Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2008, 2012 by Carla Emery40th anniversary editionIllustrations on pages 10, 17, 31, 67, 76, 85, 86...
Contents    Cover    Title Page    Copyright    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS    WHAT THIS BOOK IS    WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR    ABOUT THE ...
ACKNOWLEDGMENTSSo many people have helped me during the years I’ve been working on this book, I can’t begin tolist everyon...
Did a washing, mopped the floors,  Washed the windows and did some chores.  Cooked a dish of home-dried fruit,  Pressed he...
Where ill thoughts die and good are born—  Out in the fields with God.                       —Author Unknown              ...
WHAT THIS BOOK ISThis book has been written—and rewritten—over a span of 32 years. Like a geologicaldeposit, it has layers...
people wrote to me with corrections, or with more information, or with important questionsI hadn’t answered. The book grew...
WHO THIS BOOK IS FORThis book is written for everyone. I kid you not. It’s interesting reading, a valuablereference, and a...
who have moved from “modern” living to the bush and are having to learn from-scratchcooking. I’ve tried hard to make this ...
ABOUT THE TIME TRAVELING IN THIS BOOKThe contents have gradually accumulated over 32 years (to date), expanding from all p...
CHAPTER ONE                Oddments                 LETTERS TO CARLA             CHOOSING AND BUYING LAND               AN...
METRIC EQUIVALENTS                                      ODDMENTS CONTENTSINTRODUCTIONMAKING THE MOVELETTERS TO CARLA  Book...
Homestead Book or Video Dealers  Magazines and Newsletters  Foreign Magazines and Book DealersLOOKING FOR LOVE?MAIL-ORDER ...
What to Do If You Must Deliver a Baby All AloneHOW TO CARE FOR YOUR DEAD  More InformationBACKWOODS HOUSEKEEPING  Keeping ...
How to Buy at Auction    A 10-Step Plan to Straighten Out Your Finances    Lee’s WisdomHEALTH MATTERSLYME DISEASE  Where I...
feed you. When you plant seeds, you make a promise that you will be there to care for theplants as they grow. You will spr...
At least some of the orchard crop usually gets attacked by some combination of animalsand disease. This year [1971] the ro...
We’d like to pay ourselves back by selling farm products, but it’s hard to make a pro t.Seems like farmers are the only pe...
and other equipment from sale of stock in our machine shop so we have enjoyed a verybusy, but happy year.”  Barbara Ingram...
here are some habits I have that help me accomplish what I do.  1. Don’t discuss the obvious.  2. Don’t own a television. ...
hard way to make a living. We farm 314 acres of corn and soybeans and farrow to nishabout 1,000 hogs a year. I work as a s...
the same agony in reverse when a city native emigrates to a rural area.   The problem I hear about most often from isolate...
well-researched book for prospective buyers of rural property is its many maps: weathermaps, sociology maps, pollution map...
THE HOMESTEADER TYPE: Who are these people? I’ve been getting to know them for nearly 25years now by reading their wonderf...
boar pigs also.”   Meredith Richard wrote from London, UK, “There’s a sack of wheat in my kitchen. In this  rst- oor at in...
Once you have commenced earning a living there, you can gradually, and moreknowledgeably, shop for land while you rent.But...
HOW MUCH LAND? A reader named Tom wrote and asked me, “How much land do you need fora few cows, hogs, chickens, ducks, etc...
soils. But much depends on the skill of the gardener: the one before you, and the one youare. There are people who have ma...
through that person, or you could look at properties with several of them. There is never acharge for you to be shown prop...
think you could pay, unless the owner is taking sealed bids. Make it for the smallest amountdown and the smallest total pr...
offer some insights.”Agent Services for the Seller. “The agent earns his or her money from the seller byscreening potentia...
you feel comfortable. But be aware that some of them will ‘grab on’ like bulldogs if theydecide you’re a serious buyer, an...
For lots more info on doing your own setup of a country water system, read Cottage WaterSystems: An Out-of-the-City Guide ...
home from farm from school and church and shopping mall. A century ago, before theautomobile, cities were much smaller, an...
Home-Based Business. You may have an idea for starting a business at home, but thezoning for your area may not permit that...
of bedrock, possible use of land for farming or forestry, and suitability of soil for septic    system. 2. Ask the agent o...
enough money for the down payment. It’s best if you have this saved up. The bank probablywon’t loan you any money unless y...
on is a spiritual responsibility. With privilege comes responsibility!   We all have to become political activists, ghting...
but keep it beating with a happy blooming heart.  Each bit of soil, which God had surely blessed,  would be a cozy home fo...
Government ResourcesYOUR COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT: There is a county agent in every county in the country, even veryurban on...
ag colleges have terri c programs for homesteaders, especially the University of Michiganat Kalamazoo, whose Tillers Inter...
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