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Book Tour Giveaway 2012

Backyard Farming Guide
Click the announcement above to visit Angela’s website and find more awesome giveaways celebrating the release of her book!

My friend in Oklahoma, Angela England, has offered a signed copy of her newly-published book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) for me to give away to one of my readers! Better than that, to celebrate her book, several bloggers and industry suppliers have provided prizes that readers can win by registering on various web sites.

Start here and leave a comment to enter my giveaway. Let me know something about your interest in backyard farming, and please make it entertaining. This IS NOT a random drawing (though other websites participating in Angela’s book release celebration may select winners for their giveaways at random). I and my family will read each comment on this post and choose one that entertains us the most. That will be the winner.

Please keep your comments “family-appropriate” and feel free to play to the judges:

  • Daniel — The gardener and food-preserver
  • Daniel’s Daughter — A typical teenager with attitude
  • Daniel’s Wife — A 3rd grade teacher in a public school

Despite our differences, the topic should still be relevant to backyard farming. Length will not be a factor; win us over in one sentence or twenty—it’s up to you.

If you leave a comment and later decide you could have done better, feel free to leave a new comment. In judging we will consider only the most recent comment you post—though we will read all the comments.

Again, the prize is a copy of Angela England’s Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) from Alpha Books—signed by Angela!

Find other giveaways related to Angela’s book launch on her website: Backyard Farming Guide

While you’re at it, participate with Backyard Farming on Facebook

In case you can’t wait for the judging, you can click the book’s cover below to order a copy on Amazon. Here’s a writeup about Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less).

This giveaway closes on December 14th, 2012. We will judge entries on the 15th and identify the winner before December 18th.

Other Book Tour Posts

Call it a book tour, launch party, networked giveaway … whatever. Here are two other blogs participating. Visit them for other chances to win. Each blog is giving away its own copy of Angela’s book, so read the rules on the other blogs; they are likely to be very different from the rules for my giveaway. Enter on all three blogs and you could win three copies of the book:


Transform your yard into a sustainable bounty of healthy food

Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less)
Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of Angela’s book but please read the instructions first! I won’t choose a winner at random, so what you say in your comment matters. If you can’t wait for the judging, click the book’s cover (above) to order a copy from Amazon.

It doesn’t take a lot of space to reap a bountiful harvest of nutritious, affordable food. With proper planning, you can grow your own fresh vegetables and fruit; raise chickens and  goats for eggs, milk, or meat; and keep bees for honey—on as little as a quarter-acre of land.

Whether your goal is to eat healthier, save money, live more sustainably, or a combination of these, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) helps you get there.  Comprehensive and detailed, it covers everything you need to know to plan, purchase, plant, raise, harvest, preserve, and enjoy your own backyard farm. Written by someone who has done exactly that, this helpful guide is packed with information, illustrations, instructions, advice, and resources. In it, you get:

  • Down-to-earth advice on acquiring land or using the space you have, plus considerations such as water access and zoning restrictions.
  • A useful primer on garden planning, including edible landscaping and container, raised bed, and vertical gardening.
  • Key information on the tools and knowledge you need to prepare your soil and plant, nurture, and protect your garden.
  • Tips on maximizing your harvest through crop rotation and succession and extending the growing season.
  • Details on cultivating dozens of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and other popular crops.
  • Startup instructions on buying and raising chickens and other poultry for eggs or meat; goats and sheep for milk, meat, or fiber; and rabbits for fiber or meat.
  • The essentials of animal care, including housing, signs and prevention of illness, breeding, milking, and shearing.
  • A year-round guide to beekeeping, with tips for acquiring a hive, keeping healthy bees, and harvesting the honey.
  • Comprehensive coverage of home preserving techniques for every type of food you grow or raise.

About Angela England

Angela England

Angela England is a freelance writer who, along with her husband and four children, cultivates a 1⁄2-acre farm in their backyard, where they raise dairy and meat goats, keep free-range chickens, and maintain a productive garden of fruits and vegetables. They started with a small garden and took on chickens, goats, bees, and fruit trees over time, eventually managing a larger plot while shedding the conveniences of urban life.

Angela is the Founder of Untrained Housewife, which guides others in the arts of rural living. She also manages and maintains the Blissfully Domestic web community and contributes to other sites and forums.

