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Giveaway tonight

Window display at Secret Garden Books

If you’ve read our book, you’ll know that our food community means a lot to us. Now that the book is out, it’s been a great pleasure to find myself part of a community of writers, as well. A group of us Ballard authors (Ballard is a neighborhood in Seattle) have rallied around our last remaining independent bookstore and formed a collective. Our mission: to protect a beloved bookstore from the ravages of the economy, and to make friends and market our books as a group. We’re quite a mixed bag, being a self-selected group. But I’ve been surprised and delighted to discover the breadth of talent within this small neighborhood. Tonight, many of us authors will gather between 7 and 8 pm to sign books.

I’m giving away a free copy of The Urban Farm Handbook to promote this group and our adopted bookstore. A few other authors from the collective have offered to join this giveaway, so the size of the prize is growing! By the end of the evening, the prize may include enough books that you could complete all your holiday shopping in one move! To enter for a chance to win, stop by Secret Garden Books in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood between 7 and 8 pm tonight and say “hi.” If you buy a book written by ANY of the Ballard authors present at this evening’s event, your name gets entered twice! We’ll draw a name at 8 and if you’re not around, you can pick up the books at your leisure. A great way to support a local bookstore and meet a bunch of authors, all in one room.

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!

Reading List

The other night I stayed up oh so late adding a new resource page, my reading list. I’ve been meaning to do this since starting this blog in early January (along with bringing much of my early resources and discoveries from the old free blog, over to this one.)

Around 2 a.m. I finished my list of titles along with brilliant and witty critiques of each one (in my weary mind it was brilliant) and just as I hit send we lost internet connection.

I was a little heartbroken but I’ve started re-writing that page in the stolen moments I’ve managed to find this week.

If you are looking for books to teach you how to preserve, to garden, to raise chickens, or to prepare food from scratch that will be a good list for you. Come spring I hope to expand it with meat chickens or rabbits and honey bees. In the meantime I’ll keep plugging through my most (or least) cherished titles so that I can point you in the right direction or spare you.