Independence Days

Independence Days

A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation

Book - 2009
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Hard times aren't just coming, they are here already. The recent economic collapse has seen millions of North Americans move from the middle class to being poor, and from poor to hungry. At the same time, the idea of eating locally is shifting from being a fringe activity for those who can afford it to an essential element of getting by. But aside from the locavores and slow foodies, who really knows how to eat outside of the supermarket and out of season? And who knows how to eat a diet based on easily stored and home preserved foods?

Independence Days tackles both the nuts and bolts of food preservation, as well as the host of broader issues tied to the creation of local diets. It includes:

How to buy in bulk and store food on the cheap Techniques, from canning to dehydrating Tools--what you need and what you don't In addition, it focuses on how to live on a pantry diet year-round, how to preserve food on a community scale, and how to reduce reliance on industrial agriculture by creating vibrant local economies.

Better food, plentiful food, at a lower cost and with less energy expended: Independence Days is for all who want to build a sustainable food system and keep eating--even in hard times.

Sharon Astyk is a former academic who farms in upstate New York with her family. She is the author of Depletion and Abundance , the co-author of A Nation of Farmers , and she blogs at

Publisher: Gabriola, B.C. : New Society Publishers, 2009.
ISBN: 9780865716520
Characteristics: xviii, 348 p. ;,23 cm.


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Dec 09, 2017

If you have people leaving home this would be a very helpful book to give them. It is a "how to live cheap" book. In detail it tells you what household would need to start up and what to look out for when canning, storing, or preserving any foods, always with you pocket book in mind. Everyone should take the time to read this book.

Oct 22, 2014

As part of emergency preparedness training, I'm looking into storing food for emergencies and of course turned to the library for information. There are several books out there, and they seem to be written with a strong political leaning one way or the other. Of the three I checked out, this one was the worse for that. She needs a good editor to cut out the polemic and get to the crux of the matter: How to make sure you won't starve in the event of a disaster. I agree with her ideology, but that's not why I want a book on food storage. You have to wade through a lot of rambling opinions to get to the factual information. Oddly the best one I've found (with the most useful suggestions and instructions and the least obvious political agenda) was written by someone whose ideology is distinctly different to mine. Just goes to show you can't judge a book by the belief systems of its author.

Nov 03, 2010

How to strengthen the community. How to care for family, neighbours and the unfortunate. Planning and preparedness. Awareness and consequences. Independence Days is funny, thought provoking and unexpected.

Mar 01, 2010

If learning to preserve food was not a part of your childhood education, and you want to learn, you may find it useful. First you have to get through all the comments on the situation in the world. There are a few recipes for each technique. I found three that I want to try.

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