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There are many skills a person may learn and some they may master with a little help from others who have gone down that path before.


Open Source Ecology

The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS)

A Network of Farmers, Engineers, and Supporters Building the Global Village Construction Set

Preparedness Blogs

The Basic Life's Permanent Documentation Center!

Power generation


Missouri Wind and Solar, LLC.


Build it Solar

ScoraigWind Hugh Piggott's Homepage

Water for the Thirsty

Philosophy - Drills - Pumps & Water Lifting - Solar Pasteurization Chlorination - Free Plans - Training Video & Programs - Think Tank (R&D)

An Earthship

is a radically sustainable home made of recycled materials.

The City People's Book Of Raising Food.

Encyclopedia of country living Carla Emery

The complete book of self sufficiency by John Seymour

Gardening, Permaculture, Aquaponics, Etc.

Vegetable Gardening Encyclopedia With Special Herb Section

Gardening Without Irrigation - Dry Farming

Intensive Gardening For Profit And Self Sufficiency

Joy of Gardening

Indoor Gardening Secrets

1 MILLION pounds of Food on 3 acres. 10,000 fish 500 yards compost

Growing Power Urban Farm - Milwaukee, WI 10/09

Growing Fish in Greenhouses

Will Allen on Urban Food Gardening

Food Love: Growing Power (Part 1 of 3)

Food Love: Growing Power (Part 2 of 3)

Food Love: Growing Power (Part 3 of 3)

Wild Edibles - Nutrition & Medicine

Herbal Manual - Herbal Medicine 1936

Culpeper's The Complete Herbal

Edible And Medicinal Plants

Olive Leaf Extract

A New/Old Healing Bonanza for Mankind

by James R. Privitera, M.D.

See our Olive_leaves_and_tinctures page

Survival - How To Make Herbal Preparations

Edible Rooftop Gardening

Handbook of Herbs and Spices, Vol. 1 - K. Peter

Handbook of Herbs and Spices, Vol. 2 - K. Peter

Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses by Kains, M. G.

How-To Hydroponics - A HowTo Guide to Soilfree Gardening

Bill Mollison - Permaculture Design Course

Saving Your Own Vegetable Seeds

Organic Gardener's Composting by Steve Solomon

Growing & Curing Tobacco

Organic Tobacco Production

Grow Organic Potatoes

Home Composting Bins

Organic Insecticides For The Garden; Home & Garden


An Integrated Fish Culture Hydroponic Vegetable Production System

The One Straw Revolution _excellent (no tilling or plowing) permaculture

Food Preservation, Cooking, Curing, Canning, Etc.

Preserving Food: Drying Fruits And Vegetables - Nutrition

Complete Guide To Home Canning

Canning Meat, Wild Game, Poultry, & Fish Safely

Preparing And Canning Fermented Food And Pickled Vegetables

Every Step in Canning

Small-Scale Food Drying Technologies

Field Care Of Harvested Big Game

How To Build A Wood-Fired Oven & Start A Home Bakery

Solar Cookers - Natural Living

Earth-Friendly Cooking Technologies

Solar Distillation & Water Purification

Rain Water Harvesting

How To Make An Upesi Stove

Wood Conserving Cook Stoves - A Design Guide

How To Make Liquor With Fruit And Berries

Cheese Making Made Easy

Cheese Making

Canning Meat, Wild Game, Poultry, & Fish Safely

Heating, Energy and Fuel

Solar Water Heaters

Water as Fuel

Run Car on Water - stanley meyer resonant electrolysis cell system collection

Homemade Batteries [2003, 14 Pages]

Wind Energy Systems

Wood Burning Handbook

Oil Drum Stove For Cooking And Water Heating

Water Power For The Farm

Pumping Water For Irrigation Using Solar Energy

Generator Power For The Homestead

How To Make Biodiesel Fuel

Build Your Own Biogas Generator

Using A Biogas Digester


Small-Scale Chicken Production

The Homesteader's Handbook To Raising Small Livestock

A Poultry Mini-Manual

Small-Scale Freshwater Fish Farming

Poultry a Practical Guide _Very old, Very excellent comprehensive guide


Olive Leaf Extract

A New/Old Healing Bonanza for Mankind

by James R. Privitera, M.D.

See our Olive_leaves_and_tinctures page

Holistic & Alternative Medicine 101

Herbal/Medical Contraindications_ Using herbal remedies and pharma products: interactions

Herbal Formulas for Clinic and Home

First Aid Full Manual FM21-11

Where There is No Dentist - Murray Dickson

Where There Is No Doctor - A Village Health Care Handbook - David Werner

Wilderness Medicine Course

Healing Pets With Alternative Medicine

Physicians Desk Reference: Herbal Medicines

How To Treat and Heal Your Pet at Home?

One Mineral Can Help _Potassium Iodide

Ditch Medicine - Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies (1993)

Survival Manuals & Info

Compact Survival Kits

The Complete Outdoorsman's Handbook: A Guide to Outdoor Living and Wilderness Survival - PDF

SAS Survival Guide

Wilderness Survival (FM 21-76)

Nuclear War Survival Skills

USMC Winter Survival Course

US Marine Corps Summer Survival Course

Survival Attitude

Nuclear Contamination Avoidance

Kearny Homemade Fallout Meter

Survival - Personal Wilderness Medical Kit


Seven Survival Shelters That Could Save your life!

Building With Stone And Earth - Part 1

Building With Stone And Earth - Part 2

Barn Plans And Out-Buildings (1886)

How to build your own underground home

The Complete Book of Underground Houses _How To

The Manual of Free Energy Devices and Systems


The Complete Manual Of Pirate Radio

Crystal Radio Project

Field Antenna Handbook

Shortwave Radio _Build Your Own

A Handbook On Shortwave Radio And LEO Sattelite Communication

Shortwave 101 - How To Listen To World Radio

Shortwave Radio Networking When Phones Fail

The Foxfire Books are simply some of the best old time skills books around!

Foxfire One

Foxfire Two

Foxfire Three

Foxfire Four

The Foxfire Five

Water Well Manual

Windmill Construction Manual

Sharpening Small Tools

Farm Shop And Equipment This publication offers suggested assortment of tools, special tools, and how to keep and care for them.

Tools For Agriculture - A Guide To Appropriate Equipment Appropriate Equipment For Small Farms

Soapmaking - How To Make Soap

Village Technology Handbook

W.F. Vickery, Advanced Gunsmithing, 1940

Manual Of Bicycle Repair

The Formula Manual

Make your own recipes for almost everything other than food.

Land Clearing

Axe Manual of Peter McLaren

Crosscut Saw Manual

Basic Plumbing Skills

Basic Plumbing Course

Hoppe's Guide To Gun Care

Pistol Preventative Maintenance Guide

Emergency Sanitation At Home

Interesting DoD publication from 1958

Spinning With Simple Tools

Introduction To Spinning

Natural Dyeing Of Textiles

Handloom Construction

Blacksmithing Basics

Practical Blacksmithing 1891

Farm Blacksmithing 1921

Alternatives To Portland Cement

How To Make Candles

Candle Making

Personal tools