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The intent of this page is not to promote anyone's books but rather to enlighten you as to some of the good books available today related to Self-Sufficiency and Homesteading. This covers a wide variety of topics. Listed here are references that will get you started.

 

Magazines

Magazine

Description

Countryside & Small Stock Journal

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This is by far one of the best magazine today for homesteaders. The articles contained within are written by homesteaders, about homesteaders and for homesteaders. 

Subscriptions are $18.00 / year. (Bi-Monthly) 
Call 1-800-551-5691 for details.

http://www.countrysidemag.com

Back Home Magazine

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This is what Mother Earth News used to be! An excellent guide to sustainable living. Each issue is filled with practical experience on country living. 

Subscriptions are $19.00 / year. (Bi-Monthly) 
Call 1-800-992-2546 for details.

http://www.ioa.com/home/backhome

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For those of you considering RE (Renewable Energy) this magazine is a must! Every issue is filled with practical experience on using solar, wind and hydro power. 

Subscriptions are $22.50 / year. (Bi-Monthly) 
Call 1-800-707-6585 for details.

http://www.homepower.com

 

Books

Title

Author(s)

Description

Laundry...The Way Granny Did It: An Emergency Preparedness Handbook
Kylie Jordan
Most of the basic things that we do today are automated, including our wash. Here's the "dirt" on how to do wash the old fashioned way. If you live off the grid or just want to know how to do laundry without electricity, this book comes clean on how to do it.

The Good Life
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Helen and Scott Nearing
Helen and Scott Nearing abandoned the city in 1932 for a rural life based on self-reliance, good health and a minimum of cash. Their natural way of living has been a great source of inspiration for me. 

Although times have changed, this book is still very relevant to those striving for self-sufficiency.

The Home Water Supply
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Stu Campbell
Water is an extremely valuable resource. Most people today depend on outside resources for their water needs. This book gives details on how to find, filter, store and conserve water.

Back to Basics
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Reader's Digest
Reader's Digest Back to Basics gives you the details of the "how-to-do's" of the lost skills of early America. From baking bread to building a house, you'll find this book a very useful resource.

Basic Country Skills
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Storey Books
More than 500 fact-filled pages cover thousands of the arts, crafts, and skills of country life. This encyclopedic book will make you feel like you have a master mechanic at your elbow, or an expert gardener looking over the fence.

Armed with this hardworking book you will be able to create it, fix it, improve it, do it.

Root Cellaring
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Mike and Nancy Bubel
Root cellaring is a simple, energy-saving way to keep food fresh all year. This book explains building and using different types of root cellars and which vegetables and fruits store best. Root cellaring is a natural, non-consumptive way in which to store your self-sufficient vegetables.

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Carla Emery
Carla's book on Country Living is full of ideas and how-to's related to living a self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Eliot Coleman
Your food supply is critical to self-sufficiency. Eliot's book explains in detail how you can expand your growing season to maximize food production.

Tom Brown's Guide to Edible and Medicinal Plants

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Tom Brown
Lots of good information on using common plants for survival and medicinal purposes.

Successful Small-Scale Farming

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Karl Schwenke
An organic approach to small-scale farming. A very good resource for essential farmstead skills.

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Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
Joe and Vicki gave up their successful and stressful careers in order to live more deliberately and meaningfully. Another great book that puts life and money in perspective.

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Gene GeRue
If you're planning to move to the country, this is a great resource of information, state-by-state. Before you buy, you have to read this book. It has tons of information regarding what to do and what not to do when considering living in the country. I believe the book is in its second edition.

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M.G. Kains
Originally written in 1940, this book has a lot of practical information for small-scale farming. It's amazing what you can do with 5 acres!

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Duane Elgin
I read this book anytime I have an urge to buy something frivolous! This is a fantastic book that puts life in perspective as it relates to materialistic values. 

Voluntary Simplicity is not a book about living in poverty; it is a book about living with balance. It illuminates the pattern of changes that an increasing number of Americans are making in their everyday lives.

The Modern Homestead Manual
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Skip Thomsen
Cat Freshwater

A very good book that stresses the realities of homesteading. A must book for those who "look before they leap". There's also a lot of good practical information about various aspects of homesteading. One chapter focusses on the details of installing backup  electrical generators and how to invest wisely in them.

To learn more about the book:
http://mailbooks.com/homestead

At Nature's Pace
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Gene Logsdon
Gene Logsdon's essays on the decline of rural society and the need for agricultural reform have made him one of our most important critics of large-scale farming. He explains the economic and biological crises that threaten farmers, their land, and the urban communities that depend on them.