by Ben Falk

If you live in a cold climate (or not) and want to be able to homestead, this book is a how-to manual packed with helpful information:

Chapter 1: Creating a Positive Legacy While Adapting to Rapid Change

Chapter 2: The Design Process and Site Establishment

Chapter 3: Water and Earthworks

Chapter 4: Fertility Harvesting and Cycling

Chapter 5: Food Crops

Chapter 6: Adaptive Fuel and Shelter

Chapter 7: Resilience and Regeneration for the Long Haul

The following Appendices are also included:

Appendix A: Assessing Resiliency Aptitude Quiz

Appendix B: Resilient Home Curriculum Outline

Appendix C: Crucial Skill List for Emergencies

Appendix D: Tools and Materials

Appendix E: Homestead Vulnerability Checklist and Strategy Summary to Reduce Vulnerability

                   in Acute Events

Appendix F: Vocabulary and Concepts

Appendix G: Resources 

The Encyclopedia of Country Living

Carla Emery teaches so much in her book!


by Carla Emery

Published by Sasquatch Books


Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Oddments (includes choosing & buying your land)

Chapter 2:  Introduction to plants

Chapter 3:  Grasses, grains, and canes

Chapter 4:  Garden vegetables

Chapter 5:  Herbs and flavorings

Chapter 6:  Tree, vine, bush, and bramble

Chapter 7:  Food preservation

Chapter 8:  Introduction to animals

Chapter 9:  Poultry

Chapter 10:  Goats, cows, and home dairying

Chapter 11:  Bee, rabbit, sheep, and pig

The Ultimate Guide to SELF-RELIANT LIVING

If we pack solar panels and electronics with EMP protection, we should be able to have electricity after the 3 Days of Darkness.


edited by Jay Cassell

Skyhorse Publishing


Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Buying Property and Building on It

Chapter 2:  Energy

Chapter 3:  Growing Food

Chapter 4:  Raising Animals

Chapter 5:  Hunting, Trapping, Fishing, Gathering

Chapter 6:  Cooking, Baking, Storing Foods

Chapter 7:  Survival Skills

Chapter 8:  Dealing with Disasters

The Practical Homestead

This book has gems of practical advice on every aspect of homesteading, even how to plough.


by Paul Heiney







The great thing about this book is that it is full of photographs that really help to teach concepts!


Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Home Farming

Chapter 2:  Animal Husbandry

Chapter 3:  Fruits of the Earth

Chapter 4:  Wider Horizons

Chapter 5:  Food from the Fields

Chapter 6:  Home Comforts

COUNTRY SKILLS: A Practical Guide to Self-Sufficiency


by Alison Candlin



Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Starting Out

Chapter 2:  Calendar of Seasonal Tasks

Chapter 3:  Growing Vegetables

Chapter 4:  Growing Fruit

Chapter 5;  Directory of Pests and Diseases

Chapter 6:  Keeping Animals

Chapter 7:  Food from Nature

Chapter 8:  Preserving Your Produce

Chapter 9:  Water and Energy Conservation

How to Build Your Own Greenhouse

Greenhouses can be coldframes, high tunnels, covered in plastic or old windows, and even placed over trenches!


by Roger Marshall


Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Questions to Ask Before You Begin

Chapter 2:  The First Glasshouses

Chapter 3:  An Overview of Greenhouse Options

Chapter 4:  Choosing the Greenhouse Site, Size, and Interior Layout

Chapter 5:  Controlling the Greenhouse Environment

Chapter 6:  Greenhouse Building Materials

Chapter 7:  Glazing

Chapter 8:  The Foundation

Chapter 9:  Building Techniques

Chapter 10:  Wiring, Plumbing, and Heating:  Systems Design and Installation

Chapter 11:  Greenhouse Accessories

Chapter 12:  Greenhouse Maintenance

Chapter 13:  Greenhouse Plans

Makeshift Workshop Skills for Survival and Self-Reliance

With this makeshift anvil, hammers and file, you can make replacement blades for tools.


by James Ballou



Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Know Your Raw Materials

Chapter 2:  Making and Using Cord

Chapter 3:  Makeshift Metalworking

Chapter 4:  Improvised Tools

Chapter 5:  Expedient Repair Methods

Chapter 6:  Doing Your Own Soldering, Brazing, and Welding

Chapter 7:  Things You Can Make Out of Other Things

Chapter 8:  Practical Tips for the Craftsman or Handyman

Chapter 9:  Theorems and Formulas for Inventors and Builders

PVC Projects

This chicken yard is made from PVC piping and netting.

This chicken yard is portable, which allows the chickens to eat up grass seeds around your property. . . hooray!


by Tom Forbes



Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Tools and Materials

Chapter 2:  Construction Tips

Chapter 3:  Shelters

Chapter 4:  Camping Gear

Chapter 5:  Winter Sports

Chapter 6:  Water Sports

Chapter 7:  Archery

Chapter 8:  Firearms

Chapter 9:  Weapons

Chapter 10:  Miscellaneous

More PVC Projects For the Outdoorsman

This is a very simple PVC pipe bow. The book has better designs to help with hunting for food.


by Tom Forbes



Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Getting Started

Chapter 2:  Hunting

Chapter 3:  Fishing

Chapter 4:  Shelters

Chapter 5:  Camping Gear

Chapter 6:  Cheap Living

The Backyard Homestead

You need at least 6 apple trees, planted in two rows of 3, for cross pollination to occur. Save seeds now for after the 3 Days of Darkness!


Edited by Carleen Madigan


"From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest:  1.400 eggs, 50 lbs of wheat, 60 lbs of fruit, 2,000 lbs of vegetables, 280 lbs of pork and 75 lbs of nuts" (back cover).


Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  The Home Vegetable Garden

Chapter 2:  Backyard Fruits and Nuts

Chapter 3:  Easy Fragrant Herbs

Chapter 4:  Home-Grown Grains

Chapter 5:  Poultry for Eggs and Meat

Chapter 6:  Meat and Dairy

Chapter 7:  Food From the Wild