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Sue Robishaw

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How-to  ~  Ideas  ~  Inspiration
 From more than thirty years having a good time living a sustainable life
in the northwoods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

When we were planning and building our homestead we spent many wonderful hours reading, searching, dreaming through the pages of such a variety of publications. There was no internet or YouTube or blog so these print sources were so important to us and something we appreciated beyond just the How-to. Print allows infinite megabytes of imagination space where you can insert yourself and your dreams and plans into the source without bothering anyone. And one day, to your surprise, you find those dreams in your reality!

Here are some of the books, magazines and sources we have found helpful and interesting. Unfortunately, not all of the publications are still in print. But you should be able to find copies in used book stores (brick and mortar or online) or libraries.


Living the Good Life, and Continuing the Good Life, by Helen and Scott Nearing. Schocken Books.

Farming for Self-Sufficiency; Independence on a 5-Acre Farm, by John Seymour. Schocken Books.

Other Homes and Garbage, Designs for self-sufficient living, by Jim Leckie/Gil Masters/Harry Whitehouse/ Lily Young. Sierra Club Books.

Countryside and Small Stock Journal, W11564 Hwy 64, Withee, Wisconsin 54498. www.countrysidemag.com

BackHome magazine, PO Box 70, Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792. www.backhomemagazine.com

the old, original John and Jane Shuttleworth's Mother Earth News

The Peck of Salt, by Bruce Holman, at www.peckofsalt.com. Remember the great ‘Down on the Farm’ cartoons in the old Mother Earth News? That was (and is) Bruce Holman, and he’s online with old and new cartoons and other down home interests.

and, of course, I have to mention ...

Homesteading Adventures, A Guide for Doers and Dreamers, by Sue Robishaw, 1997 ManyTracks Publishing. (This was real hands-on learning!)


Architectural Graphic Standards, by Charles G. Ramsey/Harold R. Sleeper. Wiley & Sons.

Build Your Own Stone House, Using the easy, slipform method, by Karl & Sue Schwenke. Garden Way.

Building Construction Illustrated, by Francis Ching, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.

The $50 and Up Underground House Book, How to Design and Build Underground, by Mike Oehler. Mole Publishing, PO Box 270, Naples, Idaho 83847.

From the Ground Up, by John Cole/Charles Wing. Atlantic Monthly Press/Little, Brown and Co..

Handmade Houses, A Guide to the Woodbutcher's Art, by Art Boericke/Barry Shapiro. Scrimshaw Press. Still an inspiration! We poured over this book probably more than any.

How to Build a Low-Cost House of Stone, by Lewis & Sharon Watson. Stonehouse Publications. www.buildwithstone.com

Low Cost, Energy-Efficient Shelter, For the Owner and Builder, by Eugene Eccli. Rodale Press.

Other Homes and Garbage, Designs for self-sufficient living, by Leckie, Masters, Whitehouse, Young.

The Passive Solar Energy Book, by Edward Mazria, Rodale Press.

The Owner Built Homestead, by Barbara and Ken Kern. Scribner.

The Solar Home Book; Heating, by Bruce Anderson/Michael Riordan. Rodale Press, Cheshire Books.

The Stonebuilder’s Primer, by Charles Long, Firefly Books.

The Timber Framing Book, by Stewart Elliott/Eugenie Wallas. Housesmiths Press.

Underground Designs, by Malcolm Wells. Malcolm Wells.

Underground Plans Book-1, 8 Large-scale plans and details you can use in designing a house for your site, by Malcolm Wells/Sam Glenn-Wells. Malcolm Wells.

and all the other great books by Malcolm Wells. www.malcolmwells.com

Underground Houses, The Sauna, and other by Rob Roy. www.cordwoodmasonry.com


Build It Better Yourself, by the editors of Organic Gardening and Farming. Rodale Press, 1977.

Compost Toilets, A guide for owner-builders, National Center for Appropriate Technology, PO Box 3838, Butte, Montana. www.ncat.org/.

The Contrary Farmer, by Gene Logsdon. Chelsea Green Publishing, 1995.

Heaven's Flame Solar Cooker, by Joseph Radabaugh. Joseph Radabaugh, 1990.

Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable, by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. Rodale Press, 1976.

The Homesteader's Handbook to Raising Small Livestock, by Jerome D. Belanger. Rodale Press, 1974.

The Maple Sugar Book, by Helen & Scott Nearing. Schocken Books, 1970.

Mrs. Restino's Country Kitchen, by Susan Restino. Quick Fox 1976.

A Pantry Full of Sunshine, (newly updated and reprinted) by Larisa Walk and Bob Dahse. Seldom Scene Productions, 30319 Wiscoy Ridge Rd, Winona MN 55987, $12.50 ppd. [wonderful booklet on solar drying, steam canning, juicing, root cellaring]. www.geopathfinder.com.

Root Cellaring, by Nancy Bubel.

Small Time Operator, by Bernard Kamoroff. Bell Spring Publishing.

Home Made Power

Home Power magazine, POB 520, Ashland, Oregon 97520, 916-475. www.homepower.com

Electron Connection, POB 203, Hornbrook, California 96044, 800-945-7587.

Backwoods Solar Electric Systems, 1395 Rolling Thumder Ridge, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864,

208-263-4290, www.backwoodssolar.com [mail order supplier].

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (and Fair), 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, Wisconsin 54423, 715-592-6595, mreainfo@wi-net.com, www.the-mrea.org.

People’s Power Primer, Renewable Energy for the Technically Timid, by Bob Dahse, Seldom Scene Productions, 30319 Wiscoy Ridge Rd, Winona MN 55987, 72 pgs, $11.00 ppd. www.geopathfinder.com


Gardening -- go to our Garden page for a listing of  books, seed sources, planting info and much more.

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