Self Sufficiency Handbook: Your Complete Guide to a Self-Sufficient Home, Garden, and Kitchen
Worried about ever-rising fuel bills and longing for the day when you can be off-grid and independent? Anxious about the quality of the food you eat and planning to go organic? Yearning to get back to the way it was but don’t know where to start? This book will show you how to achieve the eco-friendly good life. The authors cover the ecological gamut from geothermal heating to crop rotation to soap making. They answer important questions like how much land is really needed to be self-sufficient, whether or not to depend entirely on natural forms of energy, and which farm animals will best meet your needs. There’s practical information here on building an insulated flue pipe chimney, identifying edible wild plants, and composting with worms―as well as recipes for jams, rhubarb wine, cheeses, and more. Packed with full-color photographs, helpful illustrations, and diagrams, Self-Sufficiency Handbook will appeal to urban dwellers who want to adopt certain aspects of greener living and to serious adherents of back-to-basics living.
Inside Self-Sufficiency Handbook
Inspirational yet practical introduction to a greener way of living.
Essential reading for anyone considering a shift to a more self-sufficient lifestyle, no matter how small the change.
Emphasis is on the positive aspects of self-sufficiency, such as cutting living costs and eating well.
Covers everything from fitting a wind turbine to making honey from your own beehives.
Step-by-step instructions on keeping animals, growing organic food, and preserving your own produce.
Guidelines for creating a self-sufficient home and eco-friendly home improvements.
My generation seems to be a generation that wants to get back to their roots. Given the opportunity my husband and I would definitely find a place where we can live much more off the land and what we can sustain ourselves. When I was younger I never in a million years would have pictured myself gardening, canning, owning horses etc… Yet we do all of those things. We really want to implement some more things at home but where we currently live we are limited by zoning. As it is we can’t keep our horses on our own property. In the meantime we gain experience through the farm where we board our horses – there are many other animals there and we gain alot of knowledge. What we haven’t experienced yet can have gaps filled in with the assistance of this Self Sufficiency Handbook!
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