Thursday, June 19, 2014
Backwoods Home Magazine is out.
I got my new issue of Backwoods Home Magazine on the Kindle. Almost all magazines give you an exact copy of the paper edition, but not Backwoods Home. You get the articles, but that's it. I am aggravated by this because I like to read the adds in self sufficiency magazines.
As originally written "These days, Backwoods Home is a lot more about farming, gardening, canning, and other rural home related topics than it is about preparedness."
These days, Backwood Home has a lot more about farming , gardening, canning and other rural home related topics than it does about any other aspects of preparedness. The magazine has changed over the years. They still have some very good self sufficiency articles from time to time, and they put out "specials" that are survivalist in nature. There are already more than enough magazines focused on agrarian facets of self reliance, we don't need to convert everything to a version of The New Pioneer.
I quit buying the magazine in hard copy because it's expensive and I didn't feel like the new emphasis on homesteading issues really justified the cost. But with the much cheaper Kindle subscription I can still read the articles.
This is the type of special I always make it a point to buy. They come out with them about once a year, and the articles are excellent. Sometimes people ask me why, since I've been doing this for more than thirty years, I still read basic articles on survival. First , I find the stories and articles interesting. Second, nobody knows everything and I'm a long way from feeling like I know all I need to know. I'm always trying to pick up tips or ideas to improve our situation here on the mountain. Finally, if my kids ever get serious about preparedness, I'd like to have a good , ready to hand reference library for them. That's why I buy books, and why I save the digital material in such a manner that as long as we can charge the computer battery, we can access it, internet or not.
The Backwoods Home Emergency Preparedness and Survival Guide is not bad. It's very basic, but until Rawles' How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It came out, this was the basic reference book I always kept on my desk. It's updated about every four years or so as far as I can tell.
You can buy either a paperback copy, or you can get it on a CD. It's a handy book and doesn't cost a lot. If you have relatives who aren't giving much thought to self sufficiency, this would be a good one to send to them. They might just set it on the bookshelf and forget it, but they might read it. I would expect that anyone who read the book would have to have their complacency shaken just a bit.
The latest edition of the magazine says they are putting out another anthology. I think it's the first 22 years of the magazine and sells for about $150.00. It's on CD's. I haven't decided yet whether I want to buy it , because I am pretty sure I have most of the magazines in my collection already.
Overall, it you are very interested in gardening and doing your own small building projects, you will probably get your money out of the magazine. If nothing else, it's fun to read.