DYI reskilling resources


Ready to skill up? Learn how to garden, prepare for emergencies, cook with local whole foods, and more on your own by utilizing the following resources, books and websites. Each resource is packed with information to help you transition to using less energy and fewer resources using creativity and building community.


Community Solutions website

Community Heart & Soul website

The Transition Handbook, by Rob Hopkins

Plan C, Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil, by Pat Murphy

Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods, by Dan Chiras


Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day website

Simply in Season website

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle website


FEMA emergency preparedness website

Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook, Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis, by Peggy Layton

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management website

Just in Case: How to Be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens, by Kathy Harrison

When Technology Fails, by Matthew Stein


The Carbon Buster’s Home Energy Handbook, by Godo Stoyke

The Home Energy Diet, by Paul Scheckel

The Homeowner’s Handbook to Energy Efficiency, by John Krigger and Chris Dorsi

Insulate and Weatherize: Expert Advice from Start to Finish, by Bruce Harley


The Complete Book of Home Preserving, by Ann Seranne

The Solar Food Dryer, by Eben Fodor

Root Cellaring, by Mike and Nancy Bubel

Wild Fermentation, Sandor Katz


Baker Creek Rare Seed

Dave’s Garden website

Four Season Harvest, by Elliot Coleman

Fruits and Berries for the Home Garden, by Lewis Hill

Gaia’s Garden, Toby Hemenway

How to Grow More Vegetables, by John Jeavons

Seed Savers Exchange

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work, by Mel Bartholomew

Peaceful Valley Farm Supply

Permaculture in a Nutshell, Patrick Whitefield

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, by Ed Smith


Five Acres and Independence, by Peter Smith

Mother Earth News website

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Carla Emery

The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It: The Complete Back-to-Basics Guide, by John Seymour


The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way, by Joseph and Amy Alton

When There is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook, by David Werner

When There is No Dentist, by Murray Dickson


Sun Ovens

The Passive House Institute

Build It Solar, a renewable energy site for do-it-yourselfers


The New Create an Oasis with Greywater, by Art Ludwig

Katadyn Water Filters (available on numerous websites such as Backcoutry, REI, Amazon, BePrepared, etc.)

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, by Brad Lancaster

Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use, by Art Ludwig