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Well there is an old homesteading book I have been looking for that i didn't know the name of. Someone on the old Countryside list suggested it might be a John Seymore book. I just ordered the one that I thought might be the one, but though it cost me nearly $30(This by the way was a great deal. I have seen the book going for $60 in other places.), it is not the right book. The book I am looking for was in 10 x 11 format. What made the book so absolutely fantastic was that it had wonderful drawings of how to arrange a homestead on various small acreages. This guy was also big on draft animals, one animal following another for harvest, intensive gardening, and many other things. I am glad I bought the Seymore book, which is by the way, "Farming for Self-Sufficiency Independence on a 5 acre Farm" by John and Sally Seymore 1973. It does have very good information. It is just not the one.

Little Bit Farm

-- Little Bit Farm (, July 24, 2003


John Seymour Books are available used and cheaper (if your not in a hurry) at and or

Which book were you looking for? I have a bunch of his stuff and enjoy his writing style. Get me a title and maybe I can help you find a cheap copy of it. I have gotten better at finding books in the last few years. I use the wish list option at abe and and set the parameters to the price I can afford. It takes a while sometimes.

-- John in S. IN (, July 24, 2003.

The book you are describing is John Seymour The Guide to Self Sufficiency. ISBN 0-910990-66-2

It has 1 acre and 5 acre farms. I found my copy at the library sale for $1 :>) 256 pages of good info. Im using the brickmaking section to build a barbeque from at hand materials.

-- Jay Blair in N. AL (, August 04, 2003.

Thank you Jay! I will look it up. I am impressed with the one that i bought, but really want the other one too. I just wish seymore books weren't so expensive. However, I am finding they are certainly worth it.

Little Bit Farm

-- Little bit Farm (, August 04, 2003.

This doesn't sound like the book you were looking for, but "The Self- Sufficient Gardener" is another good book of John Seymore's. It is in the large format though.

-- Terry - NW Ohio (, August 18, 2003.

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