The Llano Estacado had its first taste of icy temperature of the season a few weeks ago. It was a reminder that winter will be here before we know it. As we begin to gear up for the winter season, it is a great time to catch up on reading books that provide valuable information about growing and raising your own food. We would like to share a few of our favorites with you, but we hope that you’ll chime in on the comments section of this post as well!
Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens is considered a long-standing source in raising chickens of your own. Storey’s will help you identify which breed you want to raise, how to build their coop, and what kind of care they will need. The guide has also branched out to cover several different kinds of poultry, if you’d like to learn more about ducks, turkeys, etc.
Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web is a great resource for learning about the microbiology soil, how organic gardening works, and why microbes could be your garden’s best friend.
Companion planting has been used for generations to help cultivate the healthiest, best tasting produce possible. Carrots Love Tomatoes will teach you much about which plants grow well together, which help to nourish the soil, and which plants don’t seem to like one another at all.
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is an invaluable resource that you will consult again and again. It provides a reference point for specifics about different types of produce, from how to grow and when to harvest to much more.
We’ve touched somewhat on the technique of Aquaponic Gardening. This book is one of the most recommended resources on the subject.
Not to be forgotten is the almanac, a time-tested resource for practical information, such as weather patterns, precipitation amounts, and more. We saw many predictions in the 2014 Almanac come true this past year.
Nourishing Traditions is a textbook disguised as a cookbook. It will challenge almost everything you have ever learned about food, and bring you back to the way our grandparents ate. It is a great read for anyone to learning more about food and its affect upon us.
Farmer, author, entrepreneur, and speaker Joel Salatin has proven to be a resource worthy of listening to time and time again. He has authored a wide range of books sure to capture your attention and ignite your passion for living off this land we call home.
If you would prefer to read a magazine as opposed to a book, Mother Earth News is a treat to receive in your mailbox. Each edition is full of rich, inspiring information about raising your own food, living sustainably, learning how to cook and prepare the food you raise, and making your own medicines and natural remedies.
We would love to hear more from you about your favorite books on living sustainably and raising your own food. What would you add to this list?