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The Self-Sufficiency Handbook

by Alan Bridgewater, Gill Bridgewater


This comprehensive book examines what it truly takes to live off the fat of the land. Authors and smallholders Alan and Gill Bridgewater answer all the questions that people considering a similar lifestyle shift might ask. From warming a home off the grid to raising animals, the fine print of self-sufficient living is revealed in full.

As consumers become ever eco-conscious, many people nurture a dream of living a 'self-sufficient' lifestyle. "The Self-Sufficiency Handbook" provides an introduction to the possibilities and methods involved in setting up the different aspects of a greener way of living. Authors Alan and Gill Bridgewater recently moved to a smallholding, so they are well-positioned to answer all the fundamental questions that anyone considering a similar lifestyle shift might ask. Subjects covered in the book include: the self-sufficient house, the organic food garden, animal husbandry and the pantry. The book runs the full ecological gamut, from geothermal heating through to crop rotation and making your own soap. It emphasises the positive aspects of adapting to a self-sufficient lifestyle, such as cutting living costs and eating well, and the sheer fun of rolling your sleeves up to get things going. Packed with informative illustrations and diagrams, and a wealth of useful advice, "The Self-Sufficiency Handbook" is the perfect guide for the increasing number of people who are keen to join the green revolution.

About the Author

Alan and Gill Bridgewater have gained an international reputation as producers of highly successful gardening and DIY books on a range of subjects, including garden design, ponds and patios, stone and brickwork, decks and decking, and household woodworking. They have also contributed to several international magazines. Alan and Gill live in Rye, East Sussex.

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