Sunday, April 3, 2011

April Giveaway - Homesteading: A Back to Basics Guide

Homesteading: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Back to Basics Guides)   April Giveaway      Homesteading: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Back to Basics Guides)

One copy of:
Homesteading: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Back to Basics Guides)


Who doesn’t want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this large, fully-illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. It’s written with country lovers in mind—even those who currently live in the city.


Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or even the wilderness, there is plenty you can do to improve your life from a green perspective. Got sunlight? Start container gardening. With a few plants, fresh tomatoes, which then become canned tomato sauce, are a real option. Reduce electricity use by eating dinner by candlelight (using homemade candles, of course). Learn to use rainwater to augment water supplies. Make your own soap and hand lotion. Consider keeping chickens for the eggs. From what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning, this book offers information on anything a homesteader needs—and more. 1000 color illustrations.

A great book for beginner homesteaders!


To Enter:
Leave me a commnet and tell me how you homestead or how you plan to start.
For bonus entry: Follow me with Google Friend Connect. Leave a comment so I know you are following.
For another entry: Tweet, Facebook or Blog about the Giveaway. Please leave link per comment so I can verify.

*Make sure I am able to reach you via e-mail, either by your Profile or leaving your e-mail address in the comment.


The Rules:
*Entries will be accepted from April 3  thru April 29 2011
*Winner will be announced on April 30

156 comments:

Nancy said...

Sounds like a great giveaway, Carolyn. Thanks for visiting, commenting and following on my blog. I do appreciate it very much.

As far as homesteading -- we live on an 80-acre farm in Nebraska and do whatever we can to recycle, reuse, and plan for the future by growing or making our own food. :)

Amanda said...

Oh I love the giveaway!

We have been having our own garden for about 4 years now, and can whatever we can from there :) It's only about 1/4th an acre, but we stuff it as much as we can! We also have chickens, and a compost pile!!

~Deb~ said...

Nice blog. Sounds like a great give-away. I live on about an acre of property on the edge of a town so tiny there are NO businesses in town pop. about 100 or so. in east central Indiana. My son and I are starting our first garden in years and by far the largest this year as well as learning about chickens and beekeeping as we have plans to do both!

Tammie said...

Would love to win this as we are just getting started. I live on 7 acres, but my family owns around 30 surrounding us. We have a well, septic, and a barn already. We have had gardens in the past, but are planning to start one next week. Just read a great book by Terri Blackstock (Restoration Series) it makes doing this a smart idea.
tammiecgibbs@gmail.com

Jill said...

Living in a huge suburban area, we plan on starting out with a few hens, and a small garden :)

APRIL said...

I am a city girl but am trying to do my best at gardening, composting and recycling.

Jill said...

A happy New Follower via GFC :)

Jill said...

Posted your Giveaway on my Facebook Wall.. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=115111888568317&id=100001520207587

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APRIL said...

I am following via GFC.

psnyder said...

I am in the process of getting back to the basics - this would help me understand what I need to do & how!! grammypenny@frontier.com

psnyder said...

I am in the process of getting back to the basics - this would help me understand what I need to do & how!! grammypenny@frontier.com

psnyder said...

I'm a GFC follower!! grammypenny@frontier.com

Sarah said...

The best I can do at this point is continuing our veggie garden, although the back yard does not get enough sun. I was just talking to my grandfather on Saturday about raising chickens. He grew up on a farm. It's something I'm considering.

flmom said...

I am trying to get back into homestead mode. I'm on 1 1/2 acres and have a garden going again. Droughts are my biggest foe. I also compost, recycle/reuse, etc., but would love to kick things up another notch. (Contact email available via blog profile.)

Denise S. said...

I plan to start with a garden that actually works out this year.
lazybones344 at gmail dot com

Denise S. said...

GFC follower
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Domestic Diva said...

We do all we can -- including gardening in our tiny apartment. But we plan to move to a bigger space soon, then we can do more.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc

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Michelle said...

Wow! I never even thought of keeping chickens. That would definitely be one of the first things I would want to try!

