Great books with tips and information about raising farm animals in your backyard, making your own food, and providing for yourself regardless of where you live.

  Icon_print print      
414tcm095xl_thumb
Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land
Kurt Timmermeister

BIOGRAPHY TIMMERMEISTER

As Kurt Timmermeister settled into his new 4-acre property, he became awakened to the connection between what he ate and where it came from.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51dqtuyaail_thumb
The Homebrewer's Answer Book
Ashton Lewis

COOKING BEVERAGES LEW

From simple queries on getting started to discussions on the niceties of foam, Lewis provides the answers that homebrewers need.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
719rwdhpxrl_thumb
Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables
Mike Bubel, Nancy Bubel

COOKING CAN BUB

Root cellaring is a no-cost, simple, low-technology, energy-saving way to keep the harvest fresh all year long.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51m9llnvhil_thumb
The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals
Gail Damerow

FARMING BAC

Even urban and suburban residents can successfully raise farm animals. This essential guide covers everything from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs, and meat.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51tr6vooral_thumb
Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food
Wendell Berry

FARMING BER

The essays in this collection address such concerns as: How does organic measure up against locally grown? What can you do to support sustainable agriculture?


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51o9gtdswsl_thumb
Beekeeping: Self-Sufficiency
Joanna Ryde

FARMING RYD

While beekeeping is about managing, controlling, and understanding the honey bee, there is also the pleasure that can be found in harvesting and eating honey.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51pgsvytttl_thumb
Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century
Dick Strawbridge

GARDEN STR

Covering eco projects, how to produce little or no waste and to remove our dependence upon fossil fuels, and more, this book includes something for everyone-from urban apartment dwellers to suburbanites to those living in the countryside.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51revzct2al_thumb
The Urban Homestead
Kelly Coyne, Erik Knutzen

HOME COY

This handbook shows how to grow and preserve your own food, clean your house without toxins, raise chickens, gain energy independence, and more. Step-by-step projects, tips, and anecdotes will help get you started homesteading immediately.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
61hr6fsf_2bql_thumb
Building Country Comforts: Wisdom on Living a Sustainable, Back-to-Basics Life
Robert Inwood, Christian Bruyere

HOME INW

This book showcases homes and detailed, step-by-step building projects by non-professionals, along with their personal stories.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
Picture1_thumb
Homesteading in the 21st Century: How One Family Created a More Sustainable, Self-Sufficient, and Satisfying Life
George Nash, Jane Waterman

HOME NAS

This DIY guide holds to the premise that anyone can homestead and raise at least a portion of their food themselves. Provides information on keeping chickens, growing a garden, brewing beer and more.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51qz0awhryl_thumb
Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living
Deborah Niemann

HOME NEI

Shows how making things from scratch and growing at least some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet and reduce your carbon footprint.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
41vb8cefe0l_thumb
Making the Good Life Last: Four Keys to Sustainable Living
Michael A Schuler

HOME SCH

The idea of “the good life”—fancy cars and designer clothes leaves even those few who can afford it feeling anxious, empty, and dissatisfied. Michael Schuler deconstructs the assumption that consumption and constant stimulation equal happiness.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51dftyhypxl_thumb
Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
Jenna Woginrich

HOME WOG

From the satisfying work of starting a new garden to the bliss of gathering fresh eggs to be baked into a quiche served with warm-from-the-oven bread and hand-churned butter, Made from Scratch shares the deep satisfaction that comes with providing for oneself.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
518grtnkgtl_thumb
Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels
Edited by Noah Weinstein

HOME DIY PRO

This book shows just how simple it can be to make your own backyard chicken coop, or turn a wine barrel into a rainwater collector. Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project accompanying easy-to-follow instructions.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51tpdakjcnl_thumb
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to A Green Home: The Good Citizen's Guide to Earth-friendly Remodeling & Home Maintenance
Philip Schmidt

HOME DIY SCH

This new book presents a succession of manageable green projects shown with detailed photography and accompanied by sound instructions.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
5150omtmqfl_thumb
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Fred Pearce

SCIENCE ENVIRON PEA

Where does everything in our daily lives come from? Under what conditions are they harvested or manufactured? Veteran science journalist Fred Pearce set off to find out, and the resulting 100,000-mile journey took him to the end of his street and across the planet to more than twenty countries.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51mkbt7_2bidl_thumb
How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: 365 Simple Ways to Save Energy, Resources, and Money
Joanna Yarrow

SCIENCE ENVIRON YAR

This colorful handbook offers 500 practical, easily achievable ideas that conserve energy, prevent pollution, and save money. Surprising statistics will inspire action and demonstrate that simple habits can lead to big results.


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
Icon_print print Back to top of page