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I will be covering my exploits here in the Cascades, as I try to further reduce my impact on the environment. With the same attitude, just at a higher altitude!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Keeping Chickens and Canning & Preserving book giveaway

I've been waiting for a good time to do a giveaway of these two books and this is the perfect opportunity. Since it's Urban Homesteading Giveaway Week, today's items up for grabs are the two, wonderfully pictographic books by Ashley English. As part of the Homemade Living series from Lark Books, they are a great way to start your library of homesteading books or add to it.

The first book, Keeping Chickens with Ashley English, includes detailed information from selecting a breed to where to get them, housing options, feeding, health, hatching and raising chicks and recipes. This book also includes profiles of people who have taken on the chicken-rearing challenge as well as two projects with exploded woodworking illustrations and photos: a simple nesting box and a mobile chicken tractor.



The second book, Canning & Preserving with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Make Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Chutneys & More, will inspire you to begin canning and, if you are already a canning queen (or king), get you champing at the bit in anticipation for this year's harvest.

Topics include necessary tools, canning basics, safety and ingredients as well as recipes for, well, jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys and more. She wraps it up with seasonal recipes like Fig and Thyme Jam, Beet and Sage Relish and Rhubarb and Amaretto Chutney. Ashley will help take the fear out of canning for newbies and give new spark to recipes for seasoned canners.


How to enter
If you are interested in entering the random drawing for these two books, please add your name to the comments of this post. You have until midnight PST this Friday, February 25th to enter. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

Make sure you check out Sunday's post where you can enter to win a swanky looking rain barrel I'm giving away.

Note: There are affiliate links in this post. Consider yerself warned.

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Jason said...

sounds like great books

JizzleK said...

Count me in on the drawing!

Mrs. Small House said...

I could really use the chicken book. We're hoping to get started on that this year!

Hackler Family Vacation said...

I hope I win!

Dea-chan said...

Would love to win!

LJ Porter said...

I have been looking for a canned chicken recipe!

Lori K said...

Giveaways are awesome! Thanks!

Lori said...

I've been thinking about raising chickens. This book would be helpful.

KalieW said...

Just convinced my husband LAST night after years that I need chickens. Now I need to learn! Thanks for these awesome giveaways!

Sara said...

I have been talking with my husband about having chickens for a few years now - what a great way to get started! And I already LOVE canning!
-Sara

Gabe Landes said...

I attended a chicken workshop by Ashley English. She rocks.

loridean said...

I don't have these books yet either.

afeistymom said...

Ohhhh I want both!

karinajean said...

this is the year that I decide if I should bootleg chickens into our neighborhood, or fight the man at city hall and try and change the regulations!

afeistymom said...

Ohhhh I want both!

ERay said...

These books look great! Thanks for entering me!

Cathy said...

oh awesome! 2 of my obsessions....Chickens/and Canning.

Tricia said...

Add me in please! Been wanting to check these out for some time now!

Jason said...

Looking forward to checking out the canning book! Keeping chickens would be cool too..

Jonalynn said...

Enter me in the drawing please. Both books sound great

Chelsea Wipf said...

ooh i want the canning book!

Cathy said...

Count me in please.

Olive said...

Would love these books! : )

Stephanie said...

Please please please!!

Stephanie

John Hintermaier said...

We hope to get some chickens soon.

Andrea said...

Have chickens, always looking for more info! I have never canned or preserved, would love to try. Thanks!!!

matgill4 said...

pick me!

Sweetpeas said...

My girls are begging me to get chickens, they'd be thrilled if I won these books!

urbanhomesteadmama said...

I want the self pollinating cherry tree!! Thanks for the chance to win Deanna!

Lisa Blair said...

I would be a proud owner of either of these books. Please count me in!

Justine said...

Such dreamy giveaways this week! These books are right up my alley. Thanks for entering me.

anw said...

I love the Small Measures blog, and I'm sure I'd love Ashley English's books as well!

Bryan said...

Please enter Me.

Issa said...

Both of these books look great. I'm stepping up my chicken operation and my canning efforts this year, so they're both timely, too.

erosissa@gmail.com

Linda said...

This is the year I told my husband I'm getting chickens for our yard. I could use this book!

Tim said...

I'd love the canning book!

historicstitcher said...

I get behind on my blog-reading for one week, and it turns out to be your giveaway week - it figures.

Marissa said...

Two books right up my alley! Pick me pick me!

Thanks for all the wonderful giveaways!

robin elton said...

I am still trying to talk my husband into letting get chickens... maybe this book strategically left in the bathroom as reading material would help?

Nacho Mama said...

These are great. Thanks for the opportunity!

Judy Nieslen said...

I'd love the canning book. Please add me to the draw

Anna said...

I'd have to pass along the chickens book (darn homeowner's association keeps us poultry free), but the canning book would be mine, mine, all mine!

Anne R said...

Ashley English is a maven for all things DIY!
Love her! and would love to own her books!

Darci said...

I never win anything...PICK ME!!! =)

Kathy said...

Me me me me please me me

Linda said...

Both books sound great.

k a t said...

I love Ashley English!

susan heggestad said...

Oooh! Enter, enter.
I'm working toward keeping chickens!

Jasmine said...

Please enter me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

christine said...

yes, enter me
timely with my chicken adventure starting this spring!

Maid of Star Stuff said...

I'm starting to feel greedy, but I hope I win this too!

hoboknitter said...

sounds great!

Tory said...

thanks for the opportunity!

AutumnRose said...

I'd love to win these!

Jenn T. said...

I love my chickens! Would love to win this.

Zoƫ said...

I just got started canning this summer and cannot wait until I can have my own chickens! I've had my eye on these books. Thanks!

TinaMarie said...

Wow! What a great giveaway. We just got chickens last May and are still learning about them. I also love to can and entered the county fair last year and won best in show for strawberry jam. It would be great to get some new ideas for this year. It's a tailor-made combo! Thank you for the giveaway and helping to preserve(play on words!) a homesteading way of life!

Valrico Veggie Girl said...

I hope, I hope, I hope!!!

Lesli said...

I just started canning and preserving the last couple of years, and am currently working on getting chickens allowed in the village I live in, so I'd love and use both of these books extensively! Will have to check them out either way.

Gretchen said...

I loved Keeping Chickens when I checked it out fromt he library!

Lynne said...
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Lynne Heller said...

I WANT CHICKENS! LOL

livesalone502@yahoo.com

Leigh said...

Would love to enjoy these beautiful books. Thanks for the chance to win!
(nasturtium(at)fastmail.fm)

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