Thanks!
Michelle
michellehall@mail.com

Michelle said...

I follow on GFC (michellechristinehall)

Thanks!
Michelle
michellehall@mail.com

Jessica said...

We just bought our house. It's 2/3 of an acre and are now exploring how we can
1. make/store our own energy
2. collect rainwater, we've ordered barrels from a guy nearby
3. started an intensive garden
4. looking into what the city codes are on whether or not we can keep bees
5. chickens will be next year
6. rabbits for meat may be the year following depending on city codes for # of animals allowed
7. I've collected items for canning. My dad's proud ;)
8. We've learned we can mae over a ton of food on our property. Our area's poverty level is insane so we've decided to go ahead and grow as much as we can so we can donate the excess to our food bank. They don't get many vegetables, even canned ones.

Jessica Barnes
danielandjessicamarried@gmail.com

Carolyn said...

I love hearing what everyone is up to! Thanks for visiting and entering!

Beth said...

I live on 10 acres and started a garden this year. I hope to can alot this summer. Enjoy living off the earth:)

Kim said...
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Kim said...

I grow and can as much of my own food as possible.
goodbuygirl69(at)yahoo(dot)com

Barbbara Jack said...

I grow my own fruits and veggies that will grow in my area.
baabra1950 at yahoo dot com

Barbbara Jack said...

I just posted a like on my facebook page to share your blog with others.
Barbara Jack.

Ellen said...

WELL, if I won, this would be a gift for my father, who is looking into and pursuing selling our house to move to a 12 acre plot of land so that we can live more closely with the earth! How awesome is that?! So I would give him that as a gift, but for me, i’m pursuing homesteading more by using all organic beauty products!

Ellen said...

I follow you now on GFC! You should follow me back at perfectisboring-ellen.blogspot.com!

Ellen said...

I tweeted about this giveaway! :)
http://twitter.com/#!/PearlsForCurls/status/55432053180735489

Deborah said...

We started growing some of our own food, and we compost as much waste as we can. I've learned how to make some cheeses and how to pickle, can, dehydrate and preserve. asthenight at gmail dot com

Deborah said...

I'm following your blog with Google Friend Connect (Deborah).

Deborah said...

I shared on Twitter by using your button: http://twitter.com/#!/AsTheNight/status/55623332330090497 .

Anonymous said...

We try to grow a lot of our own vegetables in the summer and are composting. This really interests my Husband so I'd love to win


amberhenz@yahoo.com

Lindsey said...

I container garden. My husband and I are saving money for our own house and land where we'll have a huge garden to supply most of our fruits and vegetables for the year.

Kids and Canning Jars said...

Well heck speck! I do not have this one! I would love it. Thanks for the comment on the canning jars.
Melissa

ppreacherswife said...

We are just getting in to homesteading, just bought our property to someday move on to!

jbafaith said...

I want to become more self-sufficient, so I need to be able to start utilizing the little spot of land I have. I would love to move to a bigger place, but $$ (or lack thereof) won't allow, so I just need to buckle down until I can move. Anything I can produce myself - I want to learn how!

jbafaith said...

I follow on GFC

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jbafaith said...

tweet tweet

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Helen said...

The goal is to get a house where I do as much growing of our own food in the backyard as I possibly can and then after we buy our first house I want to try to get a farmette so that I can have some chickens and we would also love to have some goats.

Helen said...

Following you on the GFC and glad to do it!

Stephany Z said...

What a great giveaway! I have always enjoyed canning, but I used produce from the farmer's market because our current home is in the national forest--not particularly conducive to gardening. Our house is entirely too big for us, and we want to downsize to a home that fits our family's needs. About two years ago, we purchased part agricultural/part wooded land in a valley and we are building a small cabin. Our budget is super tight while we are paying for both properties, but the goal is to homestead on the new property. Last summer, we had a relatively small garden plus the benefit of very productive blueberry bushes, a pear tree and grape vines. This year, our goal is to grow all of the vegetables we need for the year. We have also planted 11 heirloom apple trees and two blackberry bushes. We have much to learn, but we are excited to be making progress!
My email is mzaic@windstream.net.

