Homesteading 1 Acre of Land

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Planning a 1-Acre Self Sufficient Homestead

Although this is not technically a recent item in the news, it's an article about an excellent subject.  John Seymour published an excellent book called "The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It", which has gone through several editions, growing with each one.  I've read many different Homesteading / Self-Sufficient books and this one is by far my favorite.

Mother Earth News recently covered one of the items covered in this book.  It's an excerpt of the book covering different aspects of starting and maintaining a 1 acre self-sufficient farm.

This is not a one stop guide, but more of a starter guide to wet the appetite to lead into more research and reading.  It covers items such as raising livestock, growing fruits, vegetables, garden plot management and more... The article is worth the read and if you like it, you'll love the book for sure!

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Collect Homesteading Books?

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Like probably most off you out there, I have collected a large number of reference books and material.  I have to say I have a book addiction ;o)

I like browsing through Amazon and Chapters looking for books on everything from Renewable Energy, Homesteading, Gardening, Seed Saving, Water Harvesting, Permaculture Designs, Household Skills/Crafts, etc...  I love creating lists and seeing what others have in their lists for inspiration.  Yes we do have the Internet, but you can't beat the feel of paper in your hands.

Most of the books we've acquired are not cover to cover reads.  Most are thumbed through for reference to subjects I'm researching or a project in progress.  They're also great for ideas and to find that next project, like we all don't have enough ideas right?

Here are a few of the books in my collection.  I'll be posting a review on each of them:

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Hmmm... Just looking through these makes me want to run through them ;o)  What are you reading?  What's on your bookshelf or wishlist?  Would love to hear your recommendations.

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