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The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It Book

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If you really want to do it yourself by hand, this book will show you how.

  • New expanded edition includes over 100 pages from The New Self-Sufficient Gardener
  • Detailed sections on butchering, milling grain, harnessing a horse, raising animals, gardening, canning, woodworking, stone working, metal working, weaving, making bricks and scything
  • Complete plans for a 1- and 5-acre farm
  • Written by John Seymour, recognized as the "Father of Self-Sufficiency"
  • 8-3/4" x 11-1/4", hardcover, 408 pp.
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THE SELF-SUFFICIENT LIFE AND HOW TO LIVE IT BOOK DESCRIPTION
Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword to the First Edition
Foreword
Introduction
Chapter 1: The Meaning of Self-Sufficiency
Chapter 2: Food from the Garden
Chapter 3: Food from Animals
Chapter 4: Food from the Fields
Chapter 5: Food from the Wild
Chapter 6: In the Dairy
Chapter 7: In the Kitchen
Chapter 8: Brewing & Wine-Making
Chapter 9: Energy & Waste
Chapter 10: Crafts & Skills

Excerpt:
To make hay: cut the grass before, or just after, it reaches the flowering stage. If it has begun to go to seed you will get inferior hay. Then pull it around. Fluff it up and keep turning it. Let the wind get through it and the sun get at it. If you are very lucky it may be dry enough to bale it or cock it and thank God. The chances are, in any uncertain climate, that you will get rain on it, which is always bad for it, and then you have the job of turning it again to get it dry again. In bad years you may have to go on doing this for weeks, and your hay will be practically useless for feed when you finally get it in.


Customer Reviews of The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It Book
Product Rating: 4.6 out of 5.0(5 reviews)
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- 11/23/2012
said: Anonymous User
"A truly wonderful book. Front cover should have haystacks and not round mechanical bales!"
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- 5/31/2012
said: Heidi
"Truly my absolute favorite and most useful guidebook I've purchased yet. Easy to understand descriptions and photos, easy to plan projects, and hard to put down. This book honestly changed our life as it was our first purchase toward this lifestyle. The back of the book has a great section for hard to find companies that supply items or knowledge you might need. I bought it about 7 years ago and had to refer to it this year when planting something in our CSA garden. Cannot say enough good."
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- 2/22/2012
said: Donna Costa
"Really good book that covers a broad range of topics. I also really appreciate how the author explained why he would make certain choices in setting up a homestead. It helps to make you stop and think things through, and begin to understand how a well thought out homestead can be run more efficiently, which saves money and time."
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- 6/28/2011
said: Nicole Bartley
"I really like this book. It has much less detail than The Encyclopedia of Country Living but the illustrations are very helpful for someone new to everything in self-sufficiency."
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- 3/16/2011
said: dora biloux
"good explanations, clear illustrations and well written"
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