Prolific writer Dick Strawbridge was recently interviewed alongside co-author (and son) James Strawbridge on Sky TV’s Breakfast Show with Chris Evans to discuss the updated edition of Practical Self Sufficiency : The Complete Guide to Sustainable Living – where they share personal insights into finding a route to a more sustainable lifestyle.  Topics covered range from growing hydroponics in a flat to darning a sock or mending a bicycle!

Here’s an excerpt:  “We can all take steps to reduce our carbon footprint and be more self-sufficient. For some, that might mean upping sticks and living off the land. For the rest of us, the reality might involve smaller, but no less important, lifestyle changes: cutting back on plastic or food waste, growing vegetables, preserving meat and fish, preparing jams and chutneys, baking sourdough bread, making your own plant-based milks, or keeping a chicken or two.”

Dick and James Strawbridge know what it’s like to make these changes. Between them, they’ve lived on a smallholding, in a terraced house, and even a chateau. In this updated edition (originally published September 2010) of Practical Self-sufficiency they share everything they’ve learned, and give you the tools you need for a more rewarding and environmentally conscious life.”

Here’s the YouTube interview with Dick and James Strawbridge:

Though not quite as famous as his Father, James Strawbridge has become a TV celebrity as a chef, food entrepreneur, conservationist, and expert on sustainable living.  Well what can you say, talent obviously runs in the family!  Learn more about James.  

Earlier I referred to Dick as being a prolific author, here’s just some of his books which are available on Amazon:

  • Made at Home Vegetables is the latest volume in a series that shows you how to take top quality produce and turn it into a whole range of truly delicious, handcrafted foods that you will be able to enjoy throughout the year.
  • Cheese and Dairy has six sections, beginning with guidance on how to set up a dairy in a home kitchen for cooking, airing, drying, and aging, the equipment needed, and using starter cultures.
  • A guide to raising chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, with 27 recipes.  Backyard poultry have gained popularity in recent years as some municipalities loosen regulations to allow homeowners to keep coops. Raising poultry is a sustainable activity, which in relatively little space produces fresh eggs and meat.

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