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16 Responses to “Book Tour Giveaway 2012”

  • Siouxsie Spicher:

    I would like to win this book because knowledge is power. I am currently taking my family and friends with me on our wonderful experience in becoming more self sufficient, prepared and a healthier, more alive…life. From providing my father in law his own tactical Christmas stocking with very useful preparedness gear for his car to inquiring to every parent, grandparent I can find…asking all about their experiences with root cellars and raising their own food. One book can teach me….I can teach many others. My family and probably half my friends think I am crazy for wanting a food forest in my yard instead of grass. Not really sure if I am proving them wrong or right ……I am more alive than most, I am experiencing more than most and I am enjoying more than most.

  • Rebecca:

    I’m a crazy cat lady aspiring to become a crazy homesteader lady! This would be a great help! So far I’ve only dabbled with things like home canning and I cook everything from scratch. I’ve got a long way to go. : )

  • Denise in NJ:

    I am a recently retired science teacher. My dream has been to homestead during my retirement. My family thinks I’m a crazy fool glutton for punishment. I grew up next door to my grandparents’ farm and often helped out, so you would think I’d know a thing or three about farming. Nope. My experience was limited to what my grandparents told me to do with absolutely no teaching/learning going on. In fact, after cleaning leeks and picking cherry peppers (of course I always rubbed my eyes while picking) to prepare them for market year after year, farming became a bothersome chore that I began to resent. I did however, rescue some sweet potato plants from a thinning session once and planted them in my brother’s sandbox which resulted in a single plant that produced 5 sweet potatoes – just enough for a side dish one night for my family and I was proud as a peacock at the dinner table that night. And I used my allowance once to buy 2 chicks, one of which became a snack for my dog (you mean I have to protect the chickens from other animals and they can’t live in a cardboard box?). Although I’ve tried to farm on my small lot (and I mean small – the entire lot is only 60 x 100 feet), I don’t know anywhere near enough to be successful. It makes me almost ashamed to say I come from a farming family. Oh, but it gets worse. I have a degree in biology and spent the last 6 years of my teaching career teaching it (the previous years I taught physics, chemistry, and general physical science). So you’d think I know a lot about plants and animals. No again. The state insisted that the biology curriculum include topics related to cellular biology and completely eliminates any study of plants and animals (are we raising a generation of forensic scientists?). So, 28 years after receiving my degree, I’ve forgotten most of what I’ve learned about plants and animals. As a result my efforts thus far in gardening have been less than stellar. Oh who am I kidding; I stink at farming. I usually end up with more peppers than we can possibly consume (thank goodness for a dehydrator and some canning skills learned by reading a book) but my attempts at tomatoes and cucumbers have been blighted – literally! I did manage to have some success at growing potatoes last year, but lost them all because I didn’t store them properly (the shed isn’t warm enough to keep them from freezing? Really?). In my herb garden I’ve got rosemary out the wazoo, but can’t get enough parsley for a pot of spaghetti sauce. I get a few raspberries a day to add to my morning smoothie, but not enough to make up a batch of raspberry jam. I’m obviously not doing this right, so I figure I need to do more reading to get my rump roast in gear and also to know what to look for while searching for a larger property to accomplish it since I’d like to to add chickens and goats to the mix (maybe my parents were right – I am a glutton for punishment). At any rate, if this book is as good as you say it is, it just might be my saving grace!

  • June Cook:

    Hi. I’m June, 70 yrs old, living on a homestead in interior Alaska (where it’s 40 below at the moment) and I’m getting back into self-sufficiency lately. Many years ago we had a farm in Nebraska with an acre garden, chickens and other animals. Over the years we’ve had goats, rabbits, horses … and of course cats. Still have a cat, tho this one is not a barn cat, he’s strictly my best indoor friend. In Neb, I had 3 kids to help with work, these days I’m on my own. The family memory that everyone cherishes the most is the afternoon I went out to kill a couple chickens for dinner. Chopped the head off the first with no probs (flopped a little, but not much) … chopped the head off the second and that darn chicken’s headless body chased me all over the yard, spewing blood all the while … with me dodging right and left and no matter which way I ran, it followed. My kids were on the porch just rolling with laughter. Wish someone could have taken pictures. It’s my husband’s favorite story to this day. These days my husband is bed-bound in hospital bed at home from war injury (Vietnam-era TBI) and I’m his caregiver. That’s why I’m so intent on being self-sufficient now. I treasure these twilight days we have together and want to make them as rich as possible. Thanks.

