The Self-sufficient Life and How to Live It

The Self-sufficient Life and How to Live It

The Complete Back-to-basics Guide

Book - 2009 | 6th ed
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The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the only book that teaches all the skills needed to live independently in harmony with the land harnessing natural forms of energy, raising crops and keeping livestock, preserving foodstuffs, making beer and wine, basketry, carpentry, weaving, and much more. Our 2003 edition included 150 new full-color illustrations and a special section in which John Seymour, the father of the back to basics movement, explains the philosophy of self-sufficiency and its power to transform lives and create communities. More relevant than ever in our high-tech world, The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the ultimate practical guide for realists and dreamers alike.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : c2009
Edition: 6th ed
ISBN: 9780756654504
Branch Call Number: ANF 630 SEYM
Characteristics: 408 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Sutherland, Will 1945-


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Nov 12, 2015

I've owned this book for years, and I can't think of a better introduction to "back to basics" than this. Don't confuse this with other guides written by well meaning, but inexperienced...idealists. John Seymour is pragmatic, with more than a bit of the old-school European farmer in him, and careful readers will catch glimpses of a very dry humor.The book is logically arranged, each section covering different aspects of a self-sufficient farm: gardening, animal husbandry, maintaining a household, etc. Seymour has a way of explaining things so that they're fully understood, even if you've never looked into the topic before; brick-making comes to mind. I also really love the illustrations, some are necessary for understanding Seymour's instructions, some are just nice to look at. I have one small criticism, or maybe more of a caution to other readers: Seymour lives in Ireland, so if your climate is very different from Ireland's, his planting guide is no use to you, and some of the crops he writes about may not grow in your area at all (so it goes with all gardening books). Overall, this is a useful, practical, and entertaining book, with a permanent place on my bookshelves.

katiecakes100 Feb 12, 2014

This is a good beginner homesteading book. It has a general overview of most areas of interest that homesteaders may choose to pursue, including many traditional crafts and fix-it xolutions.

halo78fun Apr 28, 2011

This book has it ALL! From how to raise animals to harvesting various vegetables and even how to lay out a farm and provide your own energy - this book is very informative. I went out and bought this book after checking it out, and I don't even have a farm. :-)

scotte12 Nov 25, 2010

I enjoyed reading this book. It has a lot of illustrations and how to's that are great for a beginner hobby farmer.

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