Book Review: The Self Sufficiency Specialist

Posted by Angela Diaz on December 1, 2013 at 6:55 PM

     One of the recent books I checked out from the library was The Self Sufficiency Specialist. 


     This book was really enjoyable and a quick read.  This book was basically about how to live sustainably using natural energy sources and homesteading.  What I loved about this book is that it wasn't super in-depth with technical details.  This book was a way to prompt one's thinking about different possibilities.  I really liked that this book understands that not everyone has a few acres of land in the country available for homesteading, but you still have options even in an urban neighborhood.  Some of what I do is labeled "urban homesteading".  Basically, I do the best I can with my urban land to live as sustainably as possible by growing and preserving some of my own food, harvesting and using rain water, re-purposing old things, etc. 

     One of my dreams is to purchase a small patch of land of about 3 acres and establishing a homestead off-grid, but that dream is at least ten years away.  This book triggered some ideas about setting up a solar water heater outside of my current home, a small wind turbine for some electrical use that can attach to my home, and finding more ways I can "put up" or preserve more food from my harvests for use in the winter. 

     I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn a little about sustainable living and/or homesteading without having to read a manual on setting up solar panels or how to slaughter and process a pig. This glossy-paged book is loaded with color pictures and drawings on each page which really helped me visualize what the author was describing. 

Categories: Sustainability/Money/Frugal Living, Books, Old-Fashioned Ways

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