Homemade Living Interview & Giveaway

October 04, 2010, 09:00 am  Posted by Lark

Around here we just can’t say enough good things about our Homemade Living series. We launched earlier this year with Canning & Preserving and Keeping Chickens. Brimming with useful information, gorgeous photos, and the I’m-right-there-with-you voice of author Ashley English, the series celebrates the sustainable food movement in a beautiful, useful way. Okay, as the Editor on the series I admit that I might be particularly smitten with the books because of my own involvement in their development. But I assure that you, too, will fall under the Homemade Living spell.

Learn a lot more more about the series, including detailed summaries and a couple lovely sample spreads from the first two books in this earlier blog post.

We’ve got quite the giveaway for you this week: autographed copies of each of the two Homemade Living books, Canning & Preserving and Keeping Chickens, as well as a perfectly swoon-worthy handcrafted jar of Cardamom Apple Butter made and canned by Ashley herself.

So, how do you enter for a chance to win this great bundle of goodies? Leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Monday, October 11. Any comment is fine, but you’re welcome to leave a comment letting us know which of these books you’re most excited to own — and why. One winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday, October 14. Click here for the official rules. And good luck! Congratulations to Sasha Addams on winning the giveaway! Keep coming back to the blog for more great giveaways and content.

I recently sat down with Ashley and asked her a few questions about her approach to living and encouraging a handmade life. The answers are both enlightening and inspiring.


“For me, homemade living is anything that involves a hands-on, tactile approach. That might manifest as making your own yogurt, canning some jam from fruit you grew, picked, or purchased nearby, gathering eggs from your own flock of birds, or crafting homespun gifts. Essentially, homemade living is a purposeful, mindful, directed, and inherently involved approach to living one’s life.”


“I hope that people find a friendly, approachable voice, ready to guide them along their own ‘homemade living’ adventures. I want folks to see that my life isn’t perfect, that I make plenty of mistakes and encounter snafus along the way. Life is messy and wild and spirited and full of hope and promise. I want people to sense that in the voice I use in my series, and to not shy away because of a feeling of needing to achieve perfection.”


“Find literature and friends to support you in your journey. Networking in my direct community with fellow bee-keepers and chicken-tenderers and canners and other DIY-ers has been an absolute godsend. No one is an island, nor should they be. Literature from folks who have been there and direct interaction with people who can offer advice definitely expedites the learning curve, and makes everything feel that less daunting.”

If you’d like to know more about Ashley, check out her wonderful blog Small Measure and her regular column on popular site Design*Sponge. Keep your eyes open for the next two books in the Homemade Living Series, Home Dairy and Keeping Bees, coming in March.


194 Responses

    Emillie says:

    Would love to win!


    Krista says:

    I love the canning book but I don’t own it yet. Keep the great books coming. :)

    Traci says:

    What a wonderful post to wake up to. I would love to read both of these books! I grew up with canned food in our cupboards, fish that my dad caught in the freezer and knew only that hamburger, steak and pork came from what was raised at my grandma’s house. I love that I was lucky enough to have been raised that way and do all I can to raise my children that way. We don’t eat red meat and I’m not lucky enough to be able to raise chickens BUT I try to do my best in all other areas. Reading books like this ALWAYS encourage me to keep doing what I’m trying to teach my children. I can’t wait to pick up a copy! My mouth is watering for that Apple Butter!

    Julie says:

    This is such a great giveaway!! I would be most excited to win canning and preserving because Ashley always has the best, mouth watering foods pictured on her “small measure” blog and I bet her book is full of wonderful recipes and ideas :-)

    my e-mail is juliealley96@yahoo.ca

    ecogrrl says:

    As I’m all about the homemade living, I’ve been helping others get more homemade themselves, and would love to provide the gift of these books to a dear friend of mine who is just getting started in this direction (well okay I’ll keep the chicken book for myself). However also I love the quality of the actual book – recycled paper and binding and the like, as a book lover, I’m seriously impressed of how lovely the book was put together as well!

    Elizabeth says:

    Can’t wait for the next two books in this series – I’m particularly interested in the beekeeping book.

