Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It
by Seymour, John; Waters, Alice (FRW); Sutherland, Will (CON)







Foreword7(1)
Alice Waters
Prefaces to the 2018 Edition8(2)
Prefaces to Earlier Editions10(2)
Introduction12(6)
Chapter 1 The Meaning Of Self-Sufficiency
The Way to Self-sufficiency
18(2)
Humans & the Environment
20(4)
The Natural Cycle
24(2)
The Seasons
26(2)
The Urban Garden
28(2)
The Community Garden
30(2)
The One-acre Farm
32(5)
The Five-acre Farm
37(5)
Chapter 2 Food From The Garden
The Food-producing Garden
42(4)
The Deep Bed
46(2)
Sowing & Planting
48(2)
Growing under Cover
50(2)
Protecting from Pests
52(2)
Pests, Fungi & Diseases
54(3)
The Illustrated Index of Vegetables, Herbs & Fruits
57(1)
The Edible Parts of Plants
58(4)
Roots
62(2)
Stems
64(2)
Leaves
66(8)
Flowers and Vegetable Fruits
74(2)
Seeds and Pods
76(4)
Fruits
80(8)
Green Manure Crops
88(1)
The Cultivation of Vegetables
89(54)
The Cultivation of Herbs
143(12)
The Cultivation of Fruits
155(23)
Caring for Fruit Trees
178(2)
Vegetables through the Year
180(2)
Winter
182(2)
Spring
184(2)
Early Summer
186(2)
Late Summer
188(2)
Fall
190(2)
The Greenhouse
192(4)
Chapter 3 Food From Animals
The Living Farmyard
196(2)
The Cow
198(6)
Beef
204(2)
Goats
206(2)
Pigs
208(7)
Sheep
215(5)
Poultry
220(6)
Rabbits
226(1)
Bees & Honey
227(5)
Chapter 4 Food From The Fields
Clearing Land
232(2)
Draining Land
234(2)
Irrigating Land
236(1)
Making Use of Woodland
237(3)
Hedging & Fencing
240(4)
The Working Horse
244(2)
Horse & Tractor Power
246(1)
Preparing Land & Sowing
247(3)
Harvesting
250(2)
The Cereals
252(2)
Wheat
254(1)
Milling Grain
255(1)
Oats & Rye
256(1)
Barley
257(1)
Corn
258(1)
Rice
259(1)
Growing Crops for Oil
260(1)
Growing Root Crops
261(7)
Grass & Hay
268(6)
Chapter 5 Food From The Wild
Game
274(2)
Fish & Sea Foods
276(4)
Plants, Nuts & Berries
280(2)
Mushrooms
282(4)
Chapter 6 In The Dairy
The Hayshed & Cowshed
286(2)
The Dairy
288(2)
Making Butter & Cream
290(3)
Making Cheese
293(5)
Chapter 7 In The Kitchen
The North-facing Storeroom
298(2)
Harvesting & Storing
300(2)
Making Bread
302(4)
Preserving
306(2)
Freezing
308(2)
Canning
310(2)
Making Pickles & Chutneys
312(2)
Making Jams & Syrups
314(2)
Bakery & Desserts
316(1)
Meats
317(1)
Fish
318(1)
Vegetables
319(3)
Chapter 8 Brewing & Wine-Making
Brewing Basics
322(1)
Malting Barley
323(1)
Making Beer
324(4)
Making Wine
328(4)
Making Hard Cider & Vinegar
332(4)
Chapter 9 Energy & Waste
Food for the Garden
336(2)
The Dry Toilet
338(2)
Managing Waste
340(2)
Saving Energy
342(2)
Power from Water
344(2)
Heat from the Sun
346(2)
Power from the Sun
348(1)
Fuel from Waste
349(1)
Power from the Wind
350(4)
Chapter 10 Crafts & Skills
The Workshop
354(2)
Building
356(3)
Springs & Plumbing
359(1)
Knots & Ropework
360(2)
Basketry
362(2)
Pottery
364(2)
Spinning Wool & Cotton
366(2)
Dyeing & Weaving
368(2)
Spinning Flax
370(1)
Curing & Tanning
371(1)
Making Bricks & Tiles
372(2)
Working in Stone
374(2)
Working in Metal
376(2)
Building & Thatching
378(2)
Scything
380(2)
Woodworking
382(4)
Household Items
386(2)
Making a Pond & Fish Farming
388(1)
The All-purpose Furnace
389(1)
Becoming a Self-supporter
390(10)
Glossary400(2)
Index402(5)
Resources407(1)
About the Authors408


Embrace off-grid green living with a new edition of the bestselling classic guide to a more sustainable way of life from the father of self-sufficiency.

For over 40 years, John Seymour has inspired thousands to make more responsible, enriching, and eco-friendly choices with his advice on living sustainably. The Self-Sufficienct Life and How to Live It offers step-by-step instructions on everything from chopping trees to harnessing solar power; from growing fruit and vegetables, and preserving and pickling your harvest, to baking bread, brewing beer, and making cheese. Seymour shows you how to live off the land, running your own smallholding or homestead, keeping chickens, and raising (and butchering) livestock.

In a world of mass production, intensive farming, and food miles, Seymour's words offer an alternative: a celebration of the joy of investing time, labor, and love into the things we need. While we can't all move to the countryside, we can appreciate the need to eat food that has been grown ethically or create things we can cherish, using skills that have been handed down through generations. With refreshed, retro-style illustrations and a brand-new foreword by Alice Waters, this new edition of Seymour's classic title is a balm for anyone who has ever sought solace away from the madness of modern life.





John Seymour is known and respected as "The Father of Self-Sufficiency." Educated in England and Switzerland, his worldwide experience of husbandry and the benefits of rural life is unparalleled. After studying at an agricultural college, he worked on farms in England, and then spent some 10 years in Africa, where he managed a sheep and cattle farm and acted as a livestock officer for a veterinary department. His most influential contribution has been to live, teach, and promote self-sufficiency, first on five acres, and then on 62 acres, and then in Ireland, where the School of Self-Sufficiency that he established with Angela Ashe attracts new recruits in increasing numbers. John Seymour was an active campaigner for the countryside and the environment. He died on his old farm in Wales, where he had been living with his family, in 2004.

About the Foreword writer:

Alice Waters is a chef, author, and food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. She has been a champion of local, sustainable agriculture for more than four decades. In 1995 she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for a free school lunch for all children and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school. In 2015 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama, proving that eating is a political act, and that the table is a powerful means to social justice and positive change. Alice is the author of 15 books, including The Art of Simple Food I & II, and a memoir, Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook.





An updated version of Seymour's 1976 classic Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, this exhaustive and lavishly illustrated guide will appeal to readers interested in moving further off the grid. The majority of the book is devoted to traditional farming concerns such as livestock and crops, with best practices for plowing and pest prevention. Guns are mentioned only in a hunting context, and there's practically nothing about disaster survival, setting this further apart from ordinary prepper fare. The book will have substantial value for gardeners and novice farmers, however, and makes interesting reading if one has even slight interest in agriculture and self-sufficiency. A standout work. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.






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