The Self-Sufficiency Specialist: The Essential Guide to Designing and Planning for Off-Grid Self-Reliance

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With frequent warnings about water and energy shortages, and the potential dangers of pesticides and genetically modified foods, many people nurture a dream of living a self-sufficient lifestyle. With these people in mind, this comprehensive yet easy-to-read book examines what it truly takes to live off the fat of the land. Authors Alan and Gill Bridgewater, who themselves recently moved to a smallholding, answer all the fundamental questions that anyone considering a similar lifestyle shift might ask; from the best way to warm your home off the grid to the time and effort that go into growing your own food and raising your own animals. The book even goes so far as to describe quirkier aspects of the lifestyle, with detailed descriptions of how to make soap and candles. Both the most fulfilling aspects and the hard graft of self-sufficient living are revealed in full. Packed with informative illustrations and diagrams, and a wealth of useful advice, The Self-Sufficiency Specialist is the perfect guide for prospective 21st-century smallholders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845379254
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers, Limited UK
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Specialist Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan and Gill Bridgewater have gained an international reputation as producers of gardening and DIY books on a range of subjects, including ponds and patios, stone and brickwork, decks and decking, and garden design. They have written a wide range of highly successful books and contributed to several international magazines. They live in Rye, East Sussex.

Alan and Gill Bridgewater have gained an international reputation as producers of gardening and DIY books on a range of subjects, including ponds and patios, stone and brickwork, decks and decking, and garden design. They have written a wide range of highly successful books and contributed to several international magazines. They live in Rye, East Sussex.

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Table of Contents

Author's foreword     2
Getting Started
What is self-sufficiency?     3
The benefits of self-sufficiency     4
Considering your options     6
A place in the town     8
A place in the country     10
The Self-Sufficient Set-Up
The self-sufficient town house     12
The self-sufficient village cottage     14
The self-sufficient smallholding     16
Off-grid water     18
Recycling water     20
Cookers and stoves     22
Solar collectors and Trombe walls     24
Solar or photovoltaic cells     26
Wind turbines     28
Geothermal heating     30
Water or hydro turbines     32
Inverters and batteries     33
Super-insulating your home     34
Recycling your household waste     36
Growing organic vegetables     38
Growing organic fruit     40
Growing herbs     42
Keeping Animals
Keeping chickens     44
Keeping ducks     46
Keeping geese     48
Keeping goats     50
Keeping sheep     52
Keeping a cow     54
Keeping pigs     56
Keeping bees     58
Using Your Produce
Storing food     60
Making jam     62
Making chutney     64
Drying food     66
Smoking food     68
Making beer     70
Making cider     72
Making wine     74
Making vegetarian soap     76
Making candles     77
Glossary     78
Index     79
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