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Creative Home Improvementby David Lee
Learn to use ordinary materials in uncommon ways and uncommon materials in creative ways to improve your home in a distinctly different way.
Be Your Own House Contractor
"...contractor-author Carl Heldmann has written the bible for people who want to act as their own general contractor." LA Times
Building Small Barns, Sheds & Shelters
Extend your working, living and storage areas with low-cost outbuildings. Complete information on tools and materials; foundations and floors; framing, sheathing and roofing; windows and doors; wiring and plumbing; and finishing details. Specific plans for popular structures.
The Home Water Supply
If you live in the country or suburbs, you've had water problems. Not enough water? Too much? Tastes terrible? The pump quits? The water's contaminated? No matter what, this book offers down-to-earth solutions in language understandable to all of us who aren't plumbers
The Dock Manual
Build, paint, winterize, and repair a stationary or floating dock with one of 10 simple, step-by-step plans.
The blueprint for the woodland hideaway you've dreamed of is among this book's 20 plans for low-cost, sturdy outdoor structures.
101 projects that will enhance your garden, home, or farm. Learn how to build lawn chairs, compost bins, a movable shed, root cellars, gates, stiles, animal shelters, window greenhouses, solar driers, and much more.
Low-Cost Pole Building Construction
This one-of-a-kind book will save you money, labor, time, and materials in building a small home, barn, or other structure. It is illustrated with plans, drawings, & photographs, and explains construction techniques.
The Homestead Builder
This practical classic is filled with handy advice on the best ways to plan and construct dwellings in any location, using wood, earth, and gravel. Includes instructions on erecting log cabins, slab houses, farm houses, as well as outdoor ovens, cellars, and more.
Renovating Barns, Sheds & Outbuildings
Preserve history and save money by renovating and restoring rather than replacing old barns, sheds, and outbuildings.
Build Your Own Low-Cost Log Home
"If it's a log house you're considering, here is one of the best books on this popular subject."Country Journal
Building Stone Walls
A beautiful, enduring stone wall can be yours with a pile of rocks, a few tools, and this book full of techniques, plans, illustrations, and photographs.
How to Build Small Barns & Outbuildings
More than 20 projects with complete plans and instructions for building a wide range of structures. You'll learn the step-by-step fundamentals of general construction from planning and laying out a site to do-it-yourself framing, roofing, wiring, plumbing, and much more.
Monte Burch's Pole Building Projects
While many pole building books focus on residential housing, Monte Burch's Pole Building Projects features other structures suitable for rural and suburban areas. Burch's fresh ideas offer something for every builder, from a storage shed or gambrel to a garden gazebo or swimming pool deck surround.
How to Build Animal Housing
A comprehensive collection of 60 building plans for shelters that meet each barnyard animal's individual needs. Each plan includes illustrated, step-by-step instructions for farmers committed to raising happy, healthy animals.
Whether you're keeping one hen in a small backyard or 1,000 hens in a large free-range pasture, you will find the perfect housing plan in this comprehensive handbook. You'll also find low-budget alternatives for working with found and recycled materials and simple ways to make waterers, feeders, and nestboxes.
The Blacksmith's Craft
Simple, clear instructions with step-by-step photography show how to build a forge, make and/or acquire tools, and use those tools to create items of lasting beauty and durability.
How to Build Your Own Greenhouse
Whether your goal is to stretch the growing season or create a lush space full of greenery for a year-round hot tub, a greenhouse can add to your property value as well as your own enjoyment. This book guides you through choosing the right type of greenhouse for your needs, selecting a site and materials.
62 design interpretations of the getaway dream, with something to please every taste. All plans include sleeping quarters, working kitchens and bathrooms, and the small-footprint designs are all affordable and energy-efficient without skimping on comfort and style.
How to Build Paths, Steps & Footbridges
Paths, steps, and footbridges can transform any home landscape. Learn how to choose the best designs for your needs, define an outdoor living space, and realize your property's full potential. Detailed illustrations support project instructions; color photos throughout.
Making Bent Willow Furniture
Making traditional bent willow furniture doesn't get any easier than this! With a few simple tools and these step-by-step instructions, you can create rustic willow furniture for your home, porch, yard, and garden.
Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates & Fences
Learn how to use the limbs collected during routine pruning to make beautiful, sturdy bentwood projects.
The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects
76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the Garden, Store the Harvest, House Your Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture
Cooking & Recipes
Jackie Clay's Pantry Cookbook
Learn what to stock in a basic pantry and how to use these items along with fresh meat and produce to create tasty meals, while saving money, and becoming more self-sufficient.
Cookin' With Home Storage
Vicki Tate and Peggy Layton reunite in this newly released version of the best book there is on cooking from home stored foods. These Mormon women have years of experience and expertise behind them, and in this excellent book they will show you how to incorporate your stored foods into your everyday life.
Want to save money, and believe that a stove should do more than cook food? Learn how to buy a stove, set it up, fuel it for various uses, keep it clean and in peak operating condition. Dozens of recipes—bread that tastes as good as it smells, stews that gain goodness in hours on the back of the stove, roasting meats.
Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop
Using the easy, step-by-step instructions in this collection of hard-to-find recipes, anyone can make traditional and modern beverages, and create their own house recipes. The book offers more than 60 recipes for beverages using natural ingredients like ginger, sassafras, licorice, cinnamon, vanilla, citrus fruits, and more.
Making Wild Wines and Meads
125 Unusual recipes using herbs, fruits, flowers, and more! Simple instructions allow anyone to create luscious honey meads, refreshing coolers and punches, and elegant wines without expensive equipment or elaborate calculations.
101 Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everyone has a different idea of what makes a chocolate chip cookie truly perfect, but with 101 recipes, you are sure to find a favorite.
500 Treasured Country Recipes
As complete a resource as your grandmother's recipe card box, this heirloom cookbook features more than 500 simple recipes with old-fashioned heart.
Brewing Made Easy, 2nd Edition
Whether you've never brewed before or you just want a simpler approach, the authors of Brewing Made Easy say: "Let's skip all that beer-making theory and make some beer!" From brewing your first batch to creating new recipes—all the information you need to have is here in this step-by-step illustrated guide.
The Classic Zucchini Cookbook
Members of the squash family are readily available for year-round eating from summer's bounty of zucchini and summer squash to the fall and winter sweetness of the acorn and butternut varieties. Here are 225 delicious recipes that bring all kinds of healthful squash to today's tables
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Ball Home Canning Products are the gold standard in home preserving supplies. Now the experts at Ball have written a book destined to become the "bible" of home preserving. From long-time preservers to beginners, this book would be a valuable addition to any kitchen library.
Backwoods Home Cooking
If you are familiar with our magazine, you will recognize most of the contributors to this cookbook. In this book we include recipes from 70 authors published in our magazine. Many of the recipes have been prepared in our in-office kitchen at the magazine and have been sampled by our staff.
Fix, Freeze, Feast
Buy in bulk, prepare family-friendly dinners, and freeze for quick prep on busy nights. Save time, money, and stress!
Fish Grilled & Smoked
A tasty collection of 150 recipes for grilled and smoked fresh and saltwater fish. Don't know how to smoke a fish? Building plans for three smoker models are included.
Serving Up the Harvest
"A dynamic addition to any cook's library...it's particularly helpful that the chapters, organized by vegetable, progress seasonally along with harvest times." LA Daily News
Put 'em Up!
With simple step-by-step instructions and delicious contemporary recipes, this book will have even the most timid beginners filling their pantries and freezers in no time.
Recipes from the Root Cellar
Sweet winter squashes, hardy greens, root vegetables, and potatoes make local eating easy and delicious in the colder months of autumn and winter. Whether these vegetables are gathered straight from the garden, from a well-tended root cellar, or from the market, their delectable flavors and nutritional benefits pack a powerful punch.
Making Sauerkraut and pickled vegetables at home
Creative recipes for lactic fermented food to improve your health.
The Middle East and the Prairie West meet—deliciously—in this cookbook of over 100 bison recipes developed by Canada's foremost expert in Arab cuisine.
Drink the Harvest
Many fruits, vegetables, and herbs can be made into delicious beverages to drink fresh or preserve for later – a healthy and inexpensive alternative to store-bought drinks.
Make Mead Like a Viking
A complete guide to using the best ingredients and minimal equipment to create fun and flavorful brews.
