Backyard Homestead Giveaway



I’m really excited about this giveaway because it’s so near and dear to my heart!

Carleen Madigan and Storey Publishing have for years provided folks the tools and inspiration to become more self-sufficient. Many of those books focus on what you can do with a few acres of farmland. What makes this book unique is that it’s geared towards anyone with a quarter acre of land, even if it’s in the city.

She touches on keeping livestock, growing fruits, vegetables and grains, keeping bees, preserving food and much more. Want to make cheese? Brew your own cider and beer? Save seeds and start plants for the garden? It’s in here.

One thing I particularly liked about the book is at the back it has a comprehensive reference guide to point you in the direction of more information.

This is the perfect book for anyone starting out who wants to do more for themselves with a small amount of city land. As I’ve learned this year, you don’t need a 5 acre farm to become more self-sufficient. Farming, animal husbandry and self-sufficiency can happen on a small scale right in the middle of a bustling city life with small children underfoot.

This book will supply you the ideas and information you need to embark on your dream.

To enter the giveaway simply comment below and at 9 p.m., Monday, January 4 I will close the contest and use again to pick a winner.

Good luck and happy city-steading!

20 Responses to Backyard Homestead Giveaway

  1. I would love to learn more about homesteading in the city. About keeping bees especially.

  2. Oh, yes! Cheese making and food preserving are the two things that I definitely need to learn but I think I even need more help with gardening in challenging conditions: land surrounded by a conservation area with very tall trees that block the sun plus the critter problem: woodchucks :( .

    Have you ever made stuffed breads, Annette? Yesterday I made one with your 100% ww dough and it turned out divine.

    I had made a lot of cauliflower, potato, sweet potato, egg, and green pea salad with a mayo & yogurt dressing. Well, I added shredded chicken to the leftover salad and placed this mix on the dough, rolled it up and baked as a log. Oh, so good! :) Making the pitas with the rest of the dough today.

  3. I’ve had this on my wishlist forever!

  4. This book sounds wonderful!

  5. sounds like a great book!!! thanks for a great giveaway!

  6. Hey, sounds like a cool book. FYI, if you don’t win the book in the giveaway, or can’t wait to get it off your wish list, they have multiple copies at the Seattle Public Library, too.

  7. I had just added this book to my wish list two days ago

  8. That sounds like a great book! I’ve been gardening and preserving for years and am looking forward to adding other possibilities like raising chickens if they ever legalize it here in Toronto.

  9. Too funny, this book has been on my amazon wish list for a while :o )

  10. Well now I am going to have to go find a copy of this! As you know, I think every one who has even a small patch of earth – should be growing at least a portion of their regular food supply! Just my personal passion and interest.

  11. This is one on my wishlist on Paperbackswap, and at the rate it’s going I’d have to wait several years to read it (no library near me has it), so I would LOVE to win it. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  12. would love to win this book …Thanks for the chance

  13. I’d love to add this to my library. It’s on my Amazon wishlist.

  14. This book seems like it’d be a great help in trying to become more self sufficient! Thanks!

  15. Sounds like an inspiring book for the new year!

  16. Auburn – that sounds really interesting! I never would have thought to use the bread dough as a filled thing. How flat did you roll it? I have used my whole wheat pizza dough for that but never the bread dough.

    Can’t wait to announce the winner tomorrow night! And digging around for a new giveaway since this is so much fun!

  17. I had totally forgotten about your blog until recently. I had originally found a link to it on a home school board. Co-incidentally that book is one that I am very excited about. I have it on hold at the library but I am still considering obtaining my own book. I am on 1/5th of an acre. I was able to grow 187lbs last year, and this year I have a goal of 350lbs. As a lifelong vegetarian I am going to be making lots of vegetarian recipes and I am going to try my hand at some raw vegan recipes as well. Anyway, I just love the book and I love gardening and canning.

  18. I currently have this requested at the library! What a great giveaway. Thanks for your inspiring blog. : )

  19. I went to and plugged in my 18 contestants and it generated the number 18. How random is that? Anne, looks like you get the book! Thanks for playing everyone. Anne, please email me your address at annettecottrell (at) and I’ll ship it out.

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