Summer said...

We have small container garden this year. We also have a rain barrel and a compost pile.

Summer said...

GFC follower
Summer S.

Tina S said...

I started organic gardening last spring and have learned how to can foods as well. We made several rain barrels and have been working on a compost pile.

Autumn said...

i would like to learn how to grow and can foods. We would save a lot of money and be healthier!

aecopley at gmail dot com

Jack Palmer jcpalmer@localnet.com said...

My wife and I hovestead property that has been in our family for decades and we raise a garden every year and tap maple trees , carrying on a family tradition that has been in her family for years. Jack Palmer jcpalmer@localnet.com

Carli said...

We are in the process of building garden boxes right now, we not only want to grow our own food, but want to teach our young girls about working hard and where food comes from. Carli cjkcoupon@gmail.com

Carli said...

New GFC follower-Carli
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Cindi S World said...

WE have 3 gardens, 2 plum trees, a peach tree and a pear tree and I can and freeze everything I am able to. We are workin on rain barrels to be able to use that to water gardens. We watch our usage of electricity, water, etc. And want to implement more ways to be more self sufficient.

Cindi S World said...

I follow via google friend connect, itscindisworld at yahoo dot com

Gena said...

I currently live in an apartment but I still plant a few 'most used' garden items in my one little spot of sunshine. I grow houseplants, too. I also help with my BF's plantings. He lives in the country but travels alot. Right now, I'm not there to maintain a garden for us but we have been putting in flowers, fruit trees, nut trees... We also maintain feeders for deer, turkey and birds.

It's a start... for now.

Gena said...

Follow thru GFC: nice to meet you!

Beau said...

we want to start a compost pile

heyfrugalmommy at hotmail dot com

Beau said...

i tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/heyfrugalmommy/status/58279849890033664

Nancy said...

I'd like to start canning & planning on using the washer machine water for our lawn. nancysoffice at gmail dot com

Nancy said...

I became a GFC follower. nancysoffice at gmail dot com

Nancy said...

I shared via FB @ http://www.facebook.com/nancyscorner/posts/194020037306536. nancysoffice at gmail dot com

Latoshia said...

We have always canned and gardened, but now that we have a home with a few hillside acres, we are getting serious! Dairy goats and chickens coming sooon! hpb157@yahoo.com

Teaching Four Waitleys said...

living on 11 acres and gardening, raising animals, and would love to go off grid.

Teaching Four Waitleys said...

http://twitter.com/#!/cbarber28

tweeting

Henrietta said...

It's a dream of ours to homestead but for now we are renting. We do have access to a large yard and we put in a small garden every year to enjoy the fresh veggies an herbs of the season. I freeze extras. We also have a backyard flock of hens to savor fresh eggs!

Henrietta said...

new GFC follower!

jbafaith said...

tweet tweet

http://twitter.com/jbafaith/status/58693909521502208

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Angela said...

Well, I'd like to grow something so that my kids can see the process.

judithelenore said...

I love the idea of being self sufficient, we already grow most of our food and have goats for milk, but i would love to do more!

judithelenore(at)gmail(dot)com

judithelenore said...

i follow via GFC
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sksweeps said...

Love it! I've got solar, recycle and compost as much as possible, have lots of fruit trees and put in a reasonable sized veggie garden each summer and then can/freeze/dry as much as I can (talk about eating local) AND I started harvesting and storing rainwater a few years ago to help water my garden and trees!

sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

sksweeps said...

I'm a GFC follower

sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

Godsgalnj said...

I would love getting started on homesteading when I get married, if my future husband agrees to(I'm 19, now and am very interested in canning and other homesteading-related processes and ideas).

Godsgalnj said...

I follow you via GFC - My Google Profile name appears as Joce.

Godsgalnj said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!

http://twitter.com/Godsgalnj/status/59139309864894464

savvyshopper said...

We have an heirloom vegetable garden, compost, been canning for years... always want to learn more!

savvyshopper said...

New GFC follower, really glad I found your blog, this is my kind of stuff!

Madonna said...