The Complete Book of Pickling
Pickling is one of the oldest and most inexpensive methods of preserving foods. These wonderfully inventive recipes feature modern methods and equipment in accordance with the latest food-safety standards. This book also includes classic and unusual international ingredients.
Great Natural Breads Made Easy
From the classic whole-grain loaf, to the versatile focaccia, to the humble bagel, this book tells you how to mix, knead, shape, and decorate nutritious, mouth-watering breads.
Cast Iron Cuisine
Learn how to create everything and anything in a cast iron skillet and love it.
Crafts & Hobbies
Making Rag Rugs
Creating a beautiful throw rug from scraps is easy enough for anyone to master. These 15 original designs from a variety of talented rug designers suit the skills of any crafter, from the newest beginner to the most sophisticated talent.
The PVC Project Book
PVC is cheap, versatile, durable, and simple to work with, making it the perfect material for projects in the home, farm, garden, or workshop. Sanders shows us 101 projects such as greenhouses, planters, livestock feeders, containers, etc..
The Natural Soap Book
The definitive resource for making vegetable-based soaps from scratch.
Making Natural Liquid Soaps
Create all-natural, inexpensive hand soaps, shampoos, shower gels, bubble baths, and much more.
The Homeowner's Energy Handbook
With practice, advice, and a working plan, you can reduce or eliminate your dependence on fossil fuels.
Firearms & Hunting
In The Gravest Extreme
Tthe modern classic American Handgunner calls "must reading for anyone who owns a firearm for self defense."
In Self Defense
This book is written NOT to persuade people to choose the firearm for self defense, but rather to discuss the legal, ethical, and tactical aspects of using the firearm in a self defense situation.
The Ayoob Files: The Book
From the best-selling author of In The Gravest Extreme, Massad Ayoob presents gripping analyses of actual gunfights and their lessons on how tactics, weapons, and mindset determine who survives.
Learn how stress and adrenaline affect the mind and body, ruining conventional shooting techniques under pressure... and how new techniques actually feed off that pressure to make you perform better under stress!
Stressfire II: Advanced Combat Shotgun
Learn to control the most destructive, but toughest to handle, of all close-range antipersonnel weapons
The Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry
In addition to tactical aspects of self-defense, practical information like choosing the right firearm and ammunition, used gun purchases, and all legal aspects of self-defense with a gun are also extensively covered in this complete and authoritative look at concealed carry.
Personal Defense for Women
Author Gila Hayes shows you how to build awareness to avoid confrontations—and how to fight back when necessary. If you're concerned about your personal safety and security in your home, in your car, in your workplace, and on the campus, there's no better guide.
Growing and Canning Your Own Food
Full of more tried and true canning recipes than you'll know what to do with and a treasure trove of advice for growing everything from blueberries and squash to raising poultry and meat.
A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game
Learn safe, practical, and inexpensive ways to best preserve meat, fish, and game. Updated to comply with the latest USDA guidelines. An excellent resource for those who love meat but hate the chemicals in commercial products.
Root Cellaring - Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables
Root cellaring is a simple, low-technology, energy-saving way of using the earth's naturally cool, stable temperature to store fruits and vegetables. This book explains how to successfully use this natural storage approach, and is so thorough its the only book you'll ever need on root cellaring.
Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game
For anyone who hunts, farms, or buys large quantities of meat, this book is filled with information on the nearly-lost skill of butchering. Easy enough for amateurs, but detailed for experienced livestock producers, it takes the mystery out of slaughtering and butchering. 30 recipes.
Carrots Love Tomatoes
This classic has taught generations of gardeners how to use the natural benefits of plants to protect and support each other. Here is a complete reference to which plants nourish the soil, which keep away bugs and pests, and which plants just don't get along.
Small Scale Livestock Farming
This grass-based, organic approach to livestock management produces healthier animals, reduces feed and health-care costs, and maximizes profit. Includes case studies of successful farmers, details of every facet of livestock farming, and insights on how to work with nature instead of against it.
Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden
Dealing with unwanted deer is frustrating and challenging for even the most patient of gardeners and homeowners. Rhonda Massingham Hart offers environmentally responsible deer-control techniques that really work.