    DarcC says:

    I am a follower of Ashley’s blog and would love to read the books too! I am an emerging homesteader, slowly bringing back an antique house and overgrown former-farm.

    Amanda says:

    I’m looking forward to the canning and preserving book. I’ve just started canning my own foods, and can use all the help I can get!

    mackenzie says:

    I’ve checked both these books out from my library and immediately added them to my wishlist. We don’t have room to keep chickens yet (we’re renters), but I am psyched for the day when we can….

    Christina says:

    I love these books! I read Ashley’s blog and already got my local library to buy the books. But I know they deserve a permanent place on my bookshelf. I am also planning to make them a go-to gift for friends. They’re just so good!

    unsightly says:

    I used Ashley’s canning book as my primer for my first year of canning, and it was wonderful! I’m really looking forward to her beekeeping book!

    Maggie O says:

    I just exhausted my renewals from the library for “Keeping Chickens” and made my first attempt at home canning and preserving with Ashley’s delicious peach lavender butter just weeks ago. I would treasure copies of both books. I also can’t wait for Beekeeping and Home Dairy. Thanks Ashley and Lark!

    ElleRoss says:

    I was just looking at these in the bookstore, would love to have them!

    Dsklamer says:

    I follow Ashley’s blog and her canning book inspired me to start canning again after a long sabbatical. Her blog topics have given me a fresh burst of energy to finish renovating the 70+ yr old house we live and to pursue a more green way of living. Can’t wait to read the chicken book and learn more.

    jen says:

    Love the blog, can’t wait to check out the books!
    My husband and I would one day love to keep chickens when we get a bit of land.

    So, so want the Canning & Preserving book!

    Marian715 says:

    I just tried canning for the first time, and I’d love to learn more!

    Echoeve says:

    I have to be honest, I don’t know which one I would like best, because I want them both.
    I was going to add them to my Christmas list. I really really really want the chicken one, then I can’t help but want the canning one as well.
    What’s a girl to do……

    Thanks for the chance to win them,
    Echo Kirkland

    LaToya says:

    This is a great giveaway! I truly enjoy reading Ashley’s blog and her column on Design Sponge, she is apart of my daily reads on the web. I am excited to get my hands on the Canning & Preserving book because I’m looking forward to a well stocked pantry of goodies this fall and winter season.

    Elizabeth says:

    I’m very interested in both books – they’ve both been recommended to me multiple times. However, I have a particular interest in the _Keeping Chickens_ book as my spouse and I are hoping to start raising some next year! I’m an academic and like to do a lot of research before making a move. These books would be perfect!

    MSUHusbye says:

    I really enjoyed the Canning and Preserving book and would love to read through the chickens book – and bees! So excited for the bee keeping book to be released!

    Christine says:

    Ooh, I found this giveaway via Ashley’s blog and I’m so excited to enter! I’d particularly love to get my hands on a copy of the Canning & Preserving book– I have a very tiny kitchen on the 3rd floor of an urban apartment building… but have been eyeing books and resources on canning for months now! Now I just need to muster up the courage to get started…

    Meg says:

    Ashley is pretty much my hero. I love that she admits to the ‘snafus’ that plague us all. Thanks for the giveaway, I’d love to pour over both of these gorgeous books!

    Gretchen says:

    We just got a flock of chickens a few months ago, and I’ve checked out the public library’s copy of Keeping Chickens at least twice during that time. In fact, I have both of these books checked out right now! I’d love to have my own copies, and I’m sure the library would be happy to get theirs back!

    liane says:

    i’d love these books. i can and i have chickens. they’d come in handy, both. i am a regular reader of ashley’s blog and appreciate it always.

    Joy says:

    I’m looking forward to starting a flock of chickens for our family and would love the chance to read all of Ashley’s insights on the topic!

    hallie says:

    how do i choose which book? i can’t. i love the canning and preserving volume(i’ve checked it out of the library) but, i really want to learn about keeping chickens too. so both, i want both!!!! and the apple butter is just the icing on the cake.

