Starting a farm when you are trying to become self-sufficient is a constant learning process and it is hard to know the right thing to do at all times! I wish we could say we just knew how to do everything right off the bat but that would be FAR from true! The good news is that there are MANY resources out there from manuals, to old country books and, of course, the Internet. We have categorized some references based on what we have on our farm on the left side of this page and below you will find general resources that have been and continue to be great sources of information!
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►The Encyclopedia of Country Living 10th Edition
by Carla Emery
"Carla Emery first started compiling The Encyclopedia of Country Living in 1974 and continued to improve, refine and update through ten editions. She traveled the country enthusiastically teaching the skills for living independently off the land-finding your place in the country, planning and planting a garden, raising animals, living the self-sufficient life. Whether you live int he city or the country-or anywhere in between- this is the complete, practical guide to living well and living simply." taken from the back of the The Encyclopedia of Country Living
Introduction to Plants, Grasses/Grains & Canes, Garden Vegetables, Herbs and Flavorings, Tree/Vine/Bush & Bramble, Food Preservation, Introduction to Animals, Poultry, Goats/Cows & Home Dairying, Bee/Rabbit/Sheep & Pig
►Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
by Abigail R. Gehring
"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. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle.
Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics 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 may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available. 2,000 color photos and 200 black-and-white illustrations"
►The Merck Veterinary Manual
"The most comprehensive and reliable source of information on all aspects of animal health care is now in its ninth edition. With updated coverage and a new look, this landmark 50th Anniversary Edition of the classic reference for veterinary students and practitioners worldwide continues its legacy of top-notch veterinary instruction. Expanded by 400 pages, this new edition includes additional information on new and emerging animal diseases, broadened chapters on emergency and critical care, expanded coverage of exotic and laboratory animals, important coverage of animal-to-human disease transmission, plus many other added and revised chapters."