  • Teresa:

    We are working on becoming more self-sufficient. Last spring we were able to obtain some hens and a rooster. We’ve been working since then to make them a coop (we have a chicken tractor currently with nesting boxes for them). It was a blast for us to go around trying to catch them to bring them home. We should have had someone with a camera videoing us as we all hunched over chasing chickens around the yard :) After that experience my daughter said “All we need now is a cow”. I declined the cow. We have yet to actually butcher a chicken. My daughter has named them all, so we’ll see who actually gets eaten and who gets a grave stone. We planted a garden to try to grow food to can for the winter. Not really enough of anything happened to can/freeze – except we had an abundance of okra. They just kept coming and my daughter who loves okra, said “Let’s not plant so many next year”. She started getting tired of them.

  • Sherry Herrick:

    I need this book so I can hopefully stop learning so much the hard way. From splitting tomatoes, to garlic that I think the squirrels already made off with, to green leafy stuff that bolts up as tall as I am, I obviously don’t know what I’m doing. lol

  • Sherry H:

    I really need this book so I can stop learning things ‘the hard way’. From green leafy stuff that bolts as tall as I am, to splitting tomatoes, to garlic that appears to have been dug up by the squirrels already – trust me, I need the help! :)

  • Curt Brown:

    My only barrier from turning my entire yard into a big ol garden is best summed up with just one word, most often spoken with thick sarcasm from my wife -


  • Granny Wanda:

    I would love to win this book, it would help me to teach my special needs granddaughter more about the foods she eats, textures and tastes home grown verses store bought, fresh verses canned. She has texture problems, both oral and touch. I think working her with a garden would be an awesome idea and she could try things raw as well as cooked. Help her to move away from processed foods, into a real food meals, that she can help prepare.

  • Lisa:

    Being the mother of 9 children I am always looking for ways to make our dollars stretch and become a little more self reliant and self sufficient. We live on about 3/4 acre right now, but most of it is unused, or is not being used in a way that would promote our ability to care for ourselves better. I would love a copy of this book to give me ideas, help me utilize the space I have, and optimize the health of my family by being able to provide them with fresh, organic foods from our own yard. I would also like to be able to use this book to teach my children these vital skills for the future. I think as a society we are quickly ‘forgetting’ how to take care of ourselves and we are becoming entirely too dependently on grocery stores and supermarkets.

  • Wayne "The Subversive Hippie" Johnson:

    When I was a youngin’, my pappy used to tell me ’bout the good ol days of raisin’ chickens, hogs, and all sortsa veggies and the like. Now that I’s a grown man with a little piecea land to grow own, I reckon it’s high time I raise up a mess of my own grub. I’d love to win this here book, so as I can start learnin’ the ways of the farm. And, if’n you pick my name, I’d be happier than a pig in slop. @SubvrsiveHippie.

  • Kula May R Ellison:

    Hi :D WoW Your book covers a lot of ground, two acres of information into one. The herb, friuts,veggie growing tips are helpful and home preserving foods. The book is already good reading.
    Kula May :D

  • Sunnie:

    Id like to win, we jsut bought a farm and took in our three nieces and nephews, we are now a family of 7! Its been long and hard, I cant loose them. Id like to teach them better and more affordable ways of living.

  • Amy:

    I would love to win this book. We have a very small garden now (8′ by 12″) but are hoping to move to a warmer climate and have a larger garden!! I figure if we start researching now we will be prepared for our first year with a great garden. Looking forward to eating mostly our own homegrown food with the help of this book!!

  • Bonnie:

    As an underemployed, and now unemployed, older person, I have been learning self-reliance the hard way. I have been without heat or a/c since January, and have learned to cope pretty well. Even if I eventually get my furnace fixed, I will probably never set it above 55 again. I have decided to face challenges as great adventures and opportunities for learning. I just with I could roll back the clock and start learning this 30 years ago! I am looking forward to the book. Peace to all.

  • What an opportunity, I would love to win this book because I hope to transition from a backyard gardener to building a sustainable mini farm. I have less than an acre. The little boy and girl next door, 3rd and 4th grade are going to “help me” and grow a part of my garden. I love to encourage them so someday they will have their own gardens.

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