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No home, whether in the country, the city, or somewhere in between, should be without this one-of-a-kind encyclopedia - The Encyclopedia of Country Living - the most complete source of information available about growing, processing, cooking, and preserving homegrown foods from the garden, orchard, field, or barnyard.
Carla Emery addresses everything you need to know about various topics of outdoor, independent living, and if she doesn't have all the answers, she forwards you to other sources that will get you the specific info you need. This book is worth the money. I bought it to learn more about gardening, and came away learning so much more.
Here is a general idea of what she includes, as well as some of the weirder specifics:
- How to get water - dowsing, getting it to your farm, using it, pollution concerns
- Living primitively - shelter, backwoods refrigeration, campfire kitchens
- Alternative energy - information and resources, using a solar cooker
- Washing clothes by hand
- Candle making - paraffin and beeswax
- Foraging - also poisonous plants and mushrooms
- Wood - harvesting, heating, wood cook stoves
- Fertilizing your soil
- Raising earthworms for gardening, bait, or money making
- Using draft horses and oxen
- Grain (all kinds!) - planting; mowing by hand; binding sheaves and making shocks to cure them; threshing by - hand, with animals, or machinery; winnowing; drying; storing; grinding; and protecting from pests
- Preserving food - canning, freezing, drying, salting, larding, fermenting, jams and juices, making vinegar
- Saving seeds for next year plants
- Herbs - culinary, not medicinal
- Pressing oil from seeds- Acorns - making meal and flour
- Bamboo - growing, recipes, and various other uses
- Wild Rice - foraging and growing your own
- Flax - growing and making linen
- Maple sugaring - collecting sap and making syrup
- Dandelion root or chicory coffee
- Beekeeping - keeping bees, harvesting and using wax and honey
- Raising, feeding, and caring for all types of livestock
- Building barns, fences, chicken coops, rabbit hutches, etc.
- Pastures, forage, hay, feeds
- Predator control
- Diseases and veterinary care
- Reproduction from breeding to births
- Dehorning, castrating, hoof trimming
- Sheep shearing and using wool
- Pigs - housing, fencing, and how to catch a pig!
- Rabbit raising
- Poultry - chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guineas; hatching chicks; preserving eggs and testing them for safety; using feathers
- Dairying - milking and milk handling; all types of dairy products; cream separators and butter churns
- Butchering - preserving meat; making sausage, soap, and lard; tanning hides; making pickled pig feet! ...and much more! Yeah I know, that's a lot!
Everyone in America should have a copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living. You can learn how to do practically everything the old fashioned way.
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