We aren't quite country but we like to pretend we are. In order to help our imaginations in this we found this great book from the library. Country Life . It has beautiful photos and a nice summary of country endeavors, like chickens and pigs and canning and haying. The author came to country living later in his life and learned as he went. He writes in an easy conversational style. I am in enchanted by it!
When I did a search for a used copy, I found them running from $150 to $250. Yikes! We'll be borrowing it regularly from the library.
Even if you just have a little garden plot this book is full of information and inspiration.