Your Home Library - Books, Resources and Ideas
Here you will find books for your home library. We believe in books. They are treasured friends, loyal companions, wise counselors, and our greatest teachers. In books we discover and dream on ideas. We preserve the past, and create the foundation from which we can pursue the possibilities of the future. Insightful. Engaging. Contemplative. Adventurous. Books challenge our minds, inspire our imaginations, and transform us through personal growth. We develop perspectives, and points of view. We learn new skills and improve old ones. Books make it possible for us to share all of this, and the journey of life with one another in the present, and across generations through time. Read more…
Edible Flowers – 10 Fun and Fabulous Books for Your Personal Library Collection By Annie St. Francis Edible flowers include citrus blossom, clover, daisies, dandelions, hibiscus and honeysuckle.
Grow Your Own Salad Greens – and 9 Books with Recipes to Top Your Salad Plates with Sensational Salad Dressings
Grow Your Own Salad Greens – and 9 Books with Recipes to Top Your Salad Plates with Sensational Salad Dressings By Annie St. Francis Grow your own salad
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All the joys of country living, homesteading, the rural lifestyle, DIY projects, and home care and keeping. Discover the quiet peace of rural living. Slow the pace of daily activities. Enjoy fresh air, the space to stretch out, and the beauty of star filled skies at night.
Learn to grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables in open air gardens and raised beds. Develop ideas for your greenhouse design and strategies for greenhouse growing. Explore the science and systems of hydroponics. Experience the joy of producing homegrown food.
Small family farms and ranches are an important feature of the agricultural landscape in America and around the world. From hen houses and chickens to bee keeping, dairy farming, and small scale ranching, the possibilities of a traditional family farm in the modern age abound.
Efficient and scalable, aquaponics combines the benefits of raising fish in parallel with fruits and vegetables. Combine the best of hydroponics and aquaculture, and develop the strategies that produce successful organic results with small scale systems.
The smell of freshly baked artisan bread. Fresh cheese. Garden grown herbs and cooking with culinary mushrooms. The celebration of ice cream across an invincible summer. There is nothing quite like the delicious, nutritious meals we make in our home kitchens.
There is something truly special about the work of our hands, and the creation of practical pieces and decorative niceties for our homes, and as gifts to family, neighbors, and friends. Learn to knit or crochet, felt, weave, spin, and dye fabrics. Discover the beautiful traditions of quilting. Create belts, wallets and handbags in leather work and leather crafting. Make your own scented candles and soaps.
Solar, wind, geothermal and micro-hydroelectric systems. Supplement your grid-based utilities, design back-up systems for those times when the power goes down, or live off-the-grid. Understand the systems that support all the practical (and life-sustaining) needs of modern life, and optimize the technologies best suited to your home and needs for day-to-day comfort and for emergency use.
Amateur radio is a great way to connect with people around the world. HAM radio and Morse Code also provide for two-way communications that can endure and survive natural disasters. Radio offers, as well, technology options for emergency communications in the event of kinetic war or an act of terrorism. Learn about short wave stations, and communications along GMRS, FRS, MURS and CB lines.
Camping, fishing, and other outdoor recreation is a national pastime in the United States and around the world. Learn to fish, cook camp-style, hike and forage for food, to tie knots, set up tents and build shelters, maintain campfires safely, and to administer first aid. Celebrate safely the beauty of forests, beaches, the mountains, and the plains. Enjoy the beauty and wonder of the natural world all around you.
Having good home security in place and practiced personal defense skills is reassuring, confidence building, and protective. None among us hopes we’ll ever face a situation requiring home security measures or personal defense skills. It’s also true that just one tragic and violent event can be forever life-changing. Learn about crime prevention, to make reasoned risk assessments when faced with a dangerous situation, and to defend yourself and your loved ones.
Pandemics and contagions. Natural events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires and floods. Acts of terrorism, biological, kinetic or nuclear war. Cycles of the earth and the universe in which we live including solar weather and EMP events, solar excursions, the Grand Solar Minimum, and Ice Age Survival. Survival skills, a comprehensive survival strategy, and an understanding of survival psychology are fundamental to success in a time of true catastrophe.
Music celebrates life. It’s part of every culture, and is an especially important aspect of homestead living and rural communities. There is nothing quite like the beautiful sound of strings from a country home’s porch looking out to the mountains, or the gathering of neighbors for the fun of an open air contra barn dance. The selections here include mountain folk music, contra dance tunes, and Gospel hymns. You’ll find music for the violin and fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, and banjo.
The study of maps and cartography help us to understand the world in which we live, and the world beyond what we can see around us. They help us understand events of the past, allow us to navigate in the present, and facilitate planning for the future. Maps help us learn about the spatial relationships of important features on planet earth including bodies of navigable water, mountain ranges, plateaus, piedmonts, and great plains. We have learned to map the features of our oceans, the peaks of our mountains, and even our caves.
People like puzzles. They’re filled with curiosity, challenge, and fun. We can enjoy puzzles by ourselves, with a family member or friend, as part of an office place activity, while we travel, or as we sit in a waiting room. Puzzles are also seen in the setting of a true competition, and come in many forms, and in varying levels of difficulty. They’re great for people of all ages, and skill levels too.