You’re a beekeeping, seedling starting, chick brooding, sauerkraut-making master, but there’s always another skill you could add to your homesteading repertoire.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to build a straw bale guest house, or a wattle-and-daub woodshed. Or you’ve been thinking about what it would take to grow your own grains as well as your own greens.
Well, homesteader, this is your lucky day! There’s still time to sign up for our latest giveaway to win a selection of books to teach you just what you need to know. We’ve teamed up with the folks at Mother Earth News to offer the following books to one fortunate winner this month.
Chelsea Green publishes standby favorites like Eliot Coleman to more recent “instant classics” like Sandor and Harvey’s books.The contest ends in mid-November so don’t delay. Sign up here for your chance to win. Here are the books: Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader By Philip Ackerman-Leist The inspiring true story of a young couple who embraced the joys of simple living while also acknowledging its frustrations and complexities. The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World By Sandor Ellix Katz Quite simply the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times By Carol Deppe Filled with detailed information about growing and using five key crops: potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs. When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency By Mat Stein A comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—food, water, shelter, energy, first-aid, and more. The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses By Eliot Coleman Grow produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized un- or minimally-heated greenhouses. Small-Scale Grain Raising: An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritious Whole Grains for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers By Gene Logsdon Logsdon covers the basics of grain production—planting, dealing with pests, harvesting, processing, storing, and using whole grains. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture By Toby Hemenway Learn how to apply basic permaculture principles to make your garden more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit By Stephen and Rebekah Hren Transform your home with projects both small and large, listed by skill, time, cost, and energy saved. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers By Harvey Ussery The most comprehensive and definitive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry. Top Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health By Les Crowder and Heather Harrell Provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using innovative and natural top-bar beehives. Don’t forget to share the giveaway with your gardening, farming, and fermenting friends. Good luck, and happy homesteading!