Friday, January 30, 2009

Co-operative living . . . maybe it's communal?

I'm a friendly person by nature, I'm sure you haven't noticed :), and since we bgan this homesteading journey 7 months ago I have come to realise that I really enjoy working with others. No, not like my job. I am referring to learning and working the different aspect of this homesteading life. I wish I knew others close to me that I could interact with but I chose to live in the country, where the big benefit is no neighbors and the big downside is no neighbors, darn that double edged sword. Anyway, I have decided to look far and wide for those that can help provide some of the wisdom and skill sets I lack. I responded to an ad on craigslist for example for some older farming books, and I am really enjoying chatting with the lady who owns them. She was a one-time homesteader moving to the city for various reasons and she has introduced me to books I'd never heard of or seen on any lists. Sure they're dated, they were published in the early part of the last century for crying out loud. But when you have a little farm like mine and you don't have any "high tech" toys like tractors and the like, those are the kinds of books that can help make this living a bit easier. Here is a good one she led me to that happens to be out of print but is available for download (pdf format) on google, it's called simply "How to do things", it was published in 1919.

3 comments:

Melissa ~ Wife to 1, Mom to 5 said...

Janelle ~ That's a good book. This is why you need to know your neighbors: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-woman-freezes-to-death-in-remote-montana-cabin/article/3341579

And, you know I'll be first in line to move to a Homesteading community/commune close by. I found one in rural Oregon and another one in N. Dakota - I'd rather stay within 100 miles of here.

Janelle said...

I hadn't seen that story :( How very sad.

We'll just have to look for the right place to put one together :)

Kansas Mom said...

A friend sent us the mother of all country living books. I've been meaning to post about it on my blog. Maybe I'll get to it tonight...after the dishes and washing some diapers and...oh my. I'll try.

By the way, did we miss a call from you last night?