-planning advice.
It contains recipe ideas, plus detailed
instructions on how to get the maximum
value from your food dollar, while also
slashing meal preparation times.
In a newsletter published from May 1990 to December
1996 as well as in three enormously successful books,
Amy Dacyczyn established herself as the expert of
economy. Now The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings
together all of her best ideas and thriftiest thinking into
one volume, along with new articles never published
before in book format. Dacyczyn describes this
collection as "the book I wish I'd had when I began my
adult life." Packed with humor, creativity, and insight.
"Husbandry" tells how anyone can achieve a good
living in the country, with out a lot of money. It gives
the author's first-hand, no-nonsense account of good
living by sustainable management of rather small,
cheap parcels of land. He tells how to find and
evaluate country places, how to examine their titles at
a courthouse, and how to buy wisely.
Illustrated guide to making over 40
kinds of soaps. Includes every step
of the soapmaking process and
teaches you how to craft exotic and
practical soaps in your home; blend
and use essential oils and natural
colorants; design multi-colored,
marbled, and imprinted soaps; and
create your own personal bars.
PLUS, you'll get tips on how to get
started selling soaps!
Create your own soaps at home!
Yields approximately 2 pounds of soap.
Each kit includes directions, pre-measured
olive, coconut, and palms oils, sodium
hydroxide, essential oils, and botanicals.
You will make a fabulous lemon soap with
There are even sections on the spirituality of
homesteading, with thoughts by Ralph Waldo
Emerson, Thoreau, quotes by Emily Dickinson,
knowledge from Helen and Scott Nearing, and
This book is a MUST HAVE for all
homesteaders, as well as those just learning
about this unique lifestyle.
This book is 366 pages of homesteading
knowledge that is considered by many to be
the NEW ultimate source on Homesteading!
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For the favorite Ogre in your life... Marthas Homekeeping
“Not too many Americans knew what ‘thread count’ was
before Martha Stewart came along; now, everybody and
his brother knows that a high thread count is a ‘very good
“Such has been the extraordinary effect Martha has had
on an entire generation of Americans who came of age—
domestically—in the early 1990s. What once was taught
to us by mothers and grandmothers is now something we
watch and read about—for fun and facts—in her
magazines and on her show.
“That’s why this book is such an extraordinary reference—
15 years in the making! Imagine 15 years of Martha’s
solid, straightforward advice on everything—from
organizing a pantry to caring for furniture to folding fitted
sheets—all distilled into one comprehensive ‘household
350 photos • 752 pages • 8" x 10"
*Martha's Got a
The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building,
Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs,
Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing,
Moonshining, and more! This is the first of a series of
books that will teach you EVERYTHING there is about
backwoods, livestock, homesteading, survival and
TONS of other useful information. Terrific gift for that
homestead type person in your life, too. Probably the
first and most complete information you'll ever find on
this unique lifestyle.
(Self Reliance, Homesteading, and Survival Books)