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One of the things I love most about this time of year is the extra time I have. No more gardening. Not many daily chores to do. What a wonderful time of year to rest, relax, sleep in and read. I read a lot during the winter and there’s nothing I like more than cozying up in front of the woodstove with a good book and a cup of tea.
When we first moved here, I bought quite a few books to learn more about providing for ourselves on our property. If you’re new to self sufficiency, whether you live in town or live in the suburbs, or on acreage, here is a great book to read. And check out the links on this site about how to grow your own food and raise your own meat?
Carla Emery was a remarkable woman, who made it her calling to spread the word about Homesteading and providing for yourself and your family. I have read The Encylopedia of Country Living, by Carla Emery from front to back and back to front many many times. It’s 871 pages full of information, I kid you not.
Here is just some of the information included in this amazing book:
- Introduction to Plants
- Grasses, Grains and Canes
- Garden Vegetables
- Herbs & Flavorings
- Tree, Vine, Bush & Bramble
- Food Preservation
- Introduction to Animals
- Goats, Cows & Home Dairying
- Bee, Rabbit, Sheep & Pig
Interwoven is Carla’s story – the story of her life, her marriage, motherhood, her frustrations and her dreams. By the time I finished reading this book for the first time, I felt I knew her personally. Her writing style is plain, simple and very easy to understand. Carla passed away a few years ago but her life and beautiful spirit live on through this book.
You can and should read the reviews of Carla’s Encyclopedia of Country Living. You won’t be disappointed. If you’re new to the idea of raising your own food and/or animals, you will learn a LOT from this book.
Carla’s book would make an excellent Christmas present for the wannabe gardener/small farmer in your life. Have a relative expressing interest and asking questions about country style living, even in the city? Anyone would appreciate this kind of thoughtful present for them.