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As consumers become ever more eco-conscious, many people nurture a dream of a 'self-sufficient' lifestyle. "The Self-Sufficiency Handbook" is an introduction to the possibilities and methods involved in setting up the different aspects of a greener way of living. Authors Alan and Gill Bridgewater recently moved to a smallholding, so they are well equipped to answer all the fundamental questions that anyone considering a similar lifestyle shift might ask. Subjects covered in the book include: the self-sufficient house, the organic food garden, animal husbandry and the pantry. The book runs the full ecological gamut, from geothermal heating through to crop rotation and making your own soap. It emphasises the positive aspects of adapting to a self-sufficient lifestyle, such as cutting living costs and eating well, and the sheer fun of rolling your sleeves up to get things going. Packed with informative illustrations and diagrams, and a wealth of useful advice, "The Self-Sufficiency Handbook" is the perfect guide for the increasing number of people who are keen to join the green revolution.
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Alan and Gill Bridgewater have gained an international reputation as producers of highly successful gardening and DIY books on a range of subjects, including garden design, ponds and patios, stone and brickwork, decks and decking, and household woodworking. They have also contributed to several international magazines. They live in Rye, East Sussex.Review:
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The collaborative work of gardening and DIY experts Alan and Gill Bridgewater, "The Self-Sufficiency Handbook: Your Complete Guide to a Self-Sufficient Home, Garden, and Kitchen" was written specifically for those who are worried about ever-rising fuel bills and longing for the day when they can be off-grid and independent; anyone who is anxious about the quality of the food they eat and who are planning to go organic; folks yearning to get back to the way it was but don't know where to start. Profusely illustrated throughout, "The Self-Sufficiency Handbook" shows how to achieve the eco-friendly good life. This thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction manual and guide covers the ecological gamut from geothermal heating, to crop rotation, to soap making, and more. It answers such important as questions: how much land is really needed to be self-sufficient, whether or not to depend entirely on natural forms of energy, and which farm animals will best meet particular needs. There is even practical do-it-yourself information on building an insulated flue pipe chimney, identifying edible wild plants, and composting with worms. Of special note is the inclusion of recipes for jams, rhubarb wine, cheeses, and more. Packed with full-color photographs, helpful illustrations, and diagrams, "The Self-Sufficiency Handbook" will have practical appeal to urban and suburban residents who want to adopt certain aspects of greener living and to serious adherents of back-to-basics living. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Self-Sufficiency Handbook" is also available in a digital book format
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Book Description New Holland Australia(AU), 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1847739636