7 Books That Influenced My Journey To Self Sufficiency
I was 15 when the crazy homestead/gardening bug officially bit me.
I have always been an avid reader, so once I got it in my head that I wanted to grow and raise all of my own food, I began searching for the best books on the subject.
I found this book on the bookshelf at a homesteading friend’s house.
I asked if I could borrow it, and proceeded to read it cover to cover twice before returning it. I decided that I definitely needed a copy of my own. Covering pretty much every homesteading topic you can think of, The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It is my all purpose, go-to reference book.
I found this book a year or so later, and quickly devoured it as well. I think one of the reasons Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Lifewas so inspiring to me is because it is set in my native state of Virginia.
It opened my eyes even more to the HUGE variety of plants that will flourish here in the Mid-Atlantic.
To me, these are the original permaculture books.
Long before the word permaculture was even established, Gene Stratton Porter was writing about the farming and agricultural practices of a few people in Michigan. Laddie: A True Blue Story, and The Harvester are two of my all-time favorite books for pleasure and educational reading.
This cookbook revolutionized much of the US by starting the real food movement about two decades ago, and is still the mainstay of our diet philosophy.
Growing and raising all our own food fits perfectly with the principles the Dr. Weston Price discovered in the early 1900’s. I use my Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Ok. So, I know they were written for kids, and are a somewhat glamorized version of life in the late 1800’s but I still love the Little House On The Prairie Series.
My favorite part is all the references and descriptions of the practical side of their lives. Reading about the old fashioned way of making cheese, butchering animals, gardening, and preserving is fascinating to me.
Last, but definitely not least, is a more recent book discovery. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture has forever changed the way I garden and homestead.
Applying permaculture methods to our homestead has been super exciting and educational and I can’t wait to do more and more each year! I have only checked this book out of our local library, but I will be adding it to my personal library of homesteading books very soon!
There are loads of other amazing books on the subject of being self-sufficient (think Joel Salatin, and all of his amazing books!), but these 7 books are the ones that influenced me most on my journey to self sufficiency!
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