Discover how to get off the consumer treadmill and enjoy a simpler lifestyle. Gary Collins documents his firsthand experience in this comprehensive guide on how to find property and build a self-sustaining home to achieve happiness through simplicity. Included are tips for how to deal with general contractors and a review of common types of off-the-grid home construction (standard, straw bale, logs, and green cinder block) that highlights energy efficiency and insulation. All the basics are thoroughly covered, such as well water, septic and sewage disposal, and off-the-grid energy options (solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal). Factored in are contemporary concerns, including access to internet and cell phone service and the importance of an effective security system. Chapter summaries drive home key points for success, and a list of resources directs readers to key information.
Read about basic surviving skills, turkey hunting, whitetails, and more in the GRIT Country Skills Series Guide to Hunting. Whether you’re a beginner or have been out hunting hundreds of times, this guide has helpful tips for a successful hunting season.
Get all your hunting know-how with the Grit Guide to Guns, Knives, and More! This 96-page special edition guide contains the best knowledge and tips for hunting, fishing, and protecting your home. Learn about home gunsmithing, bow hunting, proper shot placement, arming your homestead, field dressing and skinning big game, and more. Make your own knives, hunt safely and humanely, and create amazing recipes from your bounty, all with the Grit Guide to Guns, Knives, and More.
An added bonus of growing your own food is that it is cheaper, fresher, tastier, and as organic as you make it, and your footprint (carbon and otherwise) is greatly minimized. Fred Demara's revised how-to manual, Guerrilla Gardening for Long-Term Survival, gives readers food for thought about starting their own guerrilla gardens.
If you have been wondering if the off-grid lifestyle is for you, or want to make the leap but don’t know where to start, then the Living Off the Grid Set is the perfect resource for you! This set includes Gary Collins’ book Living Off the Grid as well as the companion piece he wrote to accompany it, The Beginner’s Guide to Living Off the Grid: The DIY Workbook for Living the Life You Want.
The Living off the Grid Starter Set is perfect whether you’re thinking of transitioning off the grid, in the process, or already have a place off the grid you call home.
This set includes Gary Collins’s books, Going Off the Grid, Living Off the Grid, and the companion workbook The Beginner’s Guide to Living Off the Grid to help walk you through the process of what it takes to live an off grid lifestyle. In these three books, Gary Collins shares all the ins and outs, and dos and don’ts of life off the grid.
It doesn’t happen overnight. No one quits their 9-to-5 job, rolls up to a new farm, and suddenly has the independent and sustainable lifestyle they’ve been dreaming of. Before you start ordering seeds and choosing chicken breeds, you’ll need the right homestead (and the right philosophy). With everything that needs done while starting a new homestead, the Beginner’s Guide to Self-Sufficiency is here to help.
Mother Earth News is proud to bring you our Double Issue Collector Series Mother Earth News Self-Sufficiency and Country Skills! This guide is packed with timeless tips to have you living off the land in no time. Filled with beautiful photographs, helpful charts, practical recipes, and timeless bits of wisdom, this guide will teach you how to live self-reliantly.
Become more reliant on yourself and your land with the Mother Earth News Premium Issue: Self-Sufficient Living. Learn how to hatch your own flock of chickens, grow food in less space, find your perfect country property, and get your own no-mortgage natural cottage. Get the best tips for keeping livestock, harnessing natural energy from a DIY wind generator, and making your own medicine. Save money and live healthily with all the best tips for living self-reliantly. Feel the true sense of accomplishment with the help of all the tips from Self-Sufficient Living.
Read all about planning a garden, community reliance, or saving money on groceries. Learn how to raise chickens for meat, maximize space in your garden, or build your own wind generator. Plus, get tips on how to grow vegetables all year long!
Living self-sufficiently is hard work, but it is also extremely rewarding. The Mother Earth News Premium: Self-Sufficient Living, 4th Edition is a wealth of information, techniques, and projects that will help you reap a nice reward.
Want to gain new skills you can use around the homestead? Looking for DIY projects to tackle? Do you want to live more self-sufficiently?
Our Mother Earth News Self-Reliance & Homesteading Set includes over 300 pages of valuable information!
This set includes:
MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM: HOMESTEAD DIY PROJECTS, 3RD EDITION
Improve your garden by making a self-watering garden hose pot or break out of the norm by building a house through cob construction. Learn how to make a portable chicken mini coop, backyard pond, or restore old wooden furniture. Plus, learn how to cut electricity costs by learning to build a solar oven. Homesteading is hard work, but the projects in this issue will help make it a little easier and fun!
MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM: SELF-SUFFICIENT LIVING, 4TH EDITION
From this issue, you’ll learn how to supply your homestead with clean, affordable energy using solar and wind, fortify your farm to help it weather any storm by installing adaptable, resilient infrastructure, keep a family cow to save money on dairy products, and more! If you’re just wanting to start with one project or are ready to tackle more, this special issue is full of tips and advice that will help turn your hard work into payoffs.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM: LIVING ON LESS, 9TH EDITION
Create a sustainable farm by growing your own food and raising your own chickens for meat or eggs. Heat water with the sun, make old-fashioned homemade soap, and raise goats for milk. Live self-reliantly with many tips for a DIY lifestyle, and make the best syrup straight from a tree. Save (and possibly earn!) money with tips to cutting your food bills in half, building your own home, and earning a living from a rural setting or from your own home. Get wise and save money by Living On Less!