It seems such a shame that so much of their knowledge and work ethic has disappeared over the generations. I was surprised to read that our ancestors harvested nearly all year long, including during the winter. I am several generations removed from my farming and pioneering ancestors, so I was unaware of several of the aspects of self-sufficiency that the author talks about.
Did you know carrots were originally yellow and purple? I didn't. Did you know it's possible to grow and harvest salad greens in the snow? I can't wait to try growing some. In the age of supermarkets and fast food, it would do mankind good to return to a degree of self-sufficiency. In the timeline of history, grocery stores and processed "food products" are brand new concepts. We have become so accustomed to the appearance and taste of the items lining the shelves that it makes one wonder how people lived without Doritos, Oreos, and Diet Coke.
The first half of The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency covers heirloom plants and seeds, expanding the harvest, and storing the harvest. The author shows several examples of these concepts in his own garden and root cellar. He briefly covers pioneer yeast and bread making, then moves on to how to raise and care for your own chickens for the remainder of the book. While covering several interesting topics, this book doesn't get into a lot of specifics of how to do these things and does reference additional material.
If you have been feeling the pull toward becoming more self-sufficient and are interested in getting a good overview and general direction, The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency is a good place to start. By Amazon Customer on Jun 29, I bought this book under the impression it was going to teach me self sufficiency skills.
I was unpleasantly surprised that this book was more of a memoir than of a teaching book. It does have some information but not very much.
The title is very misleading. By David Griffin on Oct 28, This book was such a delight to read. It makes a perfect Christmas gift for a young family just starting out or an older more experienced garden. The author has such a way with words that he makes you actually wish you were a pioneer or at least that you had three acres of sunny land to plant your graden.
The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers by Caleb Warnock
Even if you do not consider yourself a serious gardener, there are so many tips that are handy to know. Like I discovered that winter squashes last through the winter if stored correctly hence the name. So now I have a bunch of butternut squash in my storage room I didn't grow it, but I did buy it from a local U-Pick farm.
I am quite intrigued with the notion of pioneer yeast--and that it is easier for digestion. I love growing lettuces and spinach in my little garden box, but I have always been disappointed with the short season. Warnock's book teaches you how to extend the season to get lettuce and spinach all year long. He also is very specific on the varieties of plants that work best during the winter season.
I'm excited to try it! There is a certain nostalgic quality to the book--he has excerpts of letters and memoirs from his great-grandmother. It makes you long for a time where you used to just go out to your yard,and it could meet all of your needs.
Book Review: The Forgotten Skills of Self Sufficiency used by the Mormon Pioneers
Fletcher on Jan 27, I purchased this naively thinking I would get "forgotten" skills of self-sufficient farming. That was my mistake. Every "forgotten" skill listed I have seen in other books. It lists things you wouldn't know if you never had a garden, chickens, or tried to preserve food, but if you had any knowledge, first hand or research on a subject you wanted to know, this book is is of little help. This book is a decent 'beginner' book, but pretty much only that. The book covers topics such as raising chickens, creating a garden area, seed saving, fresh food storage, and very, very general ideas on plant types depending on what you are looking for.
It covers several topics on a general scale, with only a hand full and I mean only a hand full or so of specific ideas or tips for each topic.
The section on chickens is the largest as it is 40 out of the pages. If you need or want direction on whether to garden, get chickens, or how to start thinking about tackling those tasks, this book is a good start with pros and cons listed on a few subjects for you to easily see what is involved. If you already have direction and are looking for new info, get a book on your topic of interest, as this will be likely a repeat of info you already have.
Great beginner book worth 5 stars, misleading "forgotten skills" which aren't forgotten on the topics in other books which have more info on the topic gets 3 stars, average 4 in my mind. By Carolyn Fletcher on Feb 06, I got this book thinking it would be wonderful for helping my family and me become more self-sufficient.
What it really was is things that we are mostly already doing--so that quite all that forgotten. The few things that were in the book that I was excited to read about getting sugar from sugar beets, extending the gardening season, etc. Mostly it talked about how in his grandmother's journal they did it that way--he tried it and it didn't work--that doesn't help me! So, if you are new to chickens which it does go into great detail about or gardening, this would be an alright book--but I already do those things so.
By Jhenriksen on Dec 07, This book is well written and has helped me to get started with growing my own vegetables year round. I've started placing my kitchen scraps back into the garden instead of throwing these nutrients into the garbage can and sending them to the land fill. It also gave a recipe for making bread using natural slow rising yeast. The recipe for making natural yeast starter was not included but gave a resource to obtain yeast starter. My first loaves of bread were just wonderful.
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Really enjoyed the whole book and loved his account of how to raise chickens. Highly recommend this book for anyone interested in returning to living naturally and saving money on food costs. By Sarah on Oct 12, Great book! Not self-sufficiency other than food Kortz on Aug 11, This entire book is NOT about any other self-sufficiency skills other than gardening.
It should be titled "How to grow food 12 months of the Year" or something more accurate to the subject matter. I wanted a modern LDS Foxfire books, if that makes sense lots of skills to sharpen or learn to be self-sufficient. That being said, it is a GOOD book about gardening and extending your growing season, no matter your climate.
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By Tosha on Apr 16, This book is amazing! It's full of wonderful information that will make you feel as if you are sitting on your great grandmother's couch, listening to her tell of the 'good old days' when growing food at home was their job. Caleb has gathered all the secrets of yesteryear and compiled them in this fabulous book, complete with gorgeous, colorful photos showcasing heirloom fruits and vegetables, as well as how-to's, and so much more.
This is a gem everyone should have in their home. Don't forget to check out his other books, before you check out, too. They are equally as informative and fantastic. By Kiddomarie on Mar 17, Great book, I grew up in Utah in a Mormon family so I did enjoy the history in the book which others unfamiliar with Utah's history may not get the brief and vague history shares. It wasn't a very detailed How To book but it left me feeling very inspired to do more resources!
I did definitely learn new things and enjoyed the gardening tips. By William R. Good book on seeds and 'home farming'. Doesn't really cover too much else. Should be titled, "Forgotten Skills of Seeds and Planting. By Maree Pennells on Aug 23, Not all skills have been forgotten because I use many of the things examined in this book, which I found useful in reminding me that I do have a certain degree of self-sufficiency going on here on my acreage. Especially enjoyed the last few chapters on keeping chooks - which I do, it answered some of the queries I had about egg storage.
Book Review: The Forgotten Skills of Self Sufficiency used by the Mormon Pioneers
No, I did not in fact coin the phrase "puppet mouth" as I use it; my wife did. Brooklyn did. She doesn't remember having coined the phrase, however which, of course, doesn't matter; I don't recall the circumstances of my conception or emergence at birth but I'm still here , but I'm a stickler for credit. The " and yes " part refers to my part in remembering Brooklyn's coined term and applying pictures and descriptions to various attempts to lexically fix the term, each attempt a blog post.
I could go on to redefine what I just wrote. For some reason I'm never happy with my responses. I'd be a lot happier, though, if you'd just stop me or maybe just Q: Stop. Q: Tell us the concept behind the blog. A: When I visited the "Bodies" exhibit at some lower-tier casino in Vegas back in , I saw for the first time that the human body is simply a marionette puppet that controls its own strings. Expanding the metaphor: the body's muscles and tendons are the strings and the brain is the hand.
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