Front Cover of The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition
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The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself (Spiral Bound)

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The essential book of basic skills and country wisdom for living off the land, being prepared, and doing it yourself. Keep your family healthy, safe, and independent--no matter what's going on in the world.

With its origins in the back-to-the-land movement of the late 1960s, Carla Emery’s landmark book has grown into a comprehensive guide to living in the country and developing a sustainable lifestyle, while lowering your carbon footprint in the process.

Find inspiration and know-how to live independently in this comprehensive guide, including how to:

  • Can, dry, and preserve food
  • Plan your garden
  • Grow your own food
  • Make 20-minute cheese
  • Make your own natural skincare products
  • Bake bread
  • Cook on a wood stove
  • Learn beekeeping
  • Raise chickens, goats, and pigs
  • Create natural skincare products
  • Make organic bug spray
  • Treat your family with homemade remedies
  • Make fruit leather
  • Forage for wild food
  • Spin wool into yarn
  • Mill your own flour 
  • Tap a maple tree

And more!

Basic, thorough, and reliable, this spiral bound book deserves a place in urban and rural homes alike.

This spiral bound book would be the perfect gift for the farmers in your life. When searching for the best DIY book, The Encyclopedia of Country Living is a great choice. The spiral bound version of The Encyclopedia of Country Living is great for those who really use and abuse their books. Our proprietary binding helps you lay this title flat for easier reading and handling. If you’re looking for DIY books then the spiral bound version of The Encyclopedia of Country Living is the way to go.

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I bought this as a Christmas 2023 gift for my granddaughter. She's all about growing things and foraging. She has Ducks and is considering beekeeping as well. Last year she made a monarch nursery and she and her 3 kids watched their life cycle up close and personal! I leafed through the book, and I'm sure she'll love it! Especially that great Spiral binding!

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