    Heidi says:

    I would love both of them, but especially Keeping Chickens. I don’t have chickens yet, but I hope to someday. The book is gorgeous to look at AND practical and informative. Love it!

    june says:

    Cardamom and apples, delicious!! I would love to be lucky enough to win that canning and preseerving book…

    Thiscosylife says:

    I would love to have the canning and preserving book!

    Tracy says:

    I can’t choose because both titles are great! I’ve been raising chickens for a year now and this past summer I’ve just begun doing some canning.

    Brandi Rinks says:

    I love Ashley’s blog! Her take on living is so refreshing, and she very sweetly gave me advice on a stray rooster that was living at my apartment. I’d love to learn more about keeping chickens for when I have a house of my own!

    Bridget says:

    OOOOHHHH! I have had Ashley’s canning and preserving book on my wish list for a while now. I love reading her blog and column on Design Sponge and have recently gotten into canning myself. Fingers crossed for this one!

    Jessica says:

    my city of Providence, RI has just passed a law that allows the raising of chickens, i’d love to learn more!

    Taylorgirl6 says:

    We’ve had chickens for a year, but this was our first summer of canning our own produce. What fun!

    Eirejones says:

    Both of these books hugely interest me. I’ve just started canning/preserving, and hope to keep chickens next spring! This weekend I made apple butter and canned pears (both for the first times), I also made home made yogurt. I have fond memories of making pickles during my childhood.

    SewLindaAnn says:

    I would love to win the “chicken” book. I live in a suburb now, but I’m hoping (really, really hoping) that when my son gets into college I can move somewhere without the rules and have some chickens of my own. My husband doesn’t know it yet, but I want a goat and cow too.

    Stephanie says:

    I already own her canning book so I’d love to own it’s companion!

    Wendy says:

    oh I have had the canning book on my wish list for awhile. I love the look of these books – well loved right out of the box.

    Wanda says:

    If I’m to be completely honest, I am most excited about Ashley’s new books on dairy and bee keeping, and I plan to buy both of those. But I would also love to have the complete collection, so winning this prize would be just awesome!

    Lisa says:

    I would love love the canning book. I’m a regular reader of her Small Measure blog and a strong promoter of the local food movement. I would love to learn more about how I can make my farmers market finds last by canning and preserving them!

    Annie says:

    Well, I have checked out both from my library and enjoyed them a lot! Seeing as how I can’t keep chickens in my city at this time, I’d probably get more “use” out of the preserving book for now. But, I’d love both! I do plan on living more of a rural life as soon as our family gets the chance!

    Heather says:

    Most honestly I’d most like to win that apple butter, but maybe with the books I can make my own!

    Shannon says:

    I would love to especially own the canning book because I really want to learn to can! My first couple attempts were fairly dreadful!

    Tam1329 says:

    I would love to add those books to my personal library. I plan to start my first flock of chickens next spring. Apple butter-YUM!

    Faye says:

    I would love these books! I already can a lot, and could use some inspiring new recipes. I dream of having chickens one day (and bees – can’t wait for that book to come out, as well!)!

    Kendall Potter says:

    I love her blog! What a great giveaway!

    SueM says:

    We are hoping to have chickens next year so I need to do some reading and researching this winter!!!!

    Penny says:

    I read her blog daily and have learned a great deal from Ashley. I requested my library purchase her books and have found them very helpful.

    I saw at the local Tractor Supply they are marking down canners and all the supplies. Winning this giveaway (especially the canning book) would be wonderfully helpful as I am eager to learn to can.

    I have a small flock of hens and will be raising more chicks next spring. Chickens are great!

    Cfathke says:

    Husband’s green thumb + wife who is the granddaughter of canner = chaos in the kitchen. We need a guide! I am particualry interested in the canning/preserving book but would love to own both of these books. I want to pass the skills I learn on to my children and the community I work in (I work in a underserved community health clinic). My hope is one day EVERYONE (including my underserved community) will at least own a patch of land to grow things on and feed themselves with!

