Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Self Sufficiency books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less, provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income. Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds,…
With step-by-step guidance and techniques, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century teaches you how to reduce waste, use wind and solar energy to power your home, and grow your own food. Learn how to make practice changes for a simpler, greener, and cleaner life. This modern manual is perfect for both urban and rural readers, covering eco projects, plant-by-plant and animal-by-animal identification, how to produce little or no waste and to remove our dependence upon fossil fuels, and so much more.Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century shows you…
3. Gene Logsdon’s Practical Skills: A Revival of Forgotten Crafts, Techniques, and Traditions (2017)
Gene Logsdon has long served as a voice of grounded agricultural wisdom. His wry humor and keen insights have made him a favorite among homesteaders, gardeners, orchardists, and farmers. In Gene Logsdon’s Practical Skills, he turns his attention to traditional crafts and practices, reviving and documenting the homemaking, culinary, and agricultural skills handed down through generations of American farmers.This wide-ranging volume of practical instruction is divided into 5 parts, each focused on a different aspect of country life, including: Develop the skills your grandparents knew by heart. Gene Logsdon’s Practical Skills…
4. A Year Without the Grocery Store: A Step by Step Guide to Acquiring, Organizing, and Cooking Food Storage (2018)
Do you hate to grocery shop? Do you detest incessant menu planning, or do you spend more on your family’s food needs than you do on your mortgage? Feel as if you’re running to the grocery store before a storm or other potentially disruptive event because you need to stock up? Food storage is the answer to each of those problems. My name’s Karen, and I care about making sure my family’s dietary needs are met, no matter what. One way I do this is through our year’s worth of personal food storage, and now I’m here to show you how to easily store a…
5. 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide (Creative Homeowner) Includes Fences, Coops, Sheds, Wind & Solar Power, Rooftop & Vertical Gardening (2013)
Learn all about how to build sheds, feeders, fences, and other backyard structures to enhance your sustainable living! A companion volume to Backyard Homesteading, 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead provides details on how to build more than 40 projects to enhance your sustainable living. The projects in this book are designed with simplicity, convenience, and budget in mind. You will also find help on how to expand or contract the projects to suit your needs. With step-by-step instructions, tools and materials lists, exploded views, and easy-to-understand techniques, even if you are only…
When Brett Markham published a small black and white handbook about how to run a successful mini farm—he never dreamed how popular the book would soon become. In 2010 Skyhorse Publishing Inc. published Brett’s book in full color with over a hundred of the author’s own photographs—and Mini Farming became an instant bestseller spawning four additional Mini Farming books on everything from fermenting to composting. Now for the first time all 5 Mini Farming titles are collected together in one massive volume:Mini FarmingMaximizing Your Mini FarmMini Farming Guide to CompostingMini Farming Guide to…
Many people dream of becoming self-reliant during these times of fluctuating prices and uncertain job security. Using truly simple techniques, you can cultivate the pioneer’s independence to provide safety against lost wages, harsh weather, economic recession, and commercial contamination and shortages. Strengthen your family’s self-reliance as you discover anew the joy of homegrown food, thrift, and self-sufficient living….
The Weekend Homesteader is organized by month—so whether it’s January or June you’ll find exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise. You’ll learn about backyard chicken care, how to choose the best mushroom and berry species, and why and how to plant a no-till garden…
9. Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family Preparedness (2014)
Be Well Prepared and Well Fed!With all the uncertainty in the world today, there is peace in preparing. In an emergency, you don’t want to depend on a grocery store or government agency to feed your family. Storing food assures your family’s self-sufficiency year-round and benefits your budget when you plan correctly.This in-depth, nuts-and-bolts guide to storing food teaches you a variety of food storage methods that you can customize to meet your family’s unique circumstances including family size, tastes, ages, health concerns, income, and living conditions. This is…
Raleigh Briggs collects her zines, illustrations, and thoughts around what it is that makes a great DIY householdhomemade cleaning solvents that aren’t made from poison, herbs that will heal you, and how to setup a great garden. These tips and tricks fill in the gaps for those of us longing to live this lifestyle but lacking the necesary know-how….
11. Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Self-Sufficiency from Asparagus to Zucchini (Mini Farming Guides) (2012)
Make the most of your vegetable garden with Brett Markham, author Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre. This comprehensive new handbook covers everything you need to know about maximizing and harvesting the best vegetables you can possibly produce. With each chapter addressing a different vegetable, you’ll learn tips and tricks about varietal selection, nutritional merits, how to begin, special hints for growing, and how to deal with particular pests and diseases, plus one or two creative recipes to get you started. With over 150 of Markham’s own photographs guiding you every step of the way, you’ll…
Is city life fencing you in? Break free of the daily grind with off-the-grid solutions for a simpler, stress-free tomorrow. Are you overworked and overcrowded? Do you dream of dropping off the radar? Do you crave the peace of mind that only nature can provide? Fitness and military intelligence expert Gary Collins has helped thousands of people roam free with firsthand advice shared on his popular website. And now he's here to help you reclaim your independence. Going Off the Grid: The How-To Book of Simple Living and Happiness contains step-by-step instructions for…
13. The Mini Farming Guide to Composting: Self-Sufficiency from Your Kitchen to Your Backyard (2013)
Maximize your vegetable output! Increase your self-sufficiency! And be kind to the ecosystem! Brett L Markham, author of Mimi Farming: Self Suffering on 1/3 Acre, is here to help you get started in his new handbook that covers everything you need to know about composting. Whether it’s your mini farm or flower garden that need nourishment, Markham explains how to compost just about anything you can grow – and reminds us that developing your own composting practices not only can be fun but also saves money and encourages self-sufficiency. Learn to make a backyard compost…
14. Self-Sufficiency: Natural Home Remedies (IMM Lifestyle) Soothe Your Family’s Aches & Pains Naturally with Easy-to-Follow Recipes from Mother Nature Using Herbs, Essential Oils, & Common Ingredients (2015)
What could be more wonderful than being able to soothe your own and your family’s aches and pains naturally?In Self-Sufficiency: Natural Home Remedies, author Melissa Corkhill gives advice for treating common conditions and illnesses at home using remedies provided by Mother Nature. In this book you’ll discover how to treat non-serious complaints, such as coughs, colds and sore throats, as well as suggestions for easing the strain of more permanent conditions like eczema, arthritis and asthma.Packed with easy-to-follow recipes using herbs, essential oils, and ingredients found in your kitchen, you will be making your own natural remedies…
This is a classic self-sufficiency book written by an 18-year-old in 1978. But it still has relevance today. With information on making the most of freshly caught fish, using roadkill, gardening, and buying foreclosure homes, it’s got a little bit of everything covered to help you become less dependent on a paycheck. Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century. Another great book and with some modern insight. There is a lot of information here and it is good whether you are living in the country of finding your self sufficiency in the city. A great addition to your library. Great book. Inspiring, with many tried and true methods to use on your path to self sufficiency. The illustrations in the book are FANTASTIC, I am not sure if they were done by the publishing company or the authors wife. I read that the Sally Seymour did the illustrations but she is not given credit anywhere in the book that I can see. This Books shelved as self-sufficiency: The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It: The Complete Back-To-Basics Guide by John Seymour, The Backyard Homestead Great book. Inspiring, with many tried and true methods to use on your path to self sufficiency. The illustrations in the book are FANTASTIC, I am not sure if they were done by the publishing company or the authors wife.
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Family homesteading: the ultimate guide to self-sufficiency for the whole family
Author(s): Page, Teri
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 19 Mb, Download: epub
Step-by-step projects for self-sufficiency : grow edibles, raise animals, live off the grid, DIY
Author(s): Editors of Cool Springs Press
Publisher: Cool Springs Press, Year: 2017, Size: 119 Mb, Download: pdf
Projects for Self-Sufficiency
Publisher: Cool Springs Press, Year: 2017, Size: 117 Mb, Download: pdf
Strategies for Symbiotic Urban Neighbourhoods: Towards Local Energy Self-Sufficiency
Author(s): Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, Suren Erkman
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
Shrinking the technosphere : getting a grip on the technologies that limit our autonomy, self-sufficiency and freedom
Author(s): Dmitry Orlov
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Year: 2016, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
Kick the Grocery Store Goodbye: Three Years to Food Self Sufficiency
Author(s): Vanorio, Ame
Publisher: Ame Vanorio, Year: 2016, Size: 1 Mb, Download: mobi
Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on Technologies that Limit our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom
Author(s): Dmitry Orlov
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
Aquaponics: Everything You Need to Know to Start an Expert DIY Aquaponic System from Home (Hydroponics, Organic Gardening, Self sufficiency)
Author(s): William Walsworth
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, Year: 2016, Size: 857 Kb, Download: epub
Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.