From Vines to Wines
You can create your own backyard winery! Every step of the grape-growing and wine-making process is described, from choosing a sunny site that's protected from frost to breaking ground, and from choosing a type of grape to harvesting and processing the grapes, and finally savoring the finished product.
Home Sausage Making
There is no mistaking that mouthwatering aroma, rich with herbs and spices. This book is a combination how-to manual and cookbook. Learn dozens of ways of combining fresh, healthy homemade sausage with other ingredients to prepare hors d'oeuvres, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and many other treats.
Keeping the Harvest
Enjoy your abundant harvest of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year with these simple, yet satisfying home-preserving techniques.
Successful Small-Scale Farming
This book introduces anyone owning (or planning to own) a small farm to both the harsh realities and the real potential involved in making a full- or part-time living on the land. Karl Schwenke's clear-eyed approach to the best farming methods covers a wide range of proven techniques and practical advice.
For the practicing beekeeper who needs more information or for the serious novice, here is sensible advice to help keep honey bees thriving.
The Family Cow
The essential how-to guide for anyone who decides to keep a cow. Practical, fully-illustrated chapters with accurate information on buying, behavior, nutrition, breeds, handling, feeding, milking, healthcare, calving, and growing feed crops.
Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food
The one-volume resource organic gardeners need, this handbook provides in-depth growing, harvest, and storing information for 765 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and nuts. To keep the crop healthy, organic remedies for 201 garden pests and diseases are included.
Home Cheese Making
Here are 85 recipes for cheeses and other dairy products that require basic cheese-making techniques and the freshest of ingredients, offering the satisfaction of turning out a coveted delicacy. Among the step-by-step tested recipes for cheese varieties are farmhouse cheddar, gouda, fromage blanc, queso blanco, mascarpone, ricotta, and 30-minute mozzarella.
Join the urban and suburban chicken-farming boomlet and start enjoying the freshest breakfast eggs available. The author provides detailed information every aspiring chickenkeeper needs to know in this handbook that is practical and encouraging.
Richard Bonney describes how to acquire bees, manage a hive, prevent and treat diseases, and take a crop of honey.
The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home
Discover the best and quickest methods for preserving every common vegetable and fruit, arranged in a friendly food-by-food format. Readers will find freezing, drying, canning, brining, and storage instructions thorough enough to encourage complete beginners.
The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest
The latest inexpensive, time-saving techniques for drying, freezing, canning, and pickling. Capture the flavors of fresh foods for year-round enjoyment and create a well-stocked pantry of fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, etc. Included are techniques for all preserving methods, step-by-step illustrations, informative charts and tips, and more than 150 recipes.
Raising a Calf for Beef
Beginners will find what they need in this no-nonsense guide to choosing a calf, building and maintaining housing, nutrition, feeding, daily care, and finally, butchering. It you're interested in raising a beef calf, Phyllis Hobson's clear and unique guide will tell you all you need to know.
The Home Creamery
Butter, yogurt, ricotta, and other fresh dairy products have been made in kitchens around the world for centuries. They are not difficult to make, require no complicated aging techniques, and offer the home cook a wonderful range of tart, sweet, nutty, silky, and creamy textures and flavors. With the growing availability of local organic milk, now is the perfect time to bring fresh dairy products back to the home kitchen.
As more consumers discover the benefits of grass-fed beef — sustainability, good taste, and antibiotic-free — demand continues to grow. For any farmer interested in entering this profitable specialty area, here is the first complete manual on raising, caring for, and marketing grass-fed cattle.
Homegrown Whole Grains
Learn to grow, harvest, store, grind, and cook with nine of the most popular whole grains: wheat, corn, barley, millet, oats, rice, rye, spelt, and quinoa. It's easy, and it takes less space than you might imagine. For example, with just 1000 square feet, a backyard farmer can grow enough wheat to harvest 50 pounds in a single afternoon.
The Dehydrator Bible
Dehydrating is one of the most effective ways to preserve food for maximum nutrition at very low cost. Easy-to-follow instructions with specific time guidelines and best practices and the latest data on food safety make this the ideal dehydrating guidebook and cookbook.
200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes
Homemade cheeses easily surpass commercially made cheese. Home cheese-making supplies and equipment are now easy to find; the only other requirement is a kitchen. This book describes all cheese types, ripening and aging techniques, and the kinds of milk and other components needed.
