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The self-sufficiency specialist : the essential guide to designing and planning for off-grid self-reliance / A. & G. Bridgewater.

By: Bridgewater, Alan.
Contributor(s): Bridgewater, Gill.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Specialist series: Publisher: London : New Holland, 2007Description: 80 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781845379254 (pbk.); 184537925X (pbk.).Subject(s): Self-reliant living | Farms, Small | Alternative lifestyles | Organic farming | Home economics, RuralDDC classification: 640
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

With frequent warnings about water and energy shortages, and the potential dangers of pesticides and genetically modified foods, many people nurture a dream of living a self-sufficient lifestyle. With these people in mind, this comprehensive yet easy-to-read book examines what it truly takes to live off the fat of the land. Authors Alan and Gill Bridgewater, who themselves recently moved to a smallholding, answer all the fundamental questions that anyone considering a similar lifestyle shift might ask; from the best way to warm your home off the grid to the time and effort that go into growing your own food and raising your own animals. The book even goes so far as to describe quirkier aspects of the lifestyle, with detailed descriptions of how to make soap and candles. Both the most fulfilling aspects and the hard graft of self-sufficient living are revealed in full. Packed with informative illustrations and diagrams, and a wealth of useful advice, The Self-Sufficiency Specialist is the perfect guide for prospective 21st-century smallholders.

Includes index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Author's foreword (p. 2)
  • Getting Started
  • What is self-sufficiency? (p. 3)
  • The benefits of self-sufficiency (p. 4)
  • Considering your options (p. 6)
  • A place in the town (p. 8)
  • A place in the country (p. 10)
  • The Self-Sufficient Set-Up
  • The self-sufficient town house (p. 12)
  • The self-sufficient village cottage (p. 14)
  • The self-sufficient smallholding (p. 16)
  • Off-grid water (p. 18)
  • Recycling water (p. 20)
  • Cookers and stoves (p. 22)
  • Solar collectors and Trombe walls (p. 24)
  • Solar or photovoltaic cells (p. 26)
  • Wind turbines (p. 28)
  • Geothermal heating (p. 30)
  • Water or hydro turbines (p. 32)
  • Inverters and batteries (p. 33)
  • Super-insulating your home (p. 34)
  • Recycling your household waste (p. 36)
  • Growing organic vegetables (p. 38)
  • Growing organic fruit (p. 40)
  • Growing herbs (p. 42)
  • Keeping Animals
  • Keeping chickens (p. 44)
  • Keeping ducks (p. 46)
  • Keeping geese (p. 48)
  • Keeping goats (p. 50)
  • Keeping sheep (p. 52)
  • Keeping a cow (p. 54)
  • Keeping pigs (p. 56)
  • Keeping bees (p. 58)
  • Using Your Produce
  • Storing food (p. 60)
  • Making jam (p. 62)
  • Making chutney (p. 64)
  • Drying food (p. 66)
  • Smoking food (p. 68)
  • Making beer (p. 70)
  • Making cider (p. 72)
  • Making wine (p. 74)
  • Making vegetarian soap (p. 76)
  • Making candles (p. 77)
  • Glossary (p. 78)
  • Index (p. 79)