I don't currently homestead but its my dream. I am saving up to buy a piece of land and then I will build a home on it and get started farming

Madonna said...

following on gfc

Anonymous said...

We just bought our first place about a month ago,it's only an acre but we are going to do everything we can with it.I plan on doing what I can with a garden this year(still have to clear brush for a permanent garden).We also hope to get some chickens soon.I'm also looking into what else we can do to homestead!

samsahm@aol.com

Alex said...

Wow. We're only trying to start a garden and recycle as much as we can. We've been trying to do a bit more and make a difference. amazing_alex.0818[at]yahoo[dot]com

Alex said...

GCF follower. Thanks for such a great giveaway. :) amazing_alex.0818[at]yahoo[dot]com

tannawings said...

I live in the city, but am from a long line of farmers- being from Iowa, well it is almost instinctive to grow your own vegetables! Last year we got lucky and finally got the lot next door-I have a garden! I compost, and recycle what cant be composted- I would love to learn more!

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tannawings said...

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tannawings said...

GFC-tannawings
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Dodi said...

I would LOVE to get this book...we are just starting out in this adventure of homsteading and living off the land God has give to us:)bnewcomer@thewavz.com

Dodi said...

I am now a gfc follower!!

carole said...

we plan on having a big garden this year so we can have fresh produce

gram122@comcast.net

carole said...

gfc follower (gram122)

Rachel said...

We're working on a garden and working our way towards more of an edible landscape!

247Mama said...

I plant a garden every year but I need to learn to can! ecarter at eplus dot net

247Mama said...

Following with GFC! See me at http://carterchaos-ecarter.blogspot.com/

ecarter at eplus dot net

Anonymous said...

We've got 6 chickens and a square foot garden, and are hoping to do more in the years to come!

muller508@comcast.net

Nina said...

My Husband and I just started our small homestead. We just recieved 26 chicks ago 2 weeks ago. They are layers. Hopefully in the future we want to get some dairy goats. We are also starting a small garden this year as well. We have lots to learn and are ready for the adventure.

Nina West said...

I am following with GFC. Visit me at http://ninapottershands.blogspot.com/

Nina West said...

I posted a link on my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/nmwest

MrsScorziello said...

My husband and I just rented an old farm house in the country and intend on getting chickens, gardening, canning, etc now, to become more self sufficient and environmentally friendly. Also planning on getting a few milk goats come fall, if all goes accordingly and he gets pin built in time :)

Dscorziello@gmail.com

MrsScorziello said...

I follow GFC

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Anonymous said...

we have grown a veggie garden, raised chickens and pigs and recycle
sherricrawford70/at/yahoo/dot/com

shelbers434 said...

this year we are planning on planting some veggies, and recycling more
snugles4433@hotmail.com
shelby

Anne said...

Hi, we just moved into a house with 2 acres, and I feel I should do more than just mow it, so we are looking into this.
ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/61380323862253569

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Jaime said...

We "homestead" in several ways, gardening, recycling and we are going to plant a orchard this year and have the chickens help keep down the bugs
copperllama at yahoo dot com

Jaime said...

new google friend
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Jaime said...

shared a tweet
http://twitter.com/Copperllama/status/61475310855659520
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Princess Golden Hair said...

my husband and I have been doing a lot of research about homesteading. We've begun growing some of our own food and we are contemplating trying our hand at raising chickens

teechbiz at gmail dot com

angieb said...

I follow u on GFC
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angieb said...

angiebestboss@gmail.com
We raise chickens and this year we are expanding our garden

Kyla said...

Oh I wanna win! I am a new follower!
Homeschooling by the Yard

Kyla said...

I am a homesteader wanna be. We are going to try a garden this year and I am super excited. I hope I win!!
Homeschooling by the Yard

The Teacher said...

We have already started a garden but need some help. this book would come in handy.
jessicajhennings@gmail.com

Jenn S. said...

We have a pretty good vegetable garden going and are thinking about composting.

jas8929 at gmail dot com

Steph said...

I would love to win this for my mom. She is always trying to find ways to homestead in her spare time!


islandgirl706@gmail.com

joyfilled said...