Gut It • Cut It • Cook It
This book guides you every step of the way from the field to the table. No detail is left out—from proper field dressing and butchering to storing and preparing your venison. So stop paying someone else to butcher your deer, with Gut It•Cut It•Cook It you can do it yourself. Save money and eat your own meat! Spiral bound.
The Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs
Nothing tastes better than herbs fresh from the garden. Discover how easy and rewarding it is to grow your own! Simple instructions, tempting recipes, and beautiful full-color photographs by Saxon Holt will inspire you to grow, harvest, preserve, and cook with 26 of the most popular kitchen herbs.
The Chicken Health Handbook
A must-have reference, this book covers the problems and diseases common to chickens of all breeds and ages. Practical charts identify common symptoms and causes of disease, while an alphabetic listing of diseases provides advice on treatment.
The Complete Book of Butchering, Smoking, Curing, and Sausages
This is a must-have book for all hunters and small-scale farmers who plan to process meat of any kind. Everything you need to know about how to dress and preserve meat is right here, from slaughtering to processing to methods of preservation. Detailed step-by-step instructions and illustrations guide you through the entire process.
The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving
The easiest and safest methods for making delectable preserves in small batches -- all year long.
175 Best Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and Other Soft Spreads
From delicious recipes to expert techniques to safety concerns and choosing the right equipment, the author shares what every home canner needs.
Goats Produce Too! The Udder Real Thing: Cheese Making & more
Contains chapters on making cheese, ice cream, fudges, puddings and pie fillings, making yogurt, soapmaking, goat meat and even making your own milk based paint.
The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering
Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork
The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering Poultry, Rabbits, Lambs, Goats, and Pigss
A Cheesemaker's Journey
From beginners to experienced Cheesemakers, this is the only book you need to make great cheese. Easy to follow instructions including an easy scale. You can use store bought, goat or your home home dairy cow milk.
Garden & Landscaping
Roses Love Garlic
Companion planting is simply planning your garden to take advantage of the natural friendships between plants. In Roses Love Garlic you'll discover how flowers help or hinder other flowers, and similar interactions between vegetables and flowers.
Let it Rot - Gardener's Guide to Composting
In 1975, Let it Rot! helped start the composting movement and taught gardeners everywhere how to recycle waste to create soil-nourishing compost. Contains advice for starting and maintaining a composting system, building bins, and using compost.
Secrets of Plant Propagation
Grow plants from seed and learn how to start your own shrubs and trees with clearly explained grafting techniques. The results will be bountiful, healthy plants and great-tasting fruits and vegetables.
Try saving seeds, it is a time-honored tradition—one that more and more gardeners are rediscovering. It can be as simple as growing a few extra peas or beans for next year's use or as challenging as wintering over cabbage heads, or waiting for the flower stalks to poke up in the spring.
The Vegetable Gardener's Bible
Wide beds, organic methods, raised beds, and deep beds—Smith's method makes it possible for everyone to have the best, most successful garden ever. By following his system you can cultivate deep, powerful soil that nourishes plants and discourages pests and disease. The result is fewer weeds, healthier plants, and lots of great-tasting vegetables.
Mulch protects soil, minimizes weeds, contributes to plant health, encourages earthworms, reduces the need to water, and cuts down on garden labor. This is a practical guide to using mulch in your garden and landscape.
Herbal Remedy Gardens
Enhance your health naturally with more than 20 versatile medicinal herbs from your own garden. Included are 38 illustrated plans for easy-to-maintain backyard and container gardens.
Growing Chinese Vegetables in Your Own Backyard
Advice on planting, growing, and harvesting more than 40 Chinese vegetables and herbs, from the familiar snow pea to the exotic Chinese pumpkin. For every plant, the reader will also find recipes and tips for culinary uses.
The Practical Guide to Container Gardening
Along with comprehensive information on planting techniques, as well as care and maintenance, this book includes a fully illustrated A-Z directory of more than 100 plant species.
The Complete Compost Gardening Guide
Turn the compost bin upside down! The nutritious, organic diet your garden craves is as simple as creating compost heaps right in the garden. Plants and compost live together in labor-and time-saving harmony, producing bright, sweet, juicy vegetables all season long.
