Back to Basics

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781629148625
Release Date: 2014-10-14
Genre: House & Home

The classic guide to self-sufficiency, with more than 200,000 copies sold—now fully updated! Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast-food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment, you will find your imagination sparked, and there’s no reason why you can’t, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.

Homesteading

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781629149905
Release Date: 2014-10-07
Genre: House & Home

The companion to the bestseller Back to Basics for country, urban, and suburban folks—now fully updated! Who doesn’t want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this large, fully illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. It’s written with country lovers in mind—even those who currently live in the city. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or even the wilderness, there is plenty you can do to improve your life from a green perspective. Got sunlight? Start container gardening. With a few plants, fresh tomato sauce is a real option with your own homegrown fresh tomatoes. Reduce electricity use by eating dinner by candlelight (using homemade candles, of course). Learn to use rainwater to augment water supplies. Make your own soap and hand lotion. Consider keeping chickens for the eggs. From what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning, this book offers information on anything a homesteader needs—and more.

Self Sufficiency

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781634500227
Release Date: 2015-07-07
Genre: House & Home

A Complete Guide to Baking, Carpentry, Crafts, Organic Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More! The inspiring guide to back to basics living, now fully updated! 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.

The Back to Basics Handbook

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781616082611
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Family & Relationships

Includes hundreds of projects for sustainable living--such as dyeing wool, grafting trees, raising chickens, crafting furniture with hand tools, making preserves and cheese, building a log cabin and much more, in a book that also has tips for down-home fun, as well as 500 full-color illustrations. Original.

The Ultimate Guide to Old Fashioned Country Skills

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781629142982
Release Date: 2014-08-05
Genre: House & Home

Whether you’re a suburbanite looking to live more simply or a die-hard homesteader interested in taking your garden to the next level, this guide is packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, vintage photographs and illustrations, and time-honored wisdom—creating one of the most comprehensive books on country skills available. This book is compiled of tested and practical experience passed down from generations of farmers and homesteaders. Here readers can learn about: Creating a vegetable garden Canning and preserving Keeping poultry Soap making Natural medicine Bridge building Farm mechanics Crop rotation Cattle and dairying The basics of beekeeping Foraging for wild food Fertilizing, soils, drainage, and irrigation Building a barn And much, much more! Success comes to the person who works the most efficiently—not simply the person who works the hardest. Learn invaluable advice and tips for how to create a sustainable lifestyle and live off the land.

The Country Living Handbook

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781628739688
Release Date: 2014-05-20
Genre: House & Home

Packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, time-honored wisdom, and both illustrations and photographs, this compact guide has everything you need to dive into a more self-sufficient life. From canning and preserving to keeping chickens, fermenting vegetables to soap-making, Gehring covers all the basics in this easy-to-read, approachable collection. Topics covered include: Generating your own energy Herbal medicine Cheese-making Maple sugaring Farm mechanics Building a smokehouse Dyeing wool Composting Disaster Preparedness And more! Whether you own one hundred acres or rent a studio apartment in the city, this book has plenty of ideas to inspire you. Learn how to build a log cabin or how to craft handmade paper; find out how to install a solar panel on your roof or brew your own tea from dried herbs; Cure a ham, bake a loaf of bread, or brew your own beer. This book has something for everyone.

Old Time Country Wisdom Lore

Author: Jerry Mack Johnson
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 9780760340011
Release Date: 2011-04-11
Genre: Social Science

A collection of old-fashioned country wisdom on all kinds of topics describes how to make and cook things, read the weather, and dowse; and provides lore on animals and plants.

Storey s Basic Country Skills

Author: John Storey
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603427371
Release Date: 2010-11-11
Genre: House & Home

Whether you live on a small suburban lot or have a many acres in the country, this inspiring collection will empower you to increase your self-sufficiently and embrace a more independent lifestyle. A variety of authors share their specialized knowledge and provide practical instructions for basic country skills like preserving vegetables, developing water systems, keeping farm animals, and renovating barns. From sharpening an axe to baking your own bread, you’ll be amazed at the many ways learning traditional skills can enrich your life.

How to Stay Alive in the Woods

Author: Bradford Angier
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
ISBN: 9781603762861
Release Date: 2012-03-20
Genre: Sports & Recreation

HOW TO STAY ALIVE IN THE WOODS is a practical, readable-and potentially indispensable-manual for anyone venturing into the great outdoors. Broken down into four essential sections, Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety, this enlightening guide reveals how to catch game without a gun, what plants to eat (full-color illustrations of these make identification simple), how to build a warm shelter, make clothing, protect yourself and signal for help. Detailed illustrations and expanded instructions, newly commissioned for this deluxe edition, offer crucial information at a glance, making How to Stay Alive in the Woods truly a lifesaver.

The Mini Farming Bible

Author: Brett L. Markham
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781632200471
Release Date: 2014-11-04
Genre: Gardening

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 Farming Maximizing Your Mini Farm Mini Farming Guide to Composting Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening Mini Farming Guide to Fermenting Learn how to make your own compost, save seeds, start a compost pile, ferment your own wine, get the most out of your vegetable garden—and more! And all on just ¼ acre or less. Learn why tens of thousands of readers across North America have chosen Mini Farming for all their self sufficiency needs. This is the must have guide for any farmer—whether they’re beginners or experienced mini farmers looking for new ideas.

The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It

Author: John Seymour
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781465483539
Release Date: 2018-09-04
Genre: Gardening

Embrace off-grid green living with a new edition of the bestselling classic guide to a more sustainable way of life from the father of self-sufficiency. For over 40 years, John Seymour has inspired thousands to make more responsible, enriching, and eco-friendly choices with his advice on living sustainably. The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It offers step-by-step instructions on everything from chopping trees to harnessing solar power; from growing fruit and vegetables, and preserving and pickling your harvest, to baking bread, brewing beer, and making cheese. Seymour shows you how to live off the land, running your own smallholding or homestead, keeping chickens, and raising (and butchering) livestock. In a world of mass production, intensive farming, and food miles, Seymour's words offer an alternative: a celebration of the joy of investing time, labor, and love into the things we need. While we can't all be able to move to the countryside, we can appreciate the need to eat food that has been grown ethically or create things we can cherish, using skills that have been handed down through generations. With refreshed, retro-style illustrations and a brand-new foreword by Alice Waters, this new edition of Seymour's classic title is a balm for anyone who has ever sought solace away from the madness of modern life.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781628732191
Release Date: 2011-10-26
Genre: House & Home

Packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, time-honored wisdom, and both illustrations and photographs, this might just be the most comprehensive guide to back to basics living ever published. Fans of Back to Basics, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency have been asking for a one-stop resource for all the subjects covered in that successful series. In response, Gehring has compiled a massive, beautifully presented, single volume that covers canning and preserving, keeping chickens, fermenting, soap-making, how to generate your own energy, how to build a log cabin, natural medicine, cheese-making, maple sugaring, farm mechanics, and much, much more. Whether you own one hundred acres or rent a studio apartment in the city, this book has plenty of ideas to inspire you. Learn how to build a log cabin or how to craft handmade paper; find out how to install a solar panel on your roof or brew your own tea from dried herbs; Cure a ham, bake a loaf of bread, or brew your own beer. This book has something for everyone.

Tumbling Basics

Author: Kathleen Ortiz
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISBN: 9781450432061
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Education

With step-by-step instructions, photos, and illustrations, "Tumbling Basics" presents seven skills that serve as the basis for any tumbling program. It also includes strength and flexibility exercises and tumbling circuits to reinforce each skill. Rubrics, spotting techniques, and safety information are also included.