The Self-Sufficiency Handbook
Your Complete Guide to a Self-Sufficient Home, Garden, and Kitchen
by Alan Bridgewater; Gill Bridgewater
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 14 Nov 2017 | Archive Date 12 Feb 2018
Fox Chapel Publishing, CompanionHouse Books
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 21 members
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!
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.