    Rachel L. says:

    I lurk on her site pretty much every other day. She’s introduced me to design*sponge, Lost Bird Found, and so many things that I can do myself it’s amazing. I really would like to have a copy of her Canning and Preserving ’cause all I’ve ever made is jam, and I want to branch out into other things. Thanks so much!

    deborah rabbon says:

    i heart ashley english!!! her chickie book made me get chickens! i NEEEEEEEEEEEEED the Canning & Preserving book to complete my collection…& of course i cant start canning w/out it ;)
    PS. PICK ME!!! PICK ME!!!

    Sarah says:

    I got “Canning and Preserving” from the library and put by a TON of peach butter, tomatoes, and pear chutney! The book was beautiful and easy to follow and the recipes were delicious- I would say Ashley maybe likes cloves a little more than I do, so I left them out in most recipes.

    I had to bring it back to the library so I’d love to win this package!
    You can see pictures of my canning efforts at http://www.broodandswarm.blogspot.com

    Oh goodness, what a great opportunity! I pulled both these books out of the library a while back, and didn’t want to ever return them! I’d make use of the Preserving book first, as I’m apartment bound another year, while the Chickens book is such an excellent resource for late next year, when I pray I’ll be in an area zoned for livestock…crossing fingers for this giveaway, and thanks!

    Stephanie says:

    My city finally passed an ordinance allowing residents to keep chickens! I’m very excited & want to learn all I can before diving in… :)

    Stampalina says:

    I love these 2 books, especially Keeping Chickens because I’m raising 2 Dominiques myself with plans for more next Spring. Also looking forward to the bee book so I can get a hive going!

    equisetaceae says:

    although my city is currently re-examining it’s ‘no chicken’ policy (perhaps there will be chickens in my future!), I’m the most interested in the canning book. there’s nothing better than being able to have a taste of summer in the dead of the winter!

    Lollipopmoon says:

    wow what a wonderful giveaway. I was thinking of trying to make preserves for the first time, lets hope I win so I make something edible!

    JFadiman says:

    Oooh…I would love to share this giveaway with my sister-in-law. She’s raising chickens and just this year I’ve started canning as well as other forms of food preservation!

    erica says:

    Wow! What a great deal. I would love the canning book for myself, and if I got the chicken book, I have plenty of friends to gift it too. Either way, I’d be thrilled.

    Jennifer says:

    I would love to own the Keeping Chickens book – I plan to put a coop out back next Spring!

    Melissa says:

    I read Ashley’s blog and she has got me really excited to start canning more. I’m not in a position to have chickens yet, but someday! Would love to get her books and her apple butter.

    Christina says:

    Pick me me me me me me meee please! I already have “Canning & Preserving” but would give the other copy away to a friend to spread the immense amount of great information Ashley shares, and maybe keep the “Keeping Chickens” book for myself, as I plan on keeping chickens when my husband and I buy a home!!

    dee says:

    I would love to win these books, with the future possibility of chickens running the the yard and the canner boiling away. Ashely is so talented…keep the books coming!

    Kristi says:

    I would love these books! I am hoping to try canning/preserving next year!

    Sarah T says:

    I would love love love to win these books, Ashely is a homemade living genius! Currently my township’s laws prohibit chickens, but I am hoping that will change soon. If not in this house, than the next! I have always wanted to start canning too, but am confused as to where to even begin, these books would be perfect!

    Nina says:

    I love these books. (I checked them out at our public library.) I love to can and I love chickens and I love apple butter. Please pick me. (Then I’ll love you, too.)

    Michelle says:

    This books seem like they would be great reads! I am wanting to start canning and preserving and think I might have to invest in her books.

    Michelle says:

    I’d love to get my hands on the Canning book. It’d be great to can my goodies from my local co-op. And I love Ashley’s blog!

    Anduin says:

    I have heard wonderful things about these books. I was just thinking I’d like to send the chicken book to my friend who is contemplating starting to raise chickens. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Kelly says:

    I’ve been wanting both books, but especially the canning book. Thank you for the giveaway and I can’t wait to check out the home dairy bee keeping books!

