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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 6, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882660241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882660240
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

It has been Ed Robinson and wife Carolyn's dream that every family can own a home and a little land. Their classic book, The "Have-More" Plan, was written in the 1940's. The book has been kept in print unchanged because it is still, after 50 years, a useful reference for the home gardener. Over 500,000 people have now discovered how to do things in ways that work simply and well. Ed said, " ...poultry, goats, lettuce, and home canning haven't changed much in the generation since The "Have-More" Plan was first published. Today home gardening seems on the verge of a giant step forward: We can now get more produce on small plots by using plastic cover-ups over raised beds to extend growing seasons. This ushers in a new era for home production."


It has been Ed Robinson and wife Carolyn's dream that every family can own a home and a little land. Their classic book, The "Have-More" Plan, was written in the 1940's. The book has been kept in print unchanged because it is still, after 50 years, a useful reference for the home gardener. Over 500,000 people have now discovered how to do things in ways that work simply and well.

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Customer Reviews

Great book, very detailed and lots of pictures and diagrams.
Steven Kimball
It is a GREAT guide to self sustained living, with only a small plot of land.
MrsHJM3
I have had this 70 page booklet for over a year now and love it.
M. Robinson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Del Hughes (Clackanaw@aol.com) on September 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
We have converted our large city lot to a mini Have More Plan ranchette. While funky for its dated artwork and nifty lingo, The Have More Plan is an invaluable resource for long-term do-it-yourselfers and country gentlemen. Everything from hacking up chickens to designing the perfect kitchen for home food processing. WE LOVE THIS BOOK!!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Laurie E. W. Brandt on July 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have the great luck to have a copy of this book's first edition, 1947. It went through a major editing in 1970 by the Editors of Mother Earth News. It was edited again, very badly by the editors of Gardenway 1973. The original is very definitely a book, all 326 pages with index. A second edition came out in 1948/9 that added a reference for further reading at the end of each chapter. Most of these pamphlets and books referred to here were were printed by the Country Bookstore which latter became Gardenway and then Storey. Look for the original hardback ca 1947 or 1948 for the second edition. You will have much more satisfaction. There are so many places that ham handed editing have made this book a man's only book. It spends most of its time out side and leaves the kitchen/harvest room to be worked out by the wife and an architect. Giving you no idea what is needed in the way of space, layout or basic equipment.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By dlingner@netscape.net on June 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
Written in the forties, this book has a wealth of information for anyone looking to live a self-reliant lifestyle. Contains all the basic information you would need to get started. Extremely helpful in layout of property and farm building design, in order to maximize land and building space and more importantly time. A must have book for modern day homesteaders.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Janet K Hoadley on April 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a great little book for what it is - an overview of things you can do. It's not in depth and can't be, really. There's entire books devoted to the homestead cow, goat, sheep, poultry etc. Still it's a great overview to get one thinking about how much they can do without a large farm if you manage well. Prices are obviously dated but there's some good diagrams for a raised turkey pen, pigeon loft and 16X20 barn that's worth the cost of the book. There's some discussion of why they did this and they write as absolute urbanized people who moved to the rural area long before the "back to the land" movement. The idea of mowing 3-4-5 acres of land was not even there - *use* it! The putting an orchard and integrating bees and a garden is almost early edible landscaping. It's a great book to sit down with a notebook and look at your land and what you can do with it. It's an idea starter and a basics of information to allow "that sounds great let's find out more" or "I don't think I'd like this one".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew of Australia on November 20, 2013
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The print book is fine as I have a copy, but the Kindle book is rubbish. Without mentioning it there are no photos, line art or tables. It is just skipped over. Not happy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Walker on May 21, 2013
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When I first read this book, so many years ago, I spent most of the time looking at the illustrations--fantasizing about one day having a homestead like this. Looking at the pictures, I dreamed that I might move my beehives closer to the house, or make my orchard larger . . . or maybe leave everything just the way it was. I loved that book, I loved those dated pictures, and I loved those dreams.

Sadly, the Kindle version does not have those pictures in it. Not a single one. So I can't really give this book more than two stars, because it is now little more than some suggestions and guidelines in writing on how to set up a homestead. Suggestions and guidelines that are now some sixty-five years old. In writing. Without a single picture . . .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By daggeline on January 26, 2009
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This small "book" gives you a good guideline how to start into the "have more" life but for details about i.e. raising chickens, rabbits and veggies you will need more specialised books.
This is more about the idea and how the Robinsons made it work for them.
Very inspiring and worth the money.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Mohr on March 16, 2006
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The Have More Plan is more of a long pamphlet than a book. Chatty prose and descriptions of the authors' life on their homestead. An excellent discussion and plan for a real WORKING kitchen. Nearly all of the information is sadly dated, but it does give an interesting look into the lives of early back to the land pioneers--without the political posturing that the Nearings (Helen and Scott) seem to be unable to avoid. Add it to your library of small farming books, but you may find the actual USEABLE information to be thin.
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