Resources to Learn Homesteading Skills and Products

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Rural Living Today Resources are simply a place to learn how to do things.

We talk about how to grow veggies, raise livestock, cook with cast iron, and do other “homesteady” things.

We are all about cooking from scratch – homesteader style.

We write comprehensive reviews on kitchen equipment that makes our lives a bit easier as well as sharing tips, recipes, and great ideas for food preparation, cooking, and preserving the harvest.

Over the years, we have found many different resources and products that have helped us on our rural living journey.

Here we have listed just a few of them, and we hope you will find some helpful new favorites among them.

Homesteading for beginners
Homesteading for beginners

Resources to Learn Homesteading Skills, Homesteading Products, Tools and Equipment

Here are a few products that we heartily endorse – things that make it a little easier to live rural, whether it’s a kitchen appliance, instructional book, or website.

Homesteading Product Reviews: Honda EM6500S Generator

Tools and Equipment for Farm and Garden

  • GreenHouses
  • Mantis Tillers
  • Best LED Grow Lights
  • Trailer Winches
  • Tractor Cart
  • GreenWorks Lawn Mower
  • Shop vac
  • Axes
  • Air compressors
  • Welder
  • Wood working Tools
  • Plows
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Rotor Tillers
  • Wood Splitters
  • Pruners]

Durable clothing for outdoor chores

  • Carhartt WorkwearJolly Garden Shoes by Alpro
  • Survival Belts
  • Muck Boots
  • Work Gloves

Food Preparation and Preservation

  • Ninja Kitchen System
  • Ninja Pulse Blender
  • Excalibur Dehydrator
  • FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer
  • Dutch Cheese Press

Survival Living and Prepping

KaBar Knife
Review of the Best Survival Knives So You Can Survive
Survival Knife Buyers Guide So You Survive Extreme Environments
Survival Kit for The Ka-Bar Survival Knife
Ka-Bar Becker BK7 Knife Review and Field Test

Small Greenhouse ~ Find the Best for Your Gardening

Misc Homesteading Items and Books

University of Massachusetts Soil Testing Lab: just mail in your sample and payment, receive a report by email–no matter where you live.

Homesteading Books (Non-Fiction)


The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour (Read our review here.)

Homegrown Herbs by Tammi Hartung (Read our review here.

The Fruit Gardener’s Bible by Lewis Hill and Leonard Perry (Read our review here.)

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith

Storing Apples: How To Store Apples


Storey’s Guide to Raising Pigs by Kelly Klober (Read our review here.)

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals edited by Gail Damerow (Read our review here.)

The Backyard Cow by Sue Weaver (Read our review here.)

What Do Bulls Eat

Silkie Chicken: Getting to Know the Breed

Homesteading, Country Life, Rural Living Skills

How to Move to the Country by Patrice Lewis (Read our review here.)

The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan (Read our review here.)

Your Custom Homestead by Jill Winger (Read our interview here.)

Storey’s Basic Country Skills by John & Martha Storey (Read our review here.)

Any Storey Publishing books including Storey’s Guides

The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery

Any Joel Salatin books, including:

You Can Farm

Pastured Poultry Profits

Salad Bar Beef

Family Friendly Farming

Living with Wildlife/Landscaping for Wildlife by Russell Link

Homesteading Books (Fiction)

Resources to Learn Homesteading Skills
Resources to Learn Homesteading Skills

Pioneer- and early west-era novels often have descriptions of how life really was in days gone by, and one can learn a lot by reading about everyday life.

Some of these are great for giving kids an idea of the self-sufficient lifestyle.

(*Items also have TV series or movies based on the books.)

Centennial* by James Michener

Little House on the Prairie series* by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lonesome Dove series* by Larry McMurtry

Louis L’Amour books* : Many describe pioneer life, trapping, foraging, and ranching/farming. Movies include Sackett series.

Love Comes Softly series* by Janette Oke

Red River and Dakota Plains series by Lauraine Snelling

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (Bethany’s favorite!)

Homesteading Magazines

Our own Rural Living Insider! (Subscription form to the right)

Backwoods Home



Hobby Farms

Living the Country Life

Mother Earth News


National Cooperative Extension site

Your local county Cooperative Extension pages–find yours here:

Chris Martenson

Common Sense Homesteading

Frugally Sustainable

Hillbilly Housewife

Home on the Range

Little House in the Suburbs

The Prairie Homestead

Preparing Your Family

Homesteading Forums

Backyard Chickens

Backyard Herds

Farm Dreams

Homesteading Today

Rural property development

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