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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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Whatever Happened in the Book Giveaway?

I’m embarrassed, and must apologize to the folks who participated in my Yes, You Can! Holiday Giveaway at the beginning of December. In my last comment on that post, I said I’d announce the winner before my bedtime on Saturday, December 10. I can’t even remember all the reasons that didn’t happen. So many things didn’t go “just so” that I actually FORGOT about the giveaway.

Today, while scrolling through the blog, I found the post and had a panic attack. Please forgive me for the omission.

Iris suggested the name Hairy Yes, You Canary for this Yard Bird.

The Winner Is…

My judges have chosen a winner, and the winner is Iris. This is Iris’s entry:

I would name YBID0079 Hairy Yes, You Canary because every cute yellow canary needs a head full of long streaming black hair… ;)

The judges felt that Iris’s entry played to the judges most effectively. Iris actually worked the name of the book into the name she suggested for Yard Bird YBID0079! My book (my baby) and my family appreciated the thought.

About the Entries

For all who entered: Thank you so much! I loved your efforts and promised to comment on each one. Here we go:

Charlotte: My mom’s name was Charlotte. So sorry to hear about your rooster. Feathers would have made a good name for YBID0079. It is one of the most feathery Yard Birds I’ve ever seen. Of course, in my mind, that one will forever be Hairy Yes, You Canary. Incidentally, someone bought Hairy just before Christmas…

Michelle: I love the name “Little Bit.” I called my first child “Little Man” and “Smidge” for many months… long before he could tell me his favorite color.

Jennie: Mother Goose? But I’m sure YBID0051 is a boy Yard Bird ;-)

Iris: Congratulations! You won over the judges.

Cavernap: Black Spy! I read Mad Magazine for nearly 25 years. Alas, my family (the judges) did not.

Melanie: Birds are yesterday? Arachnophobes among us: be afraid!

Mark: Mark, Mark, Mark. I’m afraid, despite your warning, none of us ducked low enough. Thanks for being brave and submitting the limerick!

Jill Patterson: Heckle and Jeckle were guests at our house each Saturday morning when I was young. I enjoyed the memory, but as with Mad Magazine, my family had no similar reaction.

JeninCanada: Your suggestion of a name out of the Star Trek franchise was a long hit into center field. We all are Star Trek fans here. As a family we watched the original series, The Next Generation, and about two-thirds of Deep Space 9—all on video tapes and DVDs. Here’s the sad part: pretty much all of us dislike the Tasha Yar character and felt TNG didn’t really hit its stride until they killed her off. Sadly, she wasn’t any better later on as the spawn of a Federation/Romulan time paradox accident. (I hope you and I can still be friends).

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Yes, You Can! Holiday Giveaway

Use’s Look Inside feature to see the terrific job the art director did in designing and laying out Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too. Oh… and to get a good look at the book you might win if you enter this Holiday Giveaway!

Thank you for visiting Your Small Kitchen Garden! I love writing this blog, and I love that at least some people actually read it. In that spirit I’m giving away a copy of my book, Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too from Cool Springs Press.

I wrote Yes, You Can! last summer for people who are just starting to preserve produce—whether from their own gardens, from farmers’ markets and farm stands, or from grocery stores. Reviewers have been very kind to Yes, You Can! and (of course) I’d love to see it coach tens of thousands of gardening-, food-, and green-enthusiasts into more responsible relationships with the food chain.

Win a Signed Copy of Yes, You Can!

This giveaway has an ulterior motive: to introduce more people to Yard Birds. Here’s how it works:

I’m giving away one copy of Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too. The book’s retail value is $19.95, and I’ll cover the cost of shipping to the winner.

This is a judged contest. To enter, do the following:

1. Visit the Yard Birds store (this is a link to it)

2. Note the serial number (item number) of a Yard Bird that tickles your fancy

3. Return here and leave a comment that…

  • …includes the Yard Bird’s serial number
  • …proposes a name for the Yard Bird
  • …explains why you would give the Yard Bird that name

I was lucky to capture a photo of this small flock of Yard Birds in the artist’s yard before he sold off most of them at an annual arts festival here in Lewisburg..

How We’ll Pick the Winner

My wife and kids will select one winning entry from all the entries posted. They will read all the entries and select the one they agree is the most entertaining. Use humor, pathos, irony, wordplay… if you want to play to the audience, keep in mind that some of the judges are seriously geeky.

Our judges will not know the identities of the entrants; this is a blind judging. I’ll announce the winner on this blog as soon as the judges finish their task—probably within a day or two of the close of the contest.

Enter Now, Enter Once, Enter Again!

The Yes, You Can! Holiday Giveaway ends at midnight on December 7, 2011. We will consider only one entry per participant; if you enter more than one time, we’ll include only your LAST entry in the judging. Last entry? Sure. This contest includes an opportunity for a do-over. If, after you post your entry a much better idea pops into your head, go ahead and post another entry. We’ll enjoy all your entries, but only the very last one you post before midnight on December 7th will go to the judges… so make the last one your best!

The Prize

To be clear: I’m not giving away a Yard Bird. The prize for this giveaway is a single signed copy of my book, Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too from Cool Springs Press.

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