Recommended Reading

These are books recommended by Sustainable Ewe members. (They are in no particular order)

NZ Gardener is unarguably the best gardening magazine around.  A uncatalogued of issues and articles can be found here

Green Urban Living

Simple Steps to Growing Food, Keeping Chickens, Worm Farming, Beekeeping and Much More in New Zealand
by Janet Luke

176 Pages

Published 2011
ISBN:  9781869663223
An awesome book absolutely exploding with ideas!  Local author – so you are guaranteed that her methods will work here in CHB.  An absolute go to book for everything from chickens to composting.

Seed to Seed

Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners
by Susan Ashworth

228 Pages
Published 2002
ISBN: 9781882424580
A must have for seed savers.  Keep in mind while reading it is a Northern Hemisphere book so seasons will be different.  Otherwise and excellent resource.

Introduction to Permaculture

by Bill Mollison

216 Pages

Published 1991, Updated 2013

ISBN: 9780908228089

And excellent resource for those starting out both for Permaculture and for general self-sufficiency ideas.

Yates Garden Guide (79th Edition)

528 Pages

Published 2017

ISBN:  9781460753125

Since 1895 the Yates Garden Guide has been the go-to book for Kiwi gardeners.

The Permaculture Home Garden

How To Grow Great Tasting Fruit And Vegetables The Organic Way
by Linda Woodrow

183 Pages
Published 1996
ISBN: 9780670865994

Step-by-step instructions and easy to follow diagrams will make planning your garden easy with this book.

Back to the Land

A year of country Gardening.

by Lynda Hallinan

256 Pages

Published 2012

ISBN:  9780143567080

Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce

Slash your Grocery Bill by Living Sustainably

by Lyn Webster

168 Pages

Published 2013

ISBN:  9781459661417

Great tips on cheap, back to basics products you can make at home without the plastic packaging and high supermarket prices. And how to slash your grocery bill

The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency

by John Seymour

256 Pages

Published 1976

ISBN:   9780751304268

Embrace Your Space

by Janet Luke

160 Pages

Published 2013

ISBN:  9781869663919

Gaia’s Garden

A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

by Toby Hemenway

313 Pages

Published 2009 (2nd Edition)

ISBN:  9781603580298

The Best of Jackie French

A Practical Guide to Everything from Aphids to Zucchini Chocolate Cake

by Jackie French

378 Pages

Published 2000

ISBN:  9780732265519

The Resilient Gardener

Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

by Carol Deppe

384 Pages

Published 2010

ISBN:  9781603580311

The Solar Food Dryer

How to Make and Use Your Own Low-Cost, High Performance, Sun-Powered Food Dehydrator

by Eben V. Fodor

144 Pages

Published 2006

ISBN:  9780865715448

Australia & New Zealand Complete Self-Sufficiency Handbook

by Sally Gordon

224 Pages

Published 1981

ISBN:  9780855521196

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

A Year of Food Life

by Barabara Kingsolver

400 Pages

Published 2008

ISBN:  9780060852566

Saving Seeds

The Gardener’s Guide to Growing and Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds (A Down-to-Earth Gardening Book)

by Marc Rogers

185 Pages

Published 1990

ISBN:  9780882666341

Backyard Bounty

Creating a Local Food System

by Janet Luke

196 Pages

Published 2012

ISBN:  9780473226886

How to Care For Your Poultry:  Volume 1

Lifestyle Block Magazine

144 Pages

Published 2011

How to Care For Your Poultry:  Volume 2

Lifestyle Bock Magazine

144 Pages

Published 2012