It has been an awkward time at Your Small Kitchen Garden blog. Back on December 4 I posted a contest that ended on the 14th. Then I got quite involved with my dad’s life; he was planning to move out of his house on January 1st (a relatively new development), and I’m making repeated trips to Ithaca to help get the house in order. None of this was in my plans when I threw in with Angela to participate in the book giveaway.
I never expected to reach the holidays before getting the winner posted, but that’s what happened. Finally, just after Christmas, I found a clear moment to get the judges to work! Here, finally, are our observations along with our choice to win a signed copy of Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less).
Thank You for your Entries
I was pleased that so many people took the time to share their stories; you entertained the judges.
Siouxsie Spicher – Definitely reached the judges. She offered the appealing vision of teaching others, and also warmed my heart with her intent to replace grass with food. Keep on!
Rebecca – I love to hear from anyone who cooks their own food! It’s a great start, and that you’re just beginning with homesteading was compelling to all the judges.
Denise in NJ – Nice opening—trying to win over the teacher form the get-go! And, you tell a humorous but sad story that highlights the familiar truth: We so often miss opportunities even as they slap us in the face!
June Cook – The judges shivered when they read your story, and the teenaged daughter with attitude identified with the chicken story. Please thank your husband for his service to the United States.
Theresa – My brother gave his geese names such as “stewpot,” “fryer,” and “fricassee.” Kind of kept him in the spirit for where they would end up.
Sherry Herrick – From experience I can offer this: Harvest the green stuff before it bolts, pick the tomatoes before the split, and harvest the garlic before the squirrels do. No book is going to provide such wisdom!
Curt Brown – Ah, Wife! I meant that for my wife. She’s not excited about me turning the entire yard into a garden, but she’s making peace with it.
Granny Wanda – Gotta say, your name might have biased the judges favorably! All the judges admire your desire to switch away from processed foods; sooner is better.
Lisa – Yes! We have become distressingly dependent on factory food-production. You do your children a great service by teaching them self-sufficiency.
Wayne “The Subersive Hippie” Johnson – With a signature like yours, it seems you must already be leading the charge for backyard homesteading! We all love your accent.
Kula May R Ellison – Angela’s book. You’re talking about Angela’s book… which is good reading.
Sunnie – Family of seven seems about right to run a farm! Sounds a lot bigger than a backyard farm; what a grand adventure!
Amy – Maybe learning about farming before you start will save time, maybe it won’t. One sure way to learn is simply to farm!
Bonnie – An important pursuit for each of us; good luck with the self-sufficiency mission.
Patsy Bell Hobson – How nice to have the help so close at hand! We love the “yard-sharing” flavor of your situation; kids will be especially happy to contribute a “share” from your operation to their family’s dinner table.
And the Winner…
The judges selected Denise in NJ to receive the book. Thank you all again for your entries. Best of luck with your homesteading efforts.