August 27, 2010

Favorite Books on Homesteading?


Today, I am just asking a question...

I love to read, and am always looking to learn a bit more.... I have also read some awesome books on homesteading....

So, my question is: What is YOUR favorite book on homesteading??? Why is it your favorite? (I guess that was 2 questions... oops!) :)

Please share!

Thank you in advance!

10 comments:

andrewodom said...

Country Wisdom & Know-How, of course. hahahah. Check it out if you don't own a copy.

http://www.amazon.com/Country-Wisdom-Know-How-Editors-Publishings/dp/1579123686/ref=sr_1_22?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1282925166&sr=8-22

It is a bible of sorts for folk like us. There truly is nothing you need to know on a small farm, hobby farm, or burgeoning homestead that is NOT covered in this book. The pencil illustrations are quite nice and it reminds you of browsing through someones sketchbook compiled after years of 'tryin it out.'

Sarah said...

Wow Drew, that looks like a great book! I may have to get that one. It has all kinds of info! Love it!

Thanks!

Christine said...

I really like The Backyard Homestead. Shows you don't have to have 40 acres to homestead. Covers a little bit of everything but doesn't try to do too much. Gives advice on where to go for further info. An all around good primer for any homesteader.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,
This isn't exactly a homesteading book because it focuses solely on preserving food but it has a wealth of information - some that I haven't come across anywhere else:
Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation.
By the way, your site is a blessing. Thanks for sharing your homesteading adventure.
Blessings,
April

Megan said...

I don't have many books but I love the book "The Backyard Homestead!
Tons of great info!

Great question btw I'll be looking for the suggestions you get!

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Oh, that's a hard one! I like so many I see at the bookstore, but I rarely purchase "homesteading" books because they don't go deep enough into individual topics, like raising chickens, or goats, or gardening. I prefer to buy books that are resources for information, like the Encyclopedia of Country Living, or Four Season Harvest. Storey Publishing has a bunch of EXCELLENT books including The Backyard Homestead.

If I were wanting to introduce someone to homesteading, it would probably be The Backyard Homestead.

French Basketeer said...

you are all teaching me so much; I rely on the internet and blogs more than books; I have found more on blogs that I love; but what I mostly love is your blog, Sarah!!! And Amy's of course, this is my toe in the water until I get a homestead.... have a wonderful weekend; emailing you tomorrow....

Mountain Home Quilts said...

"Country Wisdom" is one of my favorites too. Here is a link to get it cheaper than on Amazon: http://www.lakeside.com/Country-Wisdom-and-Know-How-Book/details.asp?I=WB3&Ntt=country+wisdom&N=36&Nao=0&R=897288015WB34
Or you can stop by my blog later this fall....I'll be giving a copy away! :)
I also like The Encyclopedia of Country Living.
Amy is right though, a general homesteading book rarely goes into depth about anything.
Here are a couple books if you're wanting to go more in depth:
http://www.amazon.com/Root-Cellaring-Natural-Vegetables-ebook/dp/B001UE8J08
http://www.amazon.com/Storeys-Guide-Raising-Chickens-Facilities/dp/158017325X/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?rlz=1T4ADRA_enUS337US338&q=gardening+when+it+counts&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=18197116461767571281&ei=ad97TIWCJ4KosQP44tCCBw&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CC0Q8wIwAg#

Kids and Canning Jars said...

I too give a shout out for the Backyard Homestead. It incourages small micro farms and big ones too. It is a complete guide from chickens to growing your own wheat. Wonderful ideas and recipes.

Love your blog,
Melissa

Roger said...

I would suggest reading all of Gene Logsdon's books, and Joel Salatin, too. Both of them are very helpful.