These are books that have really influenced my way of thinking about gardening, country life, and self-sufficiency…

“…the farmer who tries to control weeds by cultivating the soil is, quite literally, sowing the se..eds of his own misfortune.” -Masanobu Fukuoka, “The One-Straw Revolution”

  “Have you ever wondered why a forest or meadow looks perfect and stays nearly disease free with no care at all, while a garden demands arduous hours of labor? …This happens because most gardens ignore nature’s rules.” -Toby Hemenway, Gaia’s Garden, a Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

“The path to success with intensive agriculture, as with any other endeavor, is through constantly expanding knowledge.”  Whether it’s acquired through reading or experience, author Brett L. Markham of Mini Farming, Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre says, in order to achieve your goals, “a constant input of new information” is priority number one for the self-sufficient farmer/gardener.

“The more you can provide for yourself – or do without – the better off you will be.” – Jerome D. Belanger, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Self-Sufficient Living

“Planting a garden is hope in action.” -Barbara Pleasant, Starter Vegetable Gardens – 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens


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