Traditional knowledge (TK) is knowledge, know-how, skills and practices that are developed, sustained and passed on from generation to generation within a community, often forming part of its cultural or spiritual identity.
— World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
The Traditional Knowledge on this site comprises excerpts from A Freehold Guide, written by my father, Gerald Moore, over many years while living in a rural area in Tennessee. The information has a bias toward farming communities in the southeastern United States in the 1800s and early 1900s, but also includes information from other times and places. It was not the intention of the author to capture a snapshot of a particular time and place, but rather to chronicle disappearing information from simpler times, when “Nearly everyone knew how to grow and prepare food, how to raise animals and butcher them, and how to use local resources for other daily needs.”
This guide summarizes the alternatives for life on a small farm or freehold (absolute ownership without obligation to person or organization), and it describes many ways of meeting daily needs and earning money. It was compiled from a large number of articles, discussions, books, and experiences. Older, more self-reliant ways of everyday life are described, and an effort has been made to correct errors and to delete inactive ingredients in old formulas. These methods should prove useful and self-satisfying to everyone.