Some of my favorite Homesteading Books
Last night after my T-post adventure yesterday I went to look up something about fencing for animals and realized how many books on homesteading I had that I hadn't looked at in what seems like forever. I took a couple to read in bed last night...at least thumb through before I drifted off. I had forgotten about some of them and was pleasantly reminded of how much information I had at my fingertips.
I've got tons of gardening books because of my career in horticulture but these are homesteading, animal and cheesemaking books.
Of the books above my favorite for inspiration is the Paul Heiney "Country Life".
Sheep, Goats, Cattle and Pigs by Carol Ekarius is great for learning breeds of farm animals.
Homemade is a favorite for simple things to build around the homestead but if your already handy building it may be too simple. It was perfect for me when I was starting out. I have a How to raise Goats that isn't in that stack but it's great too. It's like the How to Raise Poultry and How to Raise Pigs that are in the stack and by the same publisher. It also had some good pictures of thing I wanted to build in it. The Chicken Health Handbook was a help with sick or injured chickens on occasion. How to Build Animal Housing and Chicken Coops were both fun to look at and maybe someday....
The Goats Produce Too! is one of my favorite beginner cheesemaking books. I started out with the book by Rikki Carroll but found this to be more beginner friendly.
I pulled some of my old Mother Earth News, Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home magazines out too along with the random copies of Backyard Poultry, Dairy Goat Journals, Grit and Mary Janes Farm.
Magazines are always a source of inspiration to me. Being a visual type the pictures give me so many idea's of things I want to do or could do around here. The lot will stay in a pile by my chair to thumb through for the next few months whenever I have time. I frequent our library regularly too and am able to check out many there as well.
So what's on your homesteading library shelf. I would love to hear about your favorite books so please share.