Building A Homestead Library

libraryBeing a homesteader requires learning a wide spectrum of things. This body of knowledge includes carpentry, animal husbandry, butchery, food preservation, gardening, cooking/baking, nutrition, natural remedies, seed saving, and I’m sure I left a few things out.  It can be quit overwhelming.  However some of the things that we love about it, is that it is real life, dealing with things that are alive, that you are physically taking care of your family and that you can also work together as a family.

While watching several homesteading videos, I saw a great collaboration with about 21 channels.  Each homesteader shared what their top three homesteading books are. I thought it would be great to do the same thing on this blog.

Here are a few books that I intending on having in my library: (I wanted to add more but I will keep it down to three)

What are your top three homesteading books that you would recommend?  Please comment below.  Here is a link to the collaboration on youtube as well.


7 thoughts on “Building A Homestead Library

  1. There is always something ‘new’ out there but back in the old days this is what we depended on. 1. Gene Logsdon’ s Homesteading :How to find New Independence On the Land; 2. Raising Small Livestock by Jerome D. Belanger and 3. The family Cow by Dirk van loon

    1. Wow…wonderful suggestions!! I have never heard of the family cow book. We might be going this route for our dairy needs. Thank you so much for letting us know about this book. I will add it to my book list. 🙂

  2. Foxfire Series are full of juicy tidbits and practical wisdom from seasoned homesteaders covering a vast range of topics. Root Cellaring by Mike and Nancy Bubel is also great.

  3. J & D > Been there and done that, alright. But you know what, once we’d got started doing the real thing, we hardly ever looked at any of them more than once or twice. Perhaps that’s because conditions in the Outer Hebrides are somewhat off the scale of conditions for which such books are written in the UK. (The authors/editors/publishers seem glad to cast their net wider by including advice for readers in USA/Canada, but not the inhabitants of Scotland anywhere north and west of the Great Glen!). Our advice : buy 2nd hand on Amazon as far as possible, and don’t mind if it’s not the latest edition. How to thatch a hayrick hasn’t changed for a good few hundred years!

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