Homesteading library – by author

  • Borsodi, Ralph
    Flight From The City (1933)

    Chronicles the Borsodi family’s journey from job-in-the-city to self-sufficient country independence during the prosperity of the 1920s. During the Great Depression many people saw this book as a guiding light toward financial security and a much better life.

  • Browne, Harry
    Why The Best-Laid Investment Plans Usually Go Wrong (1987)

    You might think an investment guide written in 1987 couldn’t be relevant to the current scene. Not so. The first 200 pages examines and demolishes all the usual investment strategies/sales pitches because these usually result in loss. Then Browne introduces the idea of a “permanent portfolio,” a mixture of very low overhead investments whose inevitable ups and downs balance each other resulting in moderate profit with great stability.

  • Bruce, Maye E
    Common-Sense Compost Making By the Quick Return Method (1946)

    A basic and effective how-to manual.

  • Campbell, Dr. Charles A.R.
    Bats, Mosquitoes and Dollars (1925)

    The mosquito is one of the greatest hinderances to the enjoyment of country living. They can bring disease. Dr. Campbell discovered ecological handlings that virtually eliminated night-flying mosquitoes by the cultivation of bat colonies.

  • Cash, John D.
    Cash, Martin G.
    Producer Gas For Motor Vehicles (1940)

    A manual for producing your own motor vehicle fuel issued when gasoline was rationed during WWII.

  • Clark, Andy (ed.)
    Managing Cover Crops Profitably (1998)

    A complete look a the use of and problems with cover cropping and green manuring that encompasses all climates of the USA. A cooperative writing effort organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Network, U.S.D.A. Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD.

  • Cookson, B.M
    Dairy Cows and Their Management (1944)

    A small book about maintaining a healthy family cow.

  • Cushing, Helen
    Beyond Organics (2005)

    Since the 1940s gardeners have used organic doctrines as their model of best practice. Helen Cushing points out ways to do much better.

  • Drew, J.M
    Farm Blacksmithing (1901)

    Illustrated manual for the farmer.

  • Ellis, William
    The Country Housewife’s Family Companion, with a modern introduction by Malcolm Thick (1750)

    A complete how-to manual of country skills; how-to make everything from bacon to medicine. The book creates an appreciation for mid-18th century English country life; it reveals how the diet and habits of the era created the diseases that demanded the medicines listed.

  • Franck, Gertrud
    Companion Planting: Successful Gardening The Organic Way (1983. First published in Germany as Gesunder Garten durch Mischkulture,1980)

    Gertrud Franck worked out her own system using living mulch, companion planting and other unique solutions deriving entirely from observations during her lifetime of raising the family’s food.

  • Freed, Dolly
    Possum Living: How To Live Well Without A Job and With (almost) No Money (1978)

    We think anyone seeking independent self-sufficiency should meet Dolly Freed.

  • Graham, Benjamin
    McGolrick, Charles
    The Interpretation of Financial Statements (1955 A revision of the book by Benjamin Graham and Spencer B. Meredith first published in 1937)

    This little book enables an intelligent investor to understand corporate financial reports—if they have been honestly stated. When a corporate financial statement seems incomprehensible or unanalyzable after applying Graham’s book, then it is reasonable to assume that what is being analyzed is an example of accounting dishonesty.

  • Hall, Bolton
    Three Acres And Liberty (1922. First published 1907)

    A passionate plea for independence and self-sufficiency on small, intensively worked acreages. Hall illuminates the social forces propelling people into city poverty when they could live with simple liberty and plenty in the country.

  • Henderson, Peter
    Gardening for Profit; a guide to the successful cultivation of the market and family garden (1882. First printing was in 1866)

    Henderson was a master market gardener selling into the New York City market. He had effective techniques for wintering over vegetables, for producing out of season. The contemporary crop of garden gurus have nothing on this man.

