Look! Receiving The Gift Of Self-Sufficiency

Look! Receiving The Gift Of Self-Sufficiency

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 25, 2010

For many years, we've always admired a set of books on the shelf at the home of our grandparents. Any chance we got you'd find us holed up in the basement sneaking a peek at how to butcher a hog or can up the summer harvest or even make our own moonshine. We're of course talking about the Foxfire books.

Upon a recent visit this full set of first edition Foxfire books was gifted to us. We'd apparently stared at them long enough and our dear Grandmother offered them to us with open arms. For days, we've found ourselves sneaking a peek whenever time allowed, and we found the information inside is just as useful today as it was back in the 1960's.

The books were originally presented as magazines and have since been collected into book form to preserve the traditional folk culture of the Southern Appalachians. Although that's a different neck of the woods, we still find the information inside helpful when it comes to taking care of land and basic life skills. Besides, where else are you going to read about the history of snake lore?

Do you have a set in your home? You can buy them new from Amazon if not!

(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)

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