My Favorite Homesteading/Farming/Gardening Books

My Favorite Homesteading/Farming/Gardening Books

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This is a re-post from a few years ago (on my old blog) but it is still totally relevant. I’ll be reading a bunch of these books again this winter, as I do every winter.

In the last year or so I’ve been slowly building up our library of reference books about farming and homesteading and I’ve learned so so much. I am really looking forward to putting some of the skills and knowledge I’ve gleaned to good use πŸ™‚ As you may have noticed, I love to read so there are quite a few different styles of books on my shelves.

Some of the books I love to read are simply enjoyable reading about real life people learning their way through farming. The Dirty Life is one of my all time favorites. I’ve probably read this twenty times in the last two years! hmmm, don’t see that one on the shelf, it must be on my bedside table πŸ™‚


And of course what self respecting potential farmer/homesteader wouldn’t have at least ONE of Joel Salatin’s books πŸ˜‰ I read Family Friendly Farming and it was quite engaging and hilarious, but thought provoking as well.

Β Some of the weightier, more reference style volumes in our collection include this behemoth below, The Encyclopedia of Country Living, which I will admit I haven’t read all of, but I have read quite a bit and also used some of the recipes from it which were really good. A ton of really good information about just about anything and everything to do with homesteading.

Then there is this wonderful wonderful book that I adore! The Self-Sufficient Life and How to live it.

I love all the illustrations and all the information, in fact I HAVE read this one cover to cover πŸ™‚
Another book that I like is The Permaculture Handbook, as I do believe Permaculture makes a ton of sense

That one I’ve delved into a bunch of times and really enjoyed it so one of these days I’m going to finish it!
I also have a couple small homestead books like The Backyard Homestead, and Backyard Homesteading.

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And then we have some gardening type books like Grow Cook Eat.

with fantastic pictures, scrumptious recipes and excellent tips it is fast becoming one of my top faves πŸ™‚ and same with this one which is similar The Western Garden book of Edibles
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And then last, but certainly not least, we have this absolute jewel, The Garden that you Are.
Β I received my copy from my mom as a Christmas gift this past year, Thanks mom! “The garden that you are” was written about an area very close to my home and it is fantastic! I’ve even met one of the couples featured in there and seen their garden up close and it is spectacular and inspiring and wonderful (despite the crazy mosquitoes πŸ™‚
So there you go, a whole lotta reading and note taking I’ve done from these books. Looking over them all now, I realize what a visual learner I am, in that I gravitate towards the ones with drool worthy pictures. ( But really, what’s a garden book without pictures πŸ˜‰
If your are interested in some more book recommendations you can check out favorite cookbooks here and school lunch inspiration here.
Please feel free to share your favorite sources of inspiration and knowledge with all of us in the comments below.
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Check out this great list of wonderful books and resources about Gardening, Farming and Homesteading.



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