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The back to basics handbook : a guide to buying and working land, raising livestock, enjoying your harvest, household skills and crafts, and more / Abigail R. Gehring.

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  • 5 of 5 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781616082611
  • ISBN: 1616082615
  • Physical Description: 268 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2011]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index
Formatted Contents Note:
Part 1: Land : buying it--building on it. Buying country property ; Planning your home ; Preparing the site ; Converting trees into lumber ; Building a log cabin ; Building a stone house ; Raising a barn ; Developing a water supply ; Sanitation ; Stone walls ; Fences -- Part 2 : Energy from wood, water, wind, and sun. Making your house energy efficient ; Wood as a fuel ; Waterpower ; Wind power ; Solar energy -- Part 3 : Raising your own vegetables, fruit, and livestock. The kitchen garden ; Gardening in limited space ; Fruits and nuts ; Pest control ; Grains and grasses ; Beekeeping ; Fish farming ; Raising livestock -- Part 4 : Enjoying your harvest the year round. Preserving produce ; Preserving meat and fish ; Making your own dairy products ; Maple sugaring ; Baking bread -- Part 5 : Skills and crafts for house and homestead. Natural dyes ; Spinning ; Tanning and leatherwork ; Soap making ; Candle making ; Basketry.
Summary, etc.:
Rediscover the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle. 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. With hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations, The Back to Basics Handbook 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 is the ultimate concise guide to voluntary simplicity. 500 color illustrations.
Subject: Sustainable living > Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Home economics, Rural > Handbooks, manuals, etc.

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