We have a library in our home of many books covering a wide range of topics which we have found useful for our everyday life here on our farm and for future planning. Many of the educational materials resourced here are in our library. Also included are links to useful websites/videos, some of the books, etc. The links are in red. This resource information is also contained in the Cow Protection Book. For additional educational information go to Publications.
Basic Training of Oxen with Drew Conroy of Tillers International, voice commands
From Butler Publishing, PO Box 1390, La Porte CO 80535 (phone
1-800-728-3826 or 970-221-2834; fax 970-482-8621) [Dr. Doug Butler is a
certified journeyman farrier (one who cares for animal hooves).]
Advanced Training of Oxen;
Cattle Hoof Care.
Buying and Setting Up Your Small Farm or Ranch
By Lynn R. Miller
This new illustrated book offers some uniquely modern and helpful information geared towards assisting people to “land”- a new small farm operation of their own. Beginning with the “what fors”- and “where fors”-, and walking carefully through the pitfalls and challenges of the looking and buying process, this book could save the prospective farm buyer time,money, and headache. If you are dreaming of a small “working place”- in the country where you can grow your own food, and some to sell, this book will help mold your dreams into a working plan of action. If you’re into the process of trying to buy a farm and stymied by all the gibberish and form sand sales people. This book should even the odds for you.
An added attraction of this text are the chapters dealing with the peculiar and specific needs of a farm that is to be operated by animal power (whether as sole power source or in tandem with tractors).
Fear Not to Sow Because of the Birds
by Paul Keene
Publisher: Globe Pequot Pr
Pub. Date: December, 1988
Essays on Country Living and Natural Farming from Walnut Acres
by Paul Keene, Dorothy Z. Seymour, Dorothy Jane Mills
Inspired by his experiences in India and his conversations with Mahatma Gandhi, Keene began Walnut Acres-one of the first and most successful organic farms in the USA. This book is about living life according to simple, natural, and basic principles, as land stewardship, and finding great joy in it.
The Home Water Supply
(How to Find, Filter, Store, and Conserve it)
by Stu Campbell
Alpine Press, USA, 1986, Third Edition
Stu Campbell provides concrete and money-saving answers to questions that range from locating water to digging a pond to hooking up the plumbing in your home. You’ll know when to try something yourself, when to call a plumber or other expert.
- How to find water
- How to move it
- How to purify it
- And how to store and distribute it in your home
Speaking About Varnasrama, Srila Prabhupada on Varnasrama and Farm Community Development
Compiled by Hare Krishna devi dasi
Editor: Suresvara das
ISBN 0-89312-316-3 (Volume 1)
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
P.O. Box 255, Sandy Ridge, NC, 27046, USA
PH# 336-871-3636, [email protected]
Srila Prabhupada presents a vision of a spiritual society. Citing Bhagavad-gita, he advocates Varnasrama dharma, a social institution in which people gain spiritual satisfaction and spiritual advancement by doing their daily work as an offering to God.
A Log builder’s Handbook
By Drew Langsner
Available from Rodale Press
ISBN 0-87857-416-6 hardcover
ISBN 0-87857-419-0 paperback
This book is a thorough how-to manual filled with clear instructions and sound advice.
Bhartiya Vastu Gyan
Pgs. 176 (1996)
By Pt. Jagdish Prasäd Sharma
Explains the principles behind vastu architecture and is fully illustrated with house plans.
Serious Straw Bale, A Home Construction Guide for all Climates
By Paul Lacinski and Michel Bergeron
Available from Chelsea Green Publishing
A superior resource, covering so much ground that no other straw bale book does, with clarity and wit. An excellent, vital addition to the thinking person’s literature of straw bale. (Mark Piepkorn, The Last Straw)
Edited By Lloyd Kahn
Shelter Publications, P.O. Box 279, Bolinas, CA. 94924USA
Ph# 415-868-0280, Fax# 415-868-9050
E-mail:[email protected], orders:[email protected], catalog:
With over 1000 photographs, Shelter is a classic celebrating the imagination, resourcefulness, and exuberance of human habitat. First published in 1973, it is not only a record of the counter-cultural builders of the ’60s, but also of buildings all over the world. There is a history of shelter and the evolution of building types. Tents, yurts, timber buildings, barns, small homes, domes, etc. There is a section on building materials, including heavy timber construction and stud framing, as well as stone, straw bale construction, adobe, plaster and bamboo. There are interviews with builders and tips on recycled materials and wrecking.
The Natural House Book
By David Pearson
A Gaia Original
Published by Simon and Schuster/Fireside
ISBN 0-671-66635-5 (pbk)
Provides both inspiration and easy, practical suggestions for using toxin-free materials, improving air and water quality, saving energy, and designing or adapting every room for holistic living-toxin-free, elegantly simple, environmental benign, and nourishing to the body, mind, and spirit.
The Straw Bale House
by Athena Swentzell Steen, Bill Steen, David Bainbridge, with David Eisenberg
Describes the many benefits of building with straw bales:
1) Super insulation with R-values as high as R-50
2) good indoors air quality and noise reduction
3) speedy construction process (walls can be erected in a single weekend)
4) construction costs can be as little as $10 per square foot (depending on owner involvement)
5) use of natural and abundant renewable resource can be grown sustainably in one season
6) a better solution than burning agricultural waste straw, which creates tons of air pollutants
Vastushastra and the 21st Century
Pages. 95 ( 1996)
by Bharat Gandhi
Vastushastra deals with architecture at the material and psychological levels. Examines how much the concept is valuable in our times and delves thereby deeply into the reasoning behind the ancient genre of architecture.
The Last Straw, The International Journal of Straw Bale and Natural Living
Last Straw Production Team, HC 66 Box 119, Hillsboro NM88042 USA
PH: 505-895-5400, FAX: 505-895-3326
This journal is an information-sharing forum created for and by many individuals involved with and interested in straw-bale construction.
By The Foxfire Fund, Inc.
Post Office Box 541
Mountain City, GA 30562-0541
PH# (706) 746-5828, FAX: (706) 746-5829 [email protected], www.foxfire.org
A series of books recording the lives and practical skills of the “old timers”- of the Appalachian mountains. Such topics as: log cabin building, mountain crafts, spinning and weaving, wagon making, midwifing, corn shucking’, wild plant foods, butter churns, ginseng, spring houses, sassafras tea, berry buckets, gardening, iron making, blacksmithing, a water-powered sawmill and other fascinating topics.
The Forgotten Crafts, A practical guide to traditional skills
by John Seymour
Distributed by Outlook BOOK Company, a Random House Company, 225 Park Avenue South, New York, new York, 10003,
Published by Portland House
Making wagon wheels, barrels, rakes…building walls of mud brick or sod… laying hedges… spinning and weaving… burning charcoal – these and dozens of other traditional crafts were once part of everyday life. Today they are on the edge of extinction. This book shows and describes in fascinating detail just how they were done.
The Lore of the Land
by James Seymour
Skills in humane land care.
Stocking Up III
by Carol Hupping and Rodale Press
Available from Rodale Press
ISBN 0-87596-613-4 Hardcover
Preserving your own food is not only fun and delicious – it’s also cheaper and healthier, too! You’ll love these hints, tips and step-by-step instructions for freezing, canning, drying and storing just about every food imaginable. Plus hundreds of simple recipes so you can make your own jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, cheeses, ice cream, beverages, breads, and more!!