When we first got the itch to start growing food for ourselves and become a little more self sufficient, this was the book that got us going. I signed it out from the local library and couldn’t put it down. After maxing out the times I could renew the book, I had to return it and couldn’t take it out again because someone else had requested it. So I requested it for Christmas.
Well before this current back-to-the-land movement, John Seymour wrote The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency in 1976, which over the years evolved into the current edition of The Self-Sufficient Life.
The book is a glimpse into living off of the land. A labour-intensive, low-consumption life, where money and consumerism take a back seat to simply taking care of yourself and your family.
|Though not the biggest in the book, I find the one-acre farm inspiring. It shows how much you can do with a relatively small piece of land.|
The book starts with a bird’s eye view of an urban garden, and on the following pages gets up to the ultimate 5-acre self-sustaining farm.
It’s essentially a how-to book for living like John Seymour. And the reader has the benefit of his years of wisdom. It’s a great head-start.
|You can even learn how to get rid of bungees. They only exist because people don’t know how to use rope anymore. And we also fantasize about when we’ll have a cow.|
Add the The Self Sufficient Life and How To Live It to your bookshelf by visiting the publisher’s site here. Or find it through your local bookstore.