The Self-Sufficiency Handbook

Your Complete Guide to a Self-Sufficient Home, Garden, and Kitchen

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Pub Date 14 Nov 2017 | Archive Date 12 Feb 2018
Fox Chapel Publishing, CompanionHouse Books


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. ""This book shows that self-sufficiency is not only better for the planet - it's cheaper and more rewarding!""—Green Rewards/Sustainability Advisory Panel"

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...

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Nice practical guide to living off the land and being self sufficient. It's a lot of hard work, but if you're young and ambitious, worth a shot. I can grow enough veggies for winter for myself on my small suburban plot, so maybe I'll try to utilize more ideas from this book to be more self sufficient. If I were younger, I'd go off grid in a heartbeat! Still might!

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I am without doubt conscious that I make daily decisions that hurt or help our environment as well as my own state of mind and well being. I live in the suburbs in a place where bigger is better and I couldn't tell you more than the very basics about any of my neighbors. I've always imagined retiring somewhere in New Hampshire and would love to lead a much simpler, more self-sufficient life. I grow my own vegetables, recycle and walk rather than drive to local businesses, but I am still oh so reliant on electricity, internet, oil heat and all the modern conveniences that make our lives, well less connected with people. When I saw this book, I was immediately drawn to the authors who stated they would provide an overview on how to live a more self-sufficient life. The book covers quite an array of subjects, from living off the grid to growing an organic garden and animal husbandry. I would compare this to an appetizer before your entrée; a small taste of something designed to wet your appetite. The stories are interesting and informative and the book provided me with a lot of food for thought. As a beginner's guide, I would recommend this to anyone looking to live a more green life, even if going off the grid isn't your goal. A solid 3.5 stars. Thank you, Alan Bridgewater, Gill Bridgewater, Fox Chapel Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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