The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It


The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the only book that teaches all the skills needed to live independently in harmony with the land harnessing natural forms of energy, raising crops and keeping livestock, preserving foodstuffs, making beer and wine, basketry, carpentry, weaving, and much more. Our 2003 edition included 150 new full-color illustrations and a special section in which John Seymour, the father of the back to basics movement, explains the philosophy of self-sufficiency and

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  1. 57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A classic, but it’s not the only book you’ll ever need, October 22, 2013
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    While this is a really good book, a classic on the subject, it doesn’t go into depth on any one subject. It’s more like a list of what you might need to be self-sufficient and a page or two about each item. As an example, the pages on goats mentions how to house them and what to feed them, but never mentions that you’ll need to trim their hooves and how to do so. It’s a good book, and definitely one to have for your self-sufficiency library, but it won’t teach you everything you’ll need to know. I would also suggest “The Backyard Homestead” by Carleen Madigan and “The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition ” by Carla Emery (for a start).
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  2. Chad G. Mckeough says:
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing Book that is Changing My Life, November 5, 2015
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    Chad G. Mckeough (Joplin, MO USA) –

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    I bought this book because I have started gardening in my small yard. I have also planted apple, plum, and cherry trees around the house. I decided to really step up my game and added chickens to the mix. I really enjoy my new hobby, but I realized quite quickly that I need to have a clear and comprehensive plan before I get too much further along. I don’t want to wake up next spring and realize I’ve destroyed my home and my yard. I bought this book because of the other reviews I read.
    This book is truly changing my life. I have created such an ambitious agenda for the next few years. I have a 1250 sq. foot home on a 100′ x 100′ lot in the center of Joplin, Missouri. I am going to have an off the grid home and be self sufficient in five years. I am not going to spend very much money getting started, the author presents creative ways of dealing with problems without running to the hardware store. A good example is the coop for the chickens made with branches, poultry wire, and the empty feed bags. I bought a $200 dollar chicken coop that is already struggling to hold itself together in the Missouri weather. I could have built the coop in the book for next to nothing. This book is so detailed and amazing about every facet of this lifestyle. I have probably read it twice now and many of the sections much more than that. I recommend this book to you. It is illustrated beautifully and it has become my go to book for almost everything that comes up with my new hobby.
    If you are a devotee of the back to the earth movement, and a closet prepper like myself (my shameful secret). This book will take a prominent place on your library shelf. I have bought a couple of other books that are more survival in a doomsday situation. I’m not a prepper, daydreaming of the end of the world. I’m a prepper that wonders if my 401K could vanish in another future wall street scandal and SSI might disappear from mismanagement or neglect. My kind of prepping is the kind found in this book. It is the victory garden of my grandparents generation or the cottage garden of peasants in the old country. This book is wonderful. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you let me know if this recommendation helped you.
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  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very informative, August 31, 2016
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    matt

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    It’s more about living a simple sustainable lifestyle. Not the consumer based life we are fooled into living.
    This is a great book filled with great information. I’ve only made it through the first three chapters but I can say that it’s an easy read and I look forward to trying to implement some of what I have learned thus far. It’s nice to have a resource that pulls it’s information from a past way of living. People lived like this for centuries, some still do and do quite well for themselves. Hopefully one day I can join their ranks.
    The print is a bit small but its clear and fairly easy to read. The book is nicely bound and should hold up to a lot of use.
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