    Jasmeen says:

    I’d love to have the keeping chicken book. I’ve been trying to convince my husband to raise chickens.

    hi there — yes, please, i’d love to win — the preserving book makes more sense, as i can’t have chickens where i rent now…but i’m still intrigued. and oh, that apple butter!

    yes, please! the preserving book would be best for me (and i’ve been putting up quite a bit this summer), as i can’t keep chickens where i rent now…but i’m intrigued! and oh, my, that apple butter! thanks!

    farmerbee says:

    oh yes! would love to add both to my collection.

    and yum..apple butter!

    Meliscal77 says:

    wow! i have both in my amazon cart right now as a *hint* to my husband! i’d love either :)

    nell says:

    i already bought canning and preserving but would adore the other for myself and gladly give canning a preserving as a gift. i appreciate the thought that went into these books and the fact that they’re gorgeous doesn’t hurt either!

    Lauren says:

    Wow, I’ve always wanted to have chickens! It looks like this would get us well on our way.

    Sacha Johnson says:

    The cardamom apple sauce in Ashley English’s canning and preserving book is wonderful. And I really enjoyed the piece about the history of canning. I never knew.

    Salexander14 says:

    I would enjoy the keeping chickens book. My next door neighbors have three in the cutest chicken house ever. I saw a new egg shaped chicken house on Face Book today and I would like to get one and start raising my own chickens in my back yard now. I grew up in the country and want to reclaim some of those childhood methods of living and producing foodstuffs.

    Raehobo says:

    I would love the canning book, I want to begin canning sooo badly and the recipes look delicious!!

    Leigh says:

    I want to try the butter!

    Hannah says:

    I would love to have copies of these books to try out the recipes!

    allison says:

    i would love the chicken book. i had pet chickens as a little girl, and i really want some now.

    Jen says:

    I want both of the books!!! And the cardamom apple butter!!

    Planning on starting my own little homestead (hopefully next year) and could use as many resources as I can gather! And who wouldn’t love some homemade foodstuffs!!

    Heather says:

    I would love to have them both! I have read both books more than once from the library, and am putting in my garden and getting chickens this spring. They’d be awesome to have for reference! I really enjoy Ashley’s blog too.

    Jan says:

    My hubby and I are heading back to our roots, buying an acreage, and attempting to recall our memories of being raised on the farm. Both of Ashley’s books would be a godsend for clearing out the cobwebs…not to mention our folks would love us not picking their brains quite so much. :) Thanks so much for the opportunity!

    Saludafarmgirl says:

    I would love to have both. I love reading Ashley’s blog!

    Shaiha says:

    I would love to win the book on canning. We just bought a house and are planning a garden so we want to learn with canning.

    Stacie Lynn says:

    I would love to own the “Keeping Chickens” book! I have grown up with chickens my whole life and it would be nice to see Ashey’s point of view…I love her blog!

    Doris Murai says:

    I am most interested in the canning book but there are chickens where I work and I was just asking my husband about keeping chickens. I learned how to can this summer from a co-worker’s wife – I’ve been buying their fruit for them for a couple of years and finally asked to learn how to can them.

    Jen says:

    Someday I’d like chickens, but I’d love a copy of the canning book to add to my collection and inspire later projects!

    Afreckledlip says:

    I would love to have these books in my library. I just started canning this year and would love the addition of the canning book.

    Ashtree says:

    I just bought Canning and Preserving for a friend and I’d love to have a copy myself! I also plan to have my own chickens someday so the Chickens book will be an excellent reference. Thanks!

    Leannecoppola says:

    I am the owner of the canning book and read the chicken book from the library. But would still LOVE to win this so I can pass them on as gifts. LOVE LOVE LOVE these books. As a book designer, I emailed Ashley directly to tell her how beautiful the design is too!

    Vickie says:

    I would love to have the canning book! I love Ashley’s posts – her post on cookbooks so far is my fave and I know she is a kindred spirit – my husband thought maybe it was about me! Chickens are in my future so the chicken book would be great too but the canning I will use right away.

    joanna says:

    I think Ashley’s canning book would be most helpful to me now, but we’re hoping for our own flock someday – so both books would be awesome!

    Kristin says:

    I’m excited about the Chicken book because I hope someday have my own flock.

