The following is a list of our favorite reference books and websites.  We have used them to get to this point.  If you have any suggestions please let us know and we can see about adding them to our library.

Gardening Books

1,001 Old-Time Garden Tips: Timeless Bits of Wisdom on How to Grow Everything Organically, from the Good Old Days When Everyone Did by Roger Yepsen
The Garden Problem Solver (The Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide For Successful Gardening) The Garden Problem Solver: The Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Successful Gardening
by The Reader’s Digest
Grow Your Own Veg (Rhs)
by Carol Klein
Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers
by Edward Smith
The New Self-Sufficient Gardener by John Seymour
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible (10th Anniversary Edition)by Edward Smith
Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardenersby Suzanne Ashworth

Wild Edible Books

Edible Wild Plants: The Complete, Authoritative Guide to Identification and Preparation of North American Edible Wild Plants Edible Wild Plants: The Complete, Authoritative Guide to Identification and Preparation of North American Edible Wild Plants
by Oliver Perry Medsger
Stalking the Wild Asparagus
by Euell Gibbons
Wild Edibles of MissouriWild Edibles of Missouri Wild Edibles of Missouri 

by Jan Phillips

Self-Sustainability and Survival Books

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It
by John Seymour
Forgotten Arts and Crafts by John Seymour

Herbs and Natural Medicine Books

The Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices: The Ultimate Guide to Herbs and Spices, with Over 200 Recipesby Andi Clevely, Katherine Richmond, Sallie Morris and Lesley Mackley
The Herb and Spice Companion
by Marcus Webb and Richard Craze
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements
by Phyllis Balch and James Balch

Canning and Preservation Books

Ball Complete Book of Home PreservingCanning & Preserving Books)
edited by Judi Kingry and Lauren Devine
The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying and Pickling Fruits and VegetablesCanning & Preserving Books)
by Carol Costenbader

Cook Books (our favorites)

Betty Crocker Cookbook (Bridal Edition) (Betty Crocker Books)
The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook: A Master Baker’s 300 Favorite Recipes for Perfect-Every-Time Bread-From Every Kind of Machine (Non)by Beth Hensperger
The Medieval Kitchen: Recipes from France and Italy
by Odile Redon, Francoise Sabban, & Silvano Serventi
Tom Fitzmorris’s New Orleans Food: More than 225 of the City’s Best Recipes to Cook at Home (New Orleans Cooking) 

by Tom Fitzmorris


Useful Websites


Back Yard Chickens – A great resource for raising chickens in your backyard.

Gardening and Wild Plants

Dave’s Garden – A handy resource with photos, descriptions and information about most garden plants.

Weed Identification Guide – An alphabetical list of weeds commonly found in Missouri (many found throughout US) with images


American Renewable Energy – A streaming video channel on self-sustainability and alternative energy.

Missouri Renewable Energy – A website with useful information on self-sustainability and alternative solutions for cooking, fuel and energy.

Tilapia Farming

Tilapia Farming At Home – a useful guide for legal issues surrounding raising tilapia.  Links to state information.

S&S Aqua Farms – An interesting biponics set up for farming tilapia and growing plants.

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