Self sufficiency is a relative thing in our modern world. It can be as small and simple as a tomato plant in a container - a small crop of fresh tomatoes can be a wonderful and inspiring thing! Complete self sufficiency is another thing entirely - will require the right circumstances, a lot of knowledge, and complete commitment to have a chance of success! You have to choose where your comfort zone is along this continuum. We do recommend that you seek some self-sufficiency - it is hard to find a greater satisfaction!
Survival is a hot topic these days, and means different things to different people. How much to get by for how long? Self sufficiency is one answer, but in our Willits valley we are always working towards survival as a community.
What books to include in this category? There is an argument for nearly every book we offer. We were strongly tempted to include How To Grow More Vegetables because you are not going to survive without a sustainable organic garden.
What we have included though, are the most obvious books - directly about survival and self-sufficiency, basic tools, water management, and so on. Highly recommended is The Encyclopedia of Country Living - a true omnibus practically written by Carla who lived it her whole life. A necessary title for any self-sufficiency bookshelf.
To make this large selection of books more accessible, we have created seperate departments of Survival and of Self-Sufficiecy. Survival is more concerned with arts and techniquest to simply survive. While Self-Sufficiency is centered on arts and techniques that are important to an independent life, but less pressing on just survival. Since such choices are inevitably arbitrary, we also provide a full alphabetical listing as well.