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50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself Paperback – December 3, 2019

If you’re anything like me you’re constantly looking to improve your skill set and knowledge base. Especially when it comes to self sufficiency, energy and food production. At some point I’d love to move my office to a completely off grid “Hobbit hole”. The THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COUNTRY LIVING is a great addition to your library. It is one of the definitive manuals of basic skills and country wisdom for living off the land, being prepared, and doing it yourself. Whether it’s a farm or homestead, suburb, or city.

Over 800 pages of essential knowledge for both homesteaders and urban farmers. One is the best it covers a variety of topics from canning, gardening, livestock, and so much more. An excellent resource and reference book for a healthier, greener, more self-sustaining, and holistic approach to modern life. 


With its origins in the back-to-the-land movement of the late 1960s, Carla Emery’s landmark book has grown into a comprehensive guide to living a sustainable lifestyle, while lowering your carbon footprint in the process. Find inspiration and know-how to live independently in this comprehensive guide, including how to:Can, dry and preserve food 
Plan your garden. 
Grow your own food. 
Forage for wild food.
Spin wool into yarn.
Mill your own flour. 
Bake bread.
Cook on a wood stove. 
Learn beekeeping. 
Raise chickens, goats, and pigs. 
Create natural skincare products. 
Make organic bug spray. 
Treat your family with homemade remedies. 
Make fruit leather. 
Make 20-minute cheese.
Tap a maple tree. 

And more!
Basic, thorough, and reliable, this book deserves a place in urban and rural homes alike.

This 50th anniversary edition includes updated resources. 

other great resources


This book provides step-by-step instructions and techniques to assist you in gaining individual independence. Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century teaches you how to reduce the waste you and your family produce, maintain and harness wind and solar energy, and grow your own food. With this book you will learn how to make practical changes for a simpler, and cleaner life. 


Pick up a copy of this trusty companion for the thoughtful home and the inner utilitarian in us all. Learn to do it yourself with The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster and Master Other Simple Pleasures. You’ll find each project in the book is accompanied by expert tips aimed to inspire. Organized into five sections—Kitchen, Outdoors, Home, Gardening, and Grooming, you’ll find The Mercantile easy to read. Each section of the guide features detailed instructions for projects along with original artwork.

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