If you enjoy growing and eating vegetables year round, this book is for you. Eliot Coleman shows how several methods can be used to raise, harvest, and store a variety of organic, delicious, and healthy vegetables from the garden, not just in summer but all year long.
The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb
Frugal gardening, fantastic results! This book provides practical, time-tested tips that stretch your dollar even as they yield beautiful, bountiful plants. From starting seeds to preserving produce, from composting to conserving water, Hart's advice ensures that readers don't waste time or money.
Landscaping with Fruit
Discover the joy of homegrown apples, berries, plums, cherries, and dozens of other fruits with this definitive guide to creating a more delicious backyard! Lee Reich shows you exactly how to grow temperate-zone fruit at home, from site analysis and climate assessment through plant selection, pest control, pruning, and harvesting.
The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book
Tips and tricks, practical advice, and organic wisdom help gardeners grow the very best crops. This handy, in-the-garden reference includes helpful, uncomplicated responses to questions on planning and planting a vegetable garden, improving soil, caring for crops, controlling pests, and diseases.
The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects
Make your food garden more productive and more enjoyable! Simple-to-make projects — including cold frames, compost bins, planters, raised beds, gates, trellises, and more — will increase your harvest, make your garden chores easier, and turn your garden and yard into an appealing outdoor space for enjoying the fruits of your labors.
Starter Vegetable Gardens
Are you planning your very first vegetable garden? Confused about soil, garden layout, seeds, temperatures, planting schedules, fertilizers, pests, watering, harvesting? Barbara Pleasant takes the guesswork and anxiety out of growing food, explaining in simple language exactly how to start, maintain, and expand an organic vegetable garden.
Seed Sowing and Saving
Free plants from simple seed-saving techniques!
Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners
A complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables.
Vertical Vegetables and Fruit
Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces
The Fruit Gardener's Bible
The complete reference on planting, growing, caring for, and harvesting everything from strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries to orchard fruits like apples, pears, peaches, cherries, almonds, and walnuts.
The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible
Learn how to grow a bounty of food in pots, tubs, and other containers.
Healthy Bones & Joints
A natural approach to treating arthritis, osteoporosis, tendonitis, myalgia, and bursitis.
Food — Your Miracle Medicine
Did you know that a carrot a day could slash your risk of stroke by 70%? Or that ginger can stop migraines and nausea? This book uses information based on more than 10,000 scientific studies to reveal how you can use food to prevent and alleviate a variety of maladies.
Learn how antibiotic herbs such as aloe, garlic, and grapefruit seed extract represent our best defense against bacteria.
Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections
Jackie Clay has inspired thousands of readers already with her story, told bit by bit over several years in the pages of Backwoods Home Magazine. Here is her incredibly popular series as a book.
Storey's Basic Country Skills
For anyone who wants to become more self-reliant, more than 150 of Storey's expert authors share their specialized knowledge in gardening, building, animal husbandry, and homesteading. Learn how to milk a cow, sharpen an ax, preserve fruits and vegetables, clean a chimney, grow raspberries, and much more.
Making Your Small Farm Profitable
Choose the right products, process and market them effectively, and you too can join the ranks of top-earning farmers. Whether you're buying a new farm or jump-starting an old one, with down-to-earth advice on planning, farming, and marketing, you'll soon make your farm profitable.
Takes you through the process of growing and selling trees, wreaths, and greens.
The "Have-More" Plan
One of Jackie Clay's reference books! This 1943 back-to-the-land classic explains how to find land, build a homestead, grow fruits and vegetables, raise livestock, build farm structures, and more.
Mountainman Crafts and Skills
Learn how to make and use hunting tools, utensils, wild game traps, mountainman clothing, powder flasks and horns, tents, deer-horn jewelry, and much more. Wilderness survival skills are also covered, with instruction geared to both novice and expert.
Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners
Jackie Clay revised and updated this classic on veterinary care. Included are ways to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries in livestock and pets. This book helps you to know when to treat your animals or what to check before you call the vet.
Emergency Preparedness and Survival Guide
A one-stop manual on how to prepare for a major disruption of society, whether it is caused by terrorist attack or natural disaster. Each chapter is a stand-alone article taken from the issues of Backwoods Home Magazine, making it easy for the reader to go directly to a topic of interest.
