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The Five-Year Guide to Self-Sufficiency [Kindle Edition]

Amelia Barrows
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For decades, Americans have embraced the consumer mindset and rested on the laurels of a thriving economy. Now, however, with prices rising and more chemicals than foods in the grocery store, families are beginning to take notice and take action. The return to sustainable living is long overdue, but many are so intimidated by the amount of work involved that they never even start.

The Five-Year Guide to Self-Sufficiency follows a logical progression to move your homestead forward every year in an organized and affordable manner. Over the course of five years, you will learn how to get the most from your land, whether it be half an acre or 100. You'll grow everything from a basic garden bed to a fruitful orchard, pick from a wide variety of livestock ranging from chickens to alpacas, and lead a simpler life with less reliance on fossil fuels.

The road may be long and arduous, but there's no need to overwhelm yourself. By taking everything at a rational pace, you too can remove yourself from a meaningless culture and improve your quality of life one day at a time, without breaking the bank in the process.


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About the Author

Amelia Barrows escaped a comfortable life in a cubicle and now spends her days writing and tending to a small farm in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. She has never been happier.

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  • Print Length: 368 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B40Q1VM
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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No information, short book, look elsewhere November 10, 2013
By Grizz
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This book contains very basic, and I mean basic information. The title leads you to believe it contains a five-year plan to help you towards self-sufficiency. The title is VERY misleading. Each 'year' covered in book only adds more possible garden plants you can grow and maybe an additional breed of livestock. If you know absolutely nothing about gardening or have never heard of the idea of raising chickens and goats, then this book is for you.

The book has large print and wide margins. There is nothing in this book that will help you become self-sufficient. The author does not include 97% of the details it takes to grow and store food, manage livestock, or the impacts of becoming truely self-sufficient.

I can sum this book up in one sentance: Grow a garden, get some chickens, a few goats and possibly some meat rabbits. I think an average "country person" could have written this book in a weekend.

I laughed when the author rambles about cutting debt and getting rid of "extras"; and then mentions that there are free apps for your smartphone to help manage your tasks.

I recommend you look elsewhere for a book on "self-sufficiency".
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good guide February 3, 2013
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There are very few people that will do all of the things that the author spells out in just 5 years, but the author does state this. But it is a very good guide to getting a homestead up and running. The author covers gardening, animals and all kinds of other things.

I wish I had this book prior to moving onto our current homestead. I think that I would map out what I wanted to do with the homestead and work on it over the course of 10 years or so.

I really like that the author is speaking from the experience that she gained on her own homestead. I would probably move the fruit production to the first year since it takes several years to produce, but following the guidance of this book can help anyone get their homestead built up.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Broken Down Nicely March 16, 2013
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Like the headline says the book is set up nicely. Do this your first year and grow this many of plant A per person. Try these animals and these projects. Year 2 plant year 1 plus x number of this plant per person. Good way to get a realistic idea of what is possible each year.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment December 10, 2013
By Ileana
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I was expecting something better, more in depth. This book is really for amateurs, for those thinking about just starting or planning a self-sufficient lifestyle. I'm beyond that stage, having already had a small farm. I wanted to start again and was looking for a different view point, or another take on what I had already done. Ms. Barrows' book isn't different, and she doesn't present anything at all that I haven't read or done before. Quite disappointing.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need a homesteading steady voice? May 10, 2013
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This was a very realistic book! Sets out a plan, including what to focus on first, second, how to expand without overwhelming yourself. That said, i have lived in the country two weeks, and i am starting out a little faster than her book suggests, but so much of the infrastructure was already here (buildings, fences, animal dishes, automatic waterers, heat lamps, nipple pails for sheep, a garden fenced and established already. But this book was a companion to me as i dreamed ahead, and encouraged me to think through my ideal life plans, to what was truly possible in a timely manner...
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great jump start July 26, 2013
By lilnic
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This is such a good book for people who are interested in self-sufficiency! It is NOT for someone who is already five years into the process. This is the book for people who are thinking, dreaming, and fantasizing about having their own little plot, hobby farm, etc. It is general enough to not be intimidating and in that way is almost like a book for dummies but even someone like me who has intermediate info on gardening and dairy goats (I have a black thumb from hell so none of it seems to help), I still found this useful and very motivating to keep planning and now I have a guide!

Cheap book so it's worth it to add to your collection.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well thought out. February 6, 2013
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As a family that is trying to learn how to provide for ourselves it was quite encouraging to see how much we were doing right. Wish we'd seen this a long time ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. October 9, 2013
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I have only read the introduction and part of "Year One," so I hope I do not get to the end of the book and then hate it. I doubt that will happen. This is a good read for those winter months when you are preparing for the following seasons by sorting seeds and turning over the ground.

It has many useful ideas and offers encouragement AND the authors view point about corporation America is exactly what many of us need to hear not only to become more self-sufficent, but also to regain the freedom of choice and justice. I enjoyed the authors viewpoint of vegetarianism [I am infrenencing] and the idea that by eating meat a person consumes less energy. In an abstract way the POV makes a good deal of sense.

I would highly recommend this book. It's very in-depth. Everything from seeds, plowing, finances, and so forth are covered here. :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I haven't finished read it all yet but do like what I 've read so far.
Published 15 days ago by Snickelfritz44
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great!
Published 21 days ago by Laura A. Kildow
5.0 out of 5 stars great guide
Great read. Lots of great information. Will be reading again. Well worth the time and money. Five of five stars all the way.
Published 1 month ago by Armando Scott Ortiz
3.0 out of 5 stars Too general
I applaud Amelia for writing this book, but the information within is readily available on the Internet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Gale Short
5.0 out of 5 stars A good overview
While I had originally hoped for more detail, after reading I understand that a MUCH larger book would be required. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting ideas
Published 4 months ago by Mary Van Nortwick
3.0 out of 5 stars The book is good just not really the breakdown I was looking
More of a story then I expected. I assumed it was going to be similar to an outline of what steps to take each year and build up to being self sufficient. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ted tomao
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of getting started
I got the sample to see if it was worth reading and I was instantly hooked. I really liked this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cliff
5.0 out of 5 stars it's just a way to get back to when communities cared for eachother...
I think EVERYONE's going to need to "get back to it" to some degree or another, or at the very least learn to appreciate and live with those who are taking it seriously,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by LadyLladnekdd
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot on solid information
Solid basic information in a orderly progression which in my opinion can actually lead to a sustainable lifestyle. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul
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Amelia Barrows escaped a comfortable life in a cubicle and now spends her days writing and tending to a small farm in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. She has never been happier.


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