Books of Interest

All New Square Foot Gardening

This all-new, updated book is even simpler than it was before. You don’t have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you’ll be growing above the ground. Anyone, anywhere can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results.

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—you will find your imagination sparked, and there’s no reason why you can’t, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. This may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

Now the experts at Ball have written a book destined to become the “bible” of home preserving. These 400 recipes include everything from salsas and savory sauces to pickling, chutneys, relishes and of course, jams, jellies, and fruit spreads. Directions on safe canning methods plus lists of required equipment and utensils. Specific instructions for first-timers and handy tips for the experienced make the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving a valuable addition to any kitchen library.

Crisis Preparedness Handbook

A Complete Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival

A complete guide to emergency preparedness for our uncertain times. Virtually an encyclopedia of food storage and personal preparedness, it covers topics from exactly how to design a food storage program tailored for your particular family to growing and preserving food, storing fuel, alternate energy, emergency evacuation kits, medical and dental, surviving biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism, communications, selection of firearms and other survival tools, and preparing for earthquakes. Dozens of detailed, expert checklists and tables with photographs and index. Extensive book and resource lists with regular and Internet addresses. An absolute must for those serious about preparing for and surviving during our dangerous times.

Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook

Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in A Crisis

Peggy Layton holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from Brigham Young University, with a minor in food science and nutrition. Peggy and her husband, Scott, have seven children. She writes about food storage and preparedness from a hands-on point of view. She writes and speaks frequently on bulk food preparation and emergency preparedness and has traveled extensively lecturing at preparedness expos throughout the United States. The author of a series of books on food storage and cooking, Peggy is also a food storage consultant and has helped many people put together food storage programs for their families. She is dedicated to bringing you accurate information as well as quality, tested recipes. Peggy and her family live in Manti, Utah, a rural town of 2,500 people, where they are prepared for any disaster—Peggy lives what she preaches!

Gardening When It Counts

Growing Food in Hard Times

In hard times, the family can be greatly helped by growing a highly productive food garden, requiring little cash outlay or watering. Gardening When It Counts helps readers rediscover traditional low-input gardening methods to produce healthy food.

Made from Scratch

Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life

In any setting — urban, suburban, or rural — with any level of experience, it’s possible to take small steps toward self-reliance. Windowbox vegetable gardens, a batch of homemade strawberry jam, a handknit sweater, or a small flock of backyard chickens all satisfy the craving to homestead. It’s not about having a rustic cabin on five acres, complete with a pickup truck and a barn full of livestock. For Woginrich, it’s about being more receptive to learning the simple skills most of us have forgotten, and finding joy in the process.

One Second After

In this entertaining apocalyptic thriller, a high-altitude nuclear bomb of uncertain origin explodes, unleashing a deadly electromagnetic pulse that instantly disables almost every electrical device in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Airplanes, most cars, cellphones, refrigerators—all are fried as the country plunges into literal and metaphoric darkness.—Publishers Weekly

Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse

A Novel of the Turbulent Near Future

Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse is novel set in the near future that describes a full scale socioeconomic collapse. More than just an exciting read, it is packed with useful survival and preparedness tips.

Preserving Summer’s Bounty

A Quick and Easy Guide to Freezing, Canning, Preserving, and Drying What You Grow

“Preserving Summer’s Bounty takes a giant step ahead in preserving advice. This up-to-the-minute guide pays tribute to your grandmother’s techniques for ‘putting up’ vegetables, but what I like best are the quick and easy modern methods using the microwave, the freezer and more. These fast answers should lure even the busiest among us into storing the precious harvest of the garden.”—Marian Morash, Author of The Victory Garden Cookbook

Root Cellaring

Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables

Anyone can learn to store fruits and vegetables safely and naturally with a cool, dark space (even a closet!) and the step-by-step advice in this book. Root cellaring, as many people remember but only a few people still practice, is a way of using the earth’s naturally cool, stable temperature to store perishable fruits and vegetables. It’s a no-cost, simple, low-technology, energy-saving way to keep the harvest fresh all year long. This book covers the subject with a thoroughness that makes it the only book you’ll ever need on root cellaring.

 

Seed to Seed

Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners

A complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds. Widely acknowledged as the best guide available to learn effective ways to produce and store seeds on a small scale. This newly updated and greatly expanded Second Edition includes additional information about how to start each vegetable from seed, turning the book into a complete growing guide.

Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance

This is the book for anyone who wants to become more self-reliant, from suburbanites with 1/4 of an acre to country homesteaders with several. The information is easily understood and readily applicable. More than 150 of Storey’s expert authors in gardening, building, animal raising, and homesteading share their specialized knowledge and experience in this ultimate guide to living a more independent, satisfying life. Readers will find step-by-step, illustrated instructions for every aspect of country living.

The Backyard Homestead

Put your backyard to work! Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it’s done. And when the harvest is in, you’ll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor. From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts

The Encyclopedia of Country Living

From Publisher’s Weekly: The updated ninth edition of this compendium of food production information is the hefty result of over three decades of intelligence-gathering by Emery, whose initial encyclopedia project was designed to help newbies in the “back to the land” movement of the early 70s learn self-sufficiency. Tasks Emery covers run the gamut from the simple to the complex, and from the common to the strange, and include how to: bake bread, make seed milk, sew a cornhusk bed, dry flowers, prune kiwi vines, culture yogurt, plant beans, keep bees, build a fish pond, artificially inseminate a turkey and help a cow who’s eaten nails. Though it’s definitely not aimed at them, urbanites will find the recipes and resources lists useful, the trivia interesting, and Emery’s personal reflections compelling. Even readers with no plans to raise sheep, sell homemade cheese or plant millet will find this a fascinating cultural document.

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It

This book 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. This new edition of The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the ultimate practical guide for realists and dreamers alike.

When All Hell Breaks Loose

Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes

Survival expert Cody Lundin’s new book is what every family needs to prepare and educate themselves about survival psychology and the skills necessary to negotiate a disaster whether you are at home, in the office, or in your car.

When Technology Fails

A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving The Long Emergency

John Egan, proprietor of the website SurvivalistBooks.com: “Matthew Stein has written a clear, concise book on the subject of survival that, while educating, also does what few others have managed to do—-entertain and engage the reader…Not just a survival book, Matthew also covers topics like alternative therapies; how to create a survival mindset; survival strategies; renewable energy; companion gardening; edible plants; first aid; making a survival kit; growing, hunting and foraging; making tools; creating shelters; spinning/weaving/tanning, etc.”


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