We live on 35 acres and have chickens, a large garden, a dairy cow, and we are trying to be as self-sufficient as possible. I've been wanting this book!

lukeandbryn at gmail dot com

joyfilled said...

I am a GFC follower

lukeandbryn AT gmail DOT com

kmogilevski said...

I started gardening and composting, but I am looking forward to learning more
allnaturalkatie at gmail dot com

kmogilevski said...

Follow you through GFC (katie, kmogilevski)
allnaturalkatie at gmail dot com

kmogilevski said...

Tweeted (http://twitter.com/#!/allnaturalkatie/status/63053109731131393)
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Tammy said...

I don't homestead but I'd like to learn how which is why I'd like to win this.

aglo said...

We put in a garden this year.

Laura Jean said...

Sounds like a great book! I just started on my herb garden yesterday after moving into my home three weeks ago. I also "recycle" old clothing by using them to make new ones!

Emmy Coffee said...

Well, I don't have a home yet, so I'm always thinking about ways to make the most out of what I use...reusing jars, cans, making large portions and freezing, etc.

Emmy Coffee said...

I'm a google friend (@emmy coffee)

Jeffery said...

There are a Lot of things we do to Recycle... I know there are more that I could learn about in the Book

shirley said...

We live in the country, and recycle alot, and grow our own chickens for eggs and garden.
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shirley said...

Follow GFC
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shirley said...

Shared on twitter -http://twitter.com/COUNTRYNEST/status/63670958401134592
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pricekay58 said...

I've had chickens before. I would like to have them again.

Miranda Ward said...

I am trying to learn how to homestead!!

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blandrews13 said...

I was just going to buy this book the other day...would love to win it! I'm planning on starting my own garden soon. We'll see how that goes.

blandrews13 said...

I follow with GFC

blandrews13 said...

http://twitter.com/#!/blandrews13/status/63768562925436928

Tweeted

mary said...

we plan to start with our own garden this year

jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

mary said...

i follow you through gfc as mary

jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

mary said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/jg4462/status/63778238010376192

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cmacaran said...

We homestead with an organic garden.

Celeste F Wills
cmacaran44@gmail.com

cmacaran said...

I followed you on GFC.

Celeste F Wills
cmacaran44@gmail.com

susansmoaks said...

i plan to start with a garden
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Amanda S. said...

I'm not sure how I plan to start...I need the book to tell me, lol. :)

Amanda S. said...

gfc follower

ani hearts japan said...

I try to do a little bit of gardening every year. It usually doesn't go so well. I seem to have a brown thumb. I would love to have this book...hopefully it could teach me a few things! :)

aniwilsonintx at hotmail dot com

ani hearts japan said...

I am now follwing on GFC as ani hearts japan.

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Heather said...

I grow a few veggies, whatever I can get going on our tiny, shady patio. Last summer I did a little canning, and I'm hoping to do more this year.

AB Smith said...

we are eating healthier and am interested learning more about homesteading!

AB Smith said...

following on GFC

AB Smith said...

http://twitter.com/2kidsblogger/status/64032678692925440

tweet

Anonymous said...

Tomatoes and peppers come the soil that we cultivate!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

degood said...

We just started our own organic garden and are getting ready to take a class about raising bees for honey and another class about raising your own chickens.

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

degood said...

I follow your blog with gfc as degood

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

Kylie said...

We are finally moving into our own home this fall and I'm looking forward to having chickens, gardens, and a compost pile again. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

Kylie said...

I'm a GFC follower. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

Gaines7 said...

I plan to homestead through my garden . Canning and recycling. I am following, liking, joining and subscribing. gainessimmons@aol.com

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...we have a large vegetable garden !

senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

brianpiero said...

senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

GFC Follower: Brian E.

Gianna said...

I want to start canning.

Gianna said...

Now following GFC.

/\Heather/\ said...

I really want some chickens!
heatherpooh (hotmail)

/\Heather/\ said...

I follow via gfc as /\Heather/\
heatherpooh (hotmail)