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Cricket    Posted 02-05-2002 at 20:32:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, I'm new here and have been very impressed with the wealth of information on this site.

I have just recently become interested in Homesteading and Self-Sufficient living.

I have checked out every book on the subject that any library in 50 miles of my home has.

I am looking to purchase a few of the books that I really enjoyed. If you have any of these specific books or any homesteading books that you feel may interest me (reasonably priced please) email me please!

* The Guide to Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour
* The Almanac of Rural Living by Harvey C. Neese
* Homestead Hints for the Home, Garden and Household by Donald J. Berg
* Country Live, A Handbook for Realists and Dreamers by Paul Heiney

Thanks!! Cricket

THANKS FOR THE GREAT RESPONSES!    Posted 02-12-2002 at 12:06:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you to all who responded to this post. The information I received was very helpful. I have looked into all of the suggestions and appreciate them all.

We live on 17 acres in the country and love it!

It does seem that the city is getting closer to us every day though! Every time I go to town, which isn't very often, I see a new home being put up. Pretty soon we'll be in the city!

Hal/WA    Posted 02-08-2002 at 12:12:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you haven't already, I suggest trying to get the old Mother Earth News issues from the 1970's. They have a wealth of information about living in the country and self-sufficiency. I have seen them in old book stores for reasonable prices and, like everything else, are probably on ebay.

TMEN had information about nearly everything that you need to know about moving back to the land. Too bad it became just another "country" magazine aimed at suburbia. I do still subscribe though.

Good luck in getting back to the country. It is a lot of work, but has been most satisfying to me.

kraig WY    Posted 02-08-2002 at 09:23:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Check out They have a quarterly magazine and sell all kinds of the books you would be interested.

Spence    Posted 02-06-2002 at 17:09:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got the bug Hey???

In my suit and tie days of years back I spent
most my lunch hours at thumbing thru books on homesteading at WH Smiths while everyone else was chugging down beers at the disco downstairs.
I collected quite a library.

Look for author John Vivien he has several paperbacks on homesteading. He presents a matter of fact approach to homesteading and is up to date.

I have Seymour's book. Ya gotta lov 'im! It's the greatest I think with it's recipe's and old time methods of farming. It's a bit dated in the area of house and animal housing proximity, but everything else would be useful if ever we have the next crash. The authorities would have a fit if you tried to build them that close together today. I don't think there's much there that hasn't changed since the eighteen hundreds.
I was happy to see how hay is stacked for the winter without a barn and the recipes on home made animal fodder. Even an article on hooking up a team and making an hedgerow and stone fence, and game food preparation, using a weaving loom, you name it.

You might want to check out Harrowsmith magazine from twenty years back. Maybe they have a site. They came out with a 1in thick combined edition every once and awhile you may still be able to get them. Now they're into home gardening mostly, I guess they have to print what sells. Back then the country was full of back-to-the-landers.

If you want to really know how to figure
out in technical detail how to build a pelton wheel for your own electricity, or methane collectors or wind generators, clivus multrum
toilets,solar heating,etc check out "Other Homes and Garbage".

Books by the late Helen and Scott Nearing
are really inspiring also.

Like most of this stuff goes back to the panics of the seventies. This stuff will crop up again in the next panic and one day it'll be for real.

Tom A    Posted 02-06-2002 at 03:14:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Welcome to the site!

I can't give up my copies (had 'em too long, and stil refer to them), but there's a couple of books I think you would like.

"Five Acres and Independence" by M.G. Kains. Written in the 30s and updated in the 40s, this is a great book with a guy who had both hands-on and book smarts. A little bit of it might be dated (building your own septic system, maybe), but it is excellent.

"Ten Acres Enough" by Edmund Morris. Written in the 1800s, but still has a lot of good info. It is available by mail from Small Farmer's Journal. The guy is a little pompous, but he left the city after a business crash in the 1800s and moved out to the country and established a successful homestead/farming business on 10 acres.

There are lots of others, but I think these are 2 of the best.


Geneva G. in OK    Posted 02-07-2002 at 20:55:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hoping you can help. I found for purchase a couple of copies of the 5 Acres & Independence book you mentioned by M. G. KAINS. However, one is a 30's/40's printing and the other a 70's printing. I was wondering if you are familiar with both, and if so which printing would you recommend? Thanks!
Geneva G. in OK

Donna    Posted 02-05-2002 at 21:37:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well your off to a great start, I enjoy reading the Foxfire book too, by Eliot Wigginton and his students, This is where I learned to make all my different soaps, and how to make my own lye, great
books, I have others, but I like the oldtimers in this best, I bet the library has them and you might do a search on the internet, If you have any
old folks around they can teach you so much, My grandparents got me started so very long ago, I love it, Welcome and glad your here.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 02-06-2002 at 06:48:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Been intrested in the self-sufficiency deal for many years and subscribed to lots of those types of publications. Save your self some money and time by sub. to Countryside & small stock Journal. They have a great web site too. Try Click on the forum egg and you will be amazed at the stuff you can learn just by posting a question!

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