Fifty Free eBooks on Homesteading

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Learn tried-and-true methods of building and maintaining your small farm or homestead from these free ebooks on homesteading created from historic U.S. Department of Agriculture books and bulletins.

The University of North Texas provides online editions of thousands of United States government-sponsored books and documents. Here’s a small sampling of USDA publications from the 1930s through the 1960s. These old works do not show the latest and best methods, but they are still valuable for ideas.

5 Responses to Fifty Free eBooks on Homesteading

  1. Anon says:

    very cool. will look forward to reading some of these.

    Thank you.

  2. Rua Lupa says:

    There are a number of these books that are outdated for what we know to be ways of working with the ecosystem for better production. Like chop and drop weeds, don’t pull them out —

    Water shouldn’t be drained but managed to slowly zig-zag across the property to soak and store for the dryer times of year, and mound up your growing plants without tilling — Also can have dam systems along the route that can be piped to gravity feed you water systems.

    In general no-till, polycultural and perennial is better for the soil ecosystem — being less work in the long term and maximizes production.

    Livestock can be integrated within this system via paddock rotation around the property (not staying too long in one place which is detrimental to the soil ecosystem).

    Go for a rocket mass heater instead of an open fire place for efficiency and only CO2 and water vapor exhausted. Not to mention having a more efficient overall home design so the need for heating and other external input is minimal.

    This and more is known to be better for both the homesteader and the land they care for.

  3. D. Walker says:

    That photo of a gothic home with bay window, is an early pic of the B Street House in Virgina City, Nevada. It has been lovingly restored to an operating B & B.

  4. Jay C. White Cloud says:

    Great reading, but VERY outdated, and not “how to” guides of “good practice,” in many of the methods shown. I think this is a great list, and everyone should look at it as an example of “turn of the century” and “start” of many “not so good” building practices, or at least, not well defined and understood practices…

    Not for the novice or “new” DIYer…

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