  • Hoye, David
    Solargas: How to easily make your own auto and heating fuel for pennies a gallon (1979)

    This book clearly and simply demonstrates how any energetic and determined person can make ethanol and/or methanol from all sorts of organic wastes, corn, sugar beets, etc., using home-made equipment of great simplicity, and best of all, this alcohol production is entirely powered by the sun.

  • Hyams, Edward
    Melons Under Cloches (1952)

    Hyams was an avid gardener with a passion for growing melons. Melons may be easy to grow where summers are warm and long, but to raise melons in chilly England is no mean trick. The book also contains helpful tips to succeed with cucumbers and zucchini where the summers are too cool for them.

  • LaFontaine, H. and F.P. Zimmerman
    Construction Of A Simplified Wood Gas Generator (1989)

    Construction Of A Simplified Wood Gas Generator for Fueling Internal Combustion Engines In A Petroleum Emergency–Final Report.

  • Logsdon, Gene
    Getting Food From Water: A guide to Backyard Aquaculture (1978)

    About raising food in ponds, rivers, streams, lakes and seaside homesteads. The book shines when discussing areas that Logsdon knows intimately; in other areas it is a bit more of a report and summary of information assembled by Rodale’s editors.

  • Magdoff, Fred and van Es, Harold
    Building Soils for Better Crops (2002)

    This book contains the finest made-simple explanations of how soil works, why organic matter levels and qualities in soils is the key to intelligent management decisions.

  • Marais, Eugène N.
    The Soul of the White Ant (1937)

    A lyrical and passionate exploration of the life and consciousness of the termite. Translated by Winifred de Kok. First published in Afrikaans under the title Die Siel van die Mier.

  • Marr, Charles W., et. al
    Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers (1998)

    Thorough discussion of the use of and problems with the use of cover cropping and green manure crops, particularly applicable to the middle latitudes of the United States and of great value to the home gardener considering cover cropping.

  • Miller, C.C.
    Fifty Years Among the Bees (1911)

    One hundred eleven photographic figures; fifty years of experience. This book has long been a classic among beekeepers.

  • Nelson, K.D
    Design and Construction of Small Earth Dams (1985)

    K.D. Nelson spent 30 years working with water resources and consulting worldwide. His book provides a sound practical approach to investigating, designing and constructing small earth dams that do not fail. The book contains many detailed drawings and a few photos.

  • Neumeyer, Kenneth
    Sailing The Farm (1980)

    Staying healthy on long sea voyages has always been a problem. Neumeyer explains how to create fresh, living food at sea by sprouting, by gathering sea weeds, etc.

  • Roberts, Rex
    Your Engineered House (1964)

    Roberts was a master builder; he takes the reader step by step through considering the intelligent design and construction of wooden houses. Roberts reconsiders materials, design principles and popular building styles that aren’t really sensible.

  • Solomon, Steve
    Gardening Without Irrigation …or without much, anyway (1993)

    This is a guide to growing food with little or no irrigation. It was written entirely from personal observations and original research between 1979 and 1993 in western Oregon, where there is rarely any rainfall between June through September. It has broad applications to any place where the rains can’t be depended upon.

  • Solomon, Steve
    Composterenvoor Biologische Tuiniers (1993)

    Twee onderwerpen in één boek. In deel 1 staat de funfamentele methode van het compostmaken beschreven; en in deel 2 staan de resultaten van een juiste of onjuiste omgang met de bodemvruchtbaarheid beschreven en hoe men zeer goede compost maakt.

  • Solomon, Steve
    Organic Gardener’s Composting (1993)

    Two subjects in one book: a basic, how-to-make-compost book in Part One; and an analysis of the nutritional consequences of soil fertility management choices and how to make really good compost in Part Two.

  • Wojciechowska, Paulina
    Building With Earth: A Guide To Flexible Earthbag Construction (2002)

    This book will guide you to success at building inexpensive, beautiful and durable homes (and other structures) using soil and sand, recycled plastic bags, a bit of Portland cement.

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