Self-Sufficiency: A Complete Guide to Baking, Carpentry, Crafts, Organic Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More!

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2010 - House & Home - 458 pages
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Now, more than ever, people across the country are turning toward simpler, greener, and quieter ways of living--whether they're urbanites or country folk. Following in the footsteps of Back to Basics and Homesteading, this large, fully-illustrated book provides the entire family with the information they need to make the shift toward self-sufficient living.

Self-Sufficiency provides tips, advice, and detailed instructions on how to improve everyday life from an environmentally and organic perspective while keeping the focus on the family. Readers will learn how to plant a family garden and harvest the produce; can fruits and vegetables; bake bread and cookies; design interactive and engaging "green" projects; harness natural wind and solar energy to cook food and warm their homes; boil sap to make maple syrup; and build treehouses, furniture, and more. Also included are natural crafts readers can do with their kids, such as scrapbooking, making potato prints, dipping candles, and constructing seasonal decorations. Whether the goal is to live entirely off the grid or just to shrink their carbon footprints, families will find this book a thorough resource and a great inspiration.
 

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Contents

The Family Garden
4
Part
5
The Country Kitchen
95
Canning and Preserving
161
Country Crafts
247
The Barnyard
301
The Barnyard Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth good morals and happiness Letter from Thom...
302
Ducks
307
Goats
326
Sheep
330
Llamas
334
Cows
337
Pigs
342
Butchering
345
The Workshop
351
Alternative Energy
421

Turkeys
311
Rabbits
314
Horses
317
Beekeeping
322
Food Coop Directory
431
Sources
447
Acknowledgments
453
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Abigail R. Gehring is the editor of several DIY books, including Back to Basics, The Homesteading Handbook, and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living. She's practiced living self-sufficiently since her childhood in Vermont, being homeschooled, home-canning jams and jellies, and gardening. She lives in Chester, Vermont.

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