Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century

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This book by a father-and-son team doesn't wallow in all-too-true tales of resource depletion; it jumps in with real-life self sufficiency solutions that have perfected on their Newhouse Farm in Cornwall, England. This haven of ecologically friendly practices has been the focus of BBC Two's popular series It's Not Easy Being Green, a title at least somewhat belied by the simplicity of the practical changes suggested in Self Sufficiency for The 21st Century. (Hand-selling tip: It's important to realize that low impact living isn't generally a one-jump leap. The incremental changes recommended in this book can help people take their first major steps in that direction.)
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British father and son Dick and James Strawbridge (cohosts, It's Not Easy Being Green, BBC, UK) share their years of experience working Newhouse Farm, their smallholding in Cornwall, England, describing how everyone, including urban and suburban dwellers, can become more self-sufficient and environmentally conscious. They cover everything from conserving energy, harnessing energy from wind and water, gardening, and keeping livestock, to cheese making and creating willow baskets. Using step-by-step instructions and numerous useful photographs, the two show the reader, in just a few pages per subject, how to perform often complex tasks. Their enthusiastic, engaging style makes for easy reading, and the book paints a realistic picture of what it would be like to live as self-sufficiently as possible on a small farm. Many of the subjects they include, however, such as raising livestock, rate an entire book by themselves. VERDICT This is a useful overview of the range of possibilities for becoming more self-sufficient, written by knowledgeable authors, with the understanding that beginners would need additional instruction to handle many of the tasks.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756663209
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/2/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 424,077
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Most people write about it; these guys DID it!

    Many of the authors that you find writing in the genre of self-sufficiency or homesteading today have done a little themselves, but many of them still have to bring together a number of sources to give you a complete picture. Well, these guys took many of the ideas out there, they stress-tested them, and they figured out what worked best and made it a reality. What more can I say? No book is perfect, but this one rises above the rest. Well worth the read, and a good one to have in your library for reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2010

    Great book!!

    This is the best book I have read in a long time.Very good information. Money well spent.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    Love this book, haven't put it down since I bought it... so wort

    Love this book, haven't put it down since I bought it... so worth the money great ideas

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