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Friday, December 30, 2011

Question before the New Year

Which homesteading book would you recommend to a new homesteader?

Please, I know it is difficult, but limit your answer to one. 


You are trapped on an island, and can have only one homesteading book to help you, which one would it be? Does that help? I know you guys all have one book that you go to first, which book is that?

13 comments:

gipsiwriter said...

I like the Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery.

Mamma Bear said...

I have several books. The problem I have found with books is what worked for them will not necessarily work for me and most of the time I wonder if the author(s) has actually ever lived on a homestead. I do like Mother Earth news magazine. Papa Bear gets a little irritated with the "green" news....LOL I don't think I answered the question did I?

Phelan said...

I started this blog because I was ticked off and annoyed with the books . But I have a plan, that's way I am asking you to name just one book you would recommend.

edifice rex said...

John Seymour's "The Self-Sufficient Life and How To Live It".
This is one of the few books that I consult fairly regularly. I mean, no one book is going to have everything and some stuff works only according to the location, but this is a good one. I highly recommend it.

Peggy said...

I can't narrow it down to one book either. I find different helpful things from different books. Not one book has most of what I needed to know.

DebH said...

and I agree with Peggy! it is impossible to find just 1 book that says it all...but anxiously waiting for someone to come up with the answer.

Phelan said...

Guys, I don't want the name of the book that has everything, I just want 1 book that you would recommend, the one book you end up opening first when you are looking for something.

HermitJim said...

I guess my choice would be "5 Acrea and Independence" by Maurice Grenville. That was the first homesteading book I can remember reading!

Sort of planted the seed, ya know?

Lynda said...

Five Acres and Indepedence. It was my first Homesteading book back in the 70's and I still use it. It's the first book I keep when I do my annual "book purge". I have had 100's of Homesteading books..but I have only a handful I would suggest people spend money on.

John said...

Countryside Magazine has a lot of good material in it.
Sometimes I just do things like I think it ought to be done. Then I improve on the idea next time. I use the internet a lot. You have sort through until you find something you want.

BCKRVUE said...

The Good Life: Helen & Scott Nearing's Sixty Years of Self-sufficient Living.
They were the great-grandparents of the back-to-the-land movement, having abandoned the city in 1932 for a rural life based on self-reliance, good health, and a minimum of cash. it's the book that fired us up to don what we do.

TransFarmer said...

Back to Basics. Since I got it in the mail, I haven't been able to put it down. It's got a ton of information in it.

Anonymous said...

Ditto on the Encyclopedia of Country Living! Also known as The Homesteading Bible, 'round these parts.

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