The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency Hardcover – 1 Sep 2009
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About the Author
John Seymour, the acknowledged founding father of the self-sufficiency movement, was an active campaigner for the countryside and the environment. Students come from around the world to learn about his lifestyle & philosophies at the centre he established in southern Ireland. He died in 2004.
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Top Customer Reviews
John Seymour looks at how to be self-sufficient with whatever you have - from a window-box, to 1 acre, to 5 or 10 acres, to 100+ acres. When you are making do with a window-box, this book also provides excellent and realistic day-dreaming opportunities about upgrading to a real smallholding!
He obviously knows what he is talking about - there is no wasted space, or idle talk. Every sentence not only useful but interesting. Even the most experienced farmer could learn something new here, as the book covers a vast range of skills for life, from preparing land and growing food to butchering animals and storing food. The book is well laid-out, with line-drawn colour illustrations which are very helpful.
Now in a very shiny new edition, which is much like the last in most ways, this fantastically loveable book will tell you all you need to know about anything from ploughing fields to milking cows - to how to create an urban organic garden. The best bit of it is John Seymour's very knowledgeable but always readable, engaging writing style.
This book is very matter of fact and doesn't preach the virtues of the good life, but you will find yourself wanting it. It's like a detailed instruction book for something that you very much want to buy.
Today I still have 18 acres which keeps me active in retirement. Use this book as your starting point, but remember there is only one way to find out how to farm - DO IT!
The Book would also make a fine gift to anyone who has an allotment, really use full ideas and tips.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of useful information and a great read even if smallholding is just a dream, there's plenty of content that can be applied to life wherever you live.Published 17 days ago by Anuverun
This book is great! It describes all the fruit and veg and herbs you could possibly want to grow and it also tells you in what conditions they grow best, how to store them, etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is excellent I bought it for a friend as I had purchased this years ago and love it. The friend was delighted with it.Published 2 months ago by Dorothy Dunn
An astonishing informative volume, all you need to become self sufficientPublished 4 months ago by Mr. Mr. Robertson
Emphasis on the word complete in the title. There was so much stuff in here more than you could do in a lifetime.Published 6 months ago by Meepmeep