The Homesteader Library

A homesteader library is so important. a good collection of resources is a must have for any homesteader.

Let’s face it, there is no way we all can know everything there is to know about animal husbandry, gardening, preserving and such. And to think that way means you won’t get any farther than you are on the homestead. There is so much to learn and grow from, and so many awesome resources out there. I am going to share with you some of my absolute favorites that I glean information from time and again.

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Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens For Dummies

These were the first two books I ever checked out from the library on the subject of keeping chickens, and I borrowed them so often that I eventually bought them. They were some of the best “hand holders” that we needed at first. They inspired me to write about my own experiences keeping chickens. You can check that out here.

How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey

My father in law helped to stoke the fires of our desire to keep bees, and this is one that I am glad to share with other friends who wish to do the same. It’s given us a lot of great tips for our beekeeping projects!

Natural Beekeeping

Another book given to us from my father in law, this one has helped us understand why our bees died and how to improve our odds next time.

Encyclopedia of Country Living

This has a TON of information, from gardening, to raising chickens, to preserving food. If you can only add 1 book to your resources, this should be it!

Diy Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homesteader

We picked this book up at Menard’s on one of our “project trips” and it’s given us a lot of great ideas. We haven’t been able to afford most of the projects the way they are written, but it gave us a place to start on many things, including our chicken coop from a dog house project.

BackYard Farming on an Acre

Written by my bloggy friend, Angela, this book has been a go to for many things, including our research into the shepherd foray.

The Backyard Homestead

This was the book that started it all for us. Once we read this book, I knew that we could “do the homesteady thing”. It’s one that I read from cover to cover at least 2x a year still.

Square Foot Gardening

Perhaps the most misunderstood book on our shelf, this one got us started with the idea of square foot gardening to maximize our space. It’s not the author’s fault we still thought planting 200 plants in 16 square feet was a good idea 😉

The Joy of Cooking

Since this first came out in 1931, this has had many editions and updates to it. It’s basically the Bible of all things food. I am blessed enough to not only have my Grandmother’s 1945 edition, but my Mother’s 1967 edition as well as a 2001 edition that was purchased just for me. I love seeing how things have changed, food wise over time. But, the canning and preserving techniques in there are timeless.

The Organic Canner

This is one of my favorites because she has recipes that I hadn’t tried before. My pantry canning skills took off when I realized I could put up my own chili and soups!

What are some of your favorite resources you must have in your homestead library? PIN THIS TO YOUR FAVORITE BOARD FOR LATER!

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