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#636310 - 10/13/10 04:55 AM Homesteading Books  
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I am working on a fantabulous collection of back to the land, homesteading and natural living skills books. SO far I have a nice starter assortment. I am really working on getting more.

What is nice is that old books - from early last century - contain GREAT information. In fact, they often have info that you can't get in the new books, from skills that are dying out. So i can often find these old books cheaply at thrift stores and on Amazon.

I have books on livestock, organic gardening, heirloom seed storing, drying foods, root cellars, energy efficient houses, passive solar energy, the FoxFire books, house fixing, composting and mulching, self sufficiency and urban homesteading.

What books do you recommend? What books do you want?

#636313 - 10/13/10 04:56 AM Re: Homesteading Books [Re: Jilly]  
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I've just begun to accumulate a few myself. I've been visiting archive.org for many of the really old ones.

#636318 - 10/13/10 05:09 AM Re: Homesteading Books [Re: RebeccaG]  
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oooh - archive.org - what is that?

#636320 - 10/13/10 05:11 AM Re: Homesteading Books [Re: Jilly]  
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Public domain books. I have found a treasure trove of information that makes my mouth water. I even found a picture of my grandfather on there. You can find almost anything with new things added all the time from other organizations that want to preserve these books.

#636321 - 10/13/10 05:11 AM Re: Homesteading Books [Re: RebeccaG]  
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Also, not just books. There is other media, too.

#636327 - 10/13/10 05:27 AM Re: Homesteading Books [Re: RebeccaG]  
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are these books online, or are they to buy in printed format?

#636328 - 10/13/10 05:27 AM Re: Homesteading Books [Re: Jilly]  
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They are online for you to download. They are scanned copies of the actual books. There is no charge for them at all.

#636331 - 10/13/10 05:39 AM Re: Homesteading Books [Re: RebeccaG]  
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Really? How incredible is that? I can put them on my iphone and also print out the best ones. Any to recommend for me?

#636333 - 10/13/10 05:47 AM Re: Homesteading Books [Re: RebeccaG]  
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I've found various old cookbooks and books on herbs. There are so many. All you have to do is type in the subject that you are looking for. Putting in homesteading will not give you much and the results you get will not be what you are looking for. Type in vegetable garden and you will get material from the 1800's. I've found some that focus on garden insects, old English gardens, and how to grow vegetables. Worm farming only brings up videos and no books. You really have to play around with your words to get exactly what someone a hundred years ago or more would have used. You can find recipes from the 1700's.

#637386 - 10/19/10 07:07 PM Re: Homesteading Books [Re: RebeccaG]  
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That is really good advice. I am reading a book i found there about composting. I think i will look for something about food preservation next. That is likely a better search phrase.

Thank you for introducing me to the site!

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