The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading: An Encyclopedia of Independent Living

The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading: An Encyclopedia of Independent Living

by Nicole Faires
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The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading: An Encyclopedia of Independent Living by Nicole Faires

Can you make your own bread (sans bread machine)? Grow a garden all winter? What can you use instead of toilet paper? What if the power went out for a month? What if the grocery store closed? Can you make a solar oven? Store food without electricity? Raise a water buffalo? Make fine linen from stinging nettle? Make your own shampoo? Deliver a baby? Is it possible to be totally self-sufficient? This massive, full-color book answers all these questions and thousands more and includes checklists, diagrams, and instructions on how to buy a sheep.

All of the information included meets these criteria: It is something that anyone can do, without special training. It can be done with relatively few supplies or with stuff you can make yourself. It has been tried and tested—either by the author, the military, doctors, or other homesteaders.

The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading is not a storybook or a cookbook. It is a practical guide with nitty-gritty details on everything a homesteader can do, step-by-step with hundreds of color illustrations and pen and ink sketches. You can do it! This book can help.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616081355
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 03/10/2011
Series: Ultimate Guides Series
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 202,497
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nicole Faires is an adventurer, self-proclaimed eccentric,
wife, and mother of three girls. She grew up in a semi-nomadic homeschooling family and spent her early years in rural Montana on a hobby farm where she raised chickens, grew her own food,
learned to crochet, read out-of-print books by Masanobu Fukuoka,
and dreamed of the Amish. She is the author of The Ultimate Guide to
Homesteading and The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture and continues to seek new adventures and local food with her family in beautiful British Columbia. Follow her on Twitter @NicoleFaires or visit her at

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The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading: An Encyclopedia of Independent Living 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Ultimate guide this is not. if you are looking for a few paragraphs on a lot of subjects then this may be your book. If you are looking for actual information, descriptions, diagrams then you need to get Storey's Basic Skills or Country Wisdom and Know How, or John Seymour's book. I found this book to be hugely disappointing and could have written most of blurbs on most of the subjects myself. There is not much depth on any one subject the ones that seemed to get the most print were the sections on Horses, goats and sheep, and homeschooling. Really home schooling? I mean if I wanted a book on the benefits of homeschooling (which I am not against in anyway) she spent 2 pages telling me about several theories of education when I would rather her have taken a few more pages and told about topbar beehives or how to build a rainbarrel collection system, or maybe talked about aquaponics well I digress, I did appreciate the description of how to make lye. If you are going to only buy 1 or 10 books on homesteading, this could be number 11.
rainspiritJL More than 1 year ago
i have just started to read this book, and almost started to highlight certain things, then realized it's a library book, so i am needing to outright buy a copy, so i CAN highlight certain items in it! great, great info for hurricane season, and also for winter in the northern states! the only problem, which is very minute, is, the editor must have been a tad sleepy, but other than that, this is a five star book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This work should have been pfoof read better.