The Self Reliant Homestead
Charles Sanders has produced this book filled with practical advice for those who aspire to own a small farm on a tight budget. How to find land, what to grow, livestock, food preservation, building outbuildings, determining water needs, beekeeping, etc. This book is a must.
The Foxfire Books
The 12 books in the series cover apple butter, banjos, basket weaving, beekeeping, butter churning, corn shucking, dulcimers, faith healing, Appalachian folk magic, fiddle making, haints, American ginseng cultivation, long rifle and flintlock making, hide tanning, hog dressing, hunting tales, log cabin building, moonshining, midwives, old-time burial customs, planting "by the signs", preserving foods, sassafras tea, snake handling and lore, soap making, spinning, square dancing, wagon making, weaving, wild food gathering, witches, wood carving and more.
Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living
This is a comprehensive "how-to" manual on all major wilderness living skills. Authors John and Geri McPherson are experts in hunting, trapping, tool building, archery, construction, and more. They don't just foray into the wild for vacations, they live there.
The Backyard Homestead
With just a ¼ acre of land, you can feed a family of four with fresh food year-round. Simple instructions make it easy to enjoy canned, frozen, dried, and pickled produce all winter; use your own grains to make bread, pasta, and beer; turn fresh milk into delicious homemade yogurt, butter, and cheese; make your own wine, cordials, herbal teas; and much more.
The Backyard Lumberjack
The first must-have complete wood-cutting reference. On subjects from choosing the perfect chainsaw to safely felling, bucking, splitting, and stacking woods, the authors share their enthusiasm for the pleasures and rigors of bringing down trees.
Just in Case
Guides readers through the process of setting up a sensible home power system that takes over when outside services are interrupted. Also explains how to pack an evacuation kit, evaluate food supplies, develop a communications system, and use alternative heating sources.
Blacksmithing Basics for the Homestead
Through detailed but easy-to-understand instructions, illustrations, and photographs, author DeLaRonde teaches the basic skills of forging. Here is all of the information you need to create artistic yet functional iron hardware and accoutrements for your home or camp
Homeowner's Complete Guide to the Chainsaw
From cleaning up after a storm to trimming out-of-control hedges, chainsaws can make quick work of a multitude of landscaping jobs. But as helpful and powerful as chainsaws can be, they are also extremely dangerous. You need to know how to safely and confidently use one—and this book will show you how.
The New Woodburner's Handbook
Despite the waning of interest in woodburning in recent years, Bushway adheres to the view that wood can still be a cost-effective and environmentally sound heating alternative. He provides information to help the would-be woodburner make intelligent choices in selecting, installing, & operating woodburning devices.
The Humanure Handbook
Well written, practical, and thoroughly researched, this self-published book is built on nearly twenty years of experience by the authors, who tell us about every aspect of dealing with excrement on the home-scale level. Everything is covered: privy designs of all types, sanitation, and composting.
Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook
Learn how to plan, purchase, and store a three-month supply of all the necessities—food, water, fuel, first-aid supplies, clothing, bedding, and more—simply and economically.
Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios
Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe and Secure—No Matter What
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition
The essential resource for modern homesteading, growing and preserving foods, raising chickens, and much, much more.
Can America Be Saved From Stupid People?
58 essays from BHM editor Dave Duffy.
The Simplicity Primer
How to achieve a simple lifestyle from a concrete, conservative, no-nonsense, realistic standpoint.
A Widow's Walk Off-Grid to Self-reliance
An inspiring, true story of courage and determination.
BHM's first fiction novel. It's about the off-the-map town of Hardyville, whose freedom-loving residents are doing just fine without big government's "help," and who -- mostly-- wouldn't have it any other way. It's funny, entertaining, and informative if you are a freedom-lover.
The Coming American Dictatorship
An anthology of articles by popular BHM writer, John Silveira, on the assaults of our freedoms, mainly from our own government.
The Freedom Outlaws Handbook
179 things to do until the revolution. Some are serious, some are fun. Some will work for nearly anyone; some will work for those who are more radical. All of them will shore up the privacy barrier -- a barrier that has become nonexistent in places where corporate interest, the PATRIOT Act, and other legislation designed to keep up the facade of protecting our freedom and security has been dissolved.