Gabba’s Bookshelf

I started collecting and reading How-to-be-a farmer type books years ago. Some of them were immediately retired to the bookshelf, while others became well-worn reference guides. Even when we were still living “in town,” I was determined to be ready if and when this dream ever became reality. As I write about the things we’ve done, I will add the books or goodies that helped us along. All items can be found at my Amazon store at the following link. Enjoy!


The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!Put your backyard to work! Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it’s done. And when the harvest is in, you’ll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor.From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: Choose the Best Breeds for Small-Space Farming, Produce Your Own Grass-Fed Meat, Gather Fresh ... Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cattle, & BeesImagine a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon, and honey from your own chickens, pigs, and bees. Or a holiday meal with your own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction. With The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals, even urban and suburban residents can successfully raise chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, goats, sheep, cows, pigs, and honey bees. It’s easier than you think, and it can be done on small plots of land. This essential guide covers everything from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs, and meat. Whether you want to be more self-sufficient, save money, or just enjoy safer, healthier, more delicious animal products, you’ll find all the information you need in The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals.

The Scrounged HomesteadDo you enjoy homesteading but hate the cost of the tools, equipment and supplies necessary to keep the homestead running efficiently? Do you pine for days gone by and stories from your grandparents about using and reusing things until they wore out? Do you lament the environmental damage done to our planet and want to do something about it? The Scrounged Homestead is a cradle to grave book about taking things people consider trash and using it to build the best homesteading equipment. Learn how to find these materials, how to secure a source and then how to turn them into treasured tools for a better homestead.

Concise Guide to Self-SufficiencyTeaching all the skills needed to live independently in harmony with the land, from harnessing natural forms of energy and raising crops to keeping livestock and preserving foodstuffs, this new format of John Seymour’s classic is still the most practical guide for realists and dreamers alike.

 Practical how-to advice for raising chickens in virtually any backyard!

Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular–and growing–pastime. And Raising Chickens For Dummies provides an up-to-date, thorough introduction to all aspects of caring for chickens, including choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing, and proper feeding. Raising Chickens For Dummies provides authoritative, detailed information to make raising chickens for eggs, meat, or backyard entertainment that much easier.

Granite Ware 0719-1 Enamel-on-Steel Canning Kit with Blancher, 12-PieceThis 12-piece canning kit provides all the essential pieces needed for canning at home.

What’s in the Box:

  • 21-quart canner and lid.
  • Chrome jar rack that can hold up to 7 1-quart jars (jars not included).
  • 9-inch colander for washing and draining foods.
  • 7-1/2-quart blancher pot and lid with drainer insert for preparing produce to store in the freezer or for cold-pack canning.
  • 5 pc tool set: a lid wrench that easily opens screw-on jar caps; a funnel that fits both regular and wide-mouth jars; a pair of tongs, a jar lifter, and a magnetic lid lifter to safely remove hot jars and lids after they’ve been sterilized in boiling water. All tools come with coated ends for secure grip.

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