    LadyA says:

    Newbie urban homesteader with high hopes for canning and chickens… need all the help I can get ;) Ashley and Jenna Woginrich are leading the way for recovering perfectionists who really want to change the way they live but have been too terrified to try… until now.

    Leigh says:

    Both of Ashley’s Homemade Living books would be an asset to my adventures in canning and chicken raising! Her Small Measures blog has inspired me to chase my dream of the simple lovely handmade homemade lifestyle!

    Pattisoriginals says:

    The Canning and Preserving book looks great. I just bought a pressure canner and am looking for new ways to use it. I would love this book.

    Amanda says:

    Both of these books would be awesome additions to my library, but I would love to have the Keeping Chickens on my shelf. I’m just beginning my research raising my own flock and this would be a great starting point!

    Awbaas says:

    Loaned the canning book from the library all summer, but it finally had to get returned. LOVE the recipes and would LOVE to own it!

    Darla says:

    Super close but I think I’d be excited to nail canning first, then try my hand at raising chickens, so I’d have to say Canning and Preserving! Yay!

    Jessica says:

    Canning and Preserving, please! Want to make use of all the Alaskan berries we pick!

    Kathleen says:

    Would be excited about both books…and that apple butter – yum!

    Hillary says:

    Definitely would love to have Canning & Preserving, as I live in a condo and can’t keep chickens. The cardamom apple butter sounds amazing…

    pestkaj says:

    I would like to win the canning book, but am sure the chicken one would be fascinating!

    felix says:

    Pickles, love to get a recipe to rival Nana’s, could this be one?

    diane says:

    love to have the canning book. i would love to try my hand at some new recipes.Its been a while since i made a relish. lost my good recipe some where in time. Diane

    justval says:

    Keeping Chickens, that is the book for me. I would love to have a bunch of little girls pecking away in my yard. Sophie,
    Lola and Rosie are the names for my future little chickens.

    Molly says:

    I’m most excited about the canning book. After a few years’ hiatus, I’ve started canning again, and I love reading canning recipe books for inspiration!

    Amy Leach says:

    I’d love to win the canning book.

    Barbara says:

    I would definitely use the canning book and have a dear friend to whom I would give the chicken book!

    Amber says:

    I’m interested most in the canning book but I was thinking about getting the chicken book for my father in law because he’s been thinking about doing this lately.

    Missy Whalen says:

    I have both of these books on my wish list! For myself, I would love, love, love the canning and preserving book. I have a friend who just bought a farm (literally!) and is moving there at the first of the year after retiring from the VA…and her dream it to raise chickens! I would love to give her the keeping chickens book! Thanks for the great give away!!

    Diana says:

    I would love to have the Canning and Preserving book! Unfotunately keeping chickens is illegal in my neck of the woods.

    Liz says:

    I don’t know if I can choose which book I’d like to have more! I’m hoping to get chickens in the next year and I’m excited to start making preserves from our lychee tree…

    Jmance77 says:

    Both of these books look fantastic. I have a friend who just started raising chickens and I would love to give her the Keeping Chickens book and I think the Canning and Preserving book would make a great addition to my collection.

    Laura says:

    I’ve been looking at the canning book for a while, but have been holding off on purchasing until I find another job. I make my own sauce, among other things, and want to do large batches and store them. I hope to own chickens in the future so, really, both would be great to have.

    Samantha says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! I would especially love to own the canning book, I’ve been using all the recipes I have from my mother and grandmother, but would be really excited to try out Ashley’s. I think that they’d have a more modern palette and would be a great way to add variety to what I add to the pantry.

    The book on Canning and Preserving would definitely come in handy with cutting household food bills back. Thank you for the chance to win.

    We recently moved up North in Canada to a very secluded community. Although we are one step closer to getting our own home, I am stuck in an apartment for a few months longer. I am just dreaming of the day when I can finally have my own backyard flock of chickens! The city I lived in previously wouldn’t allow chickens, despite our constant lobbying of the city council. That is why I would love to dream away the next few cold winter months over a book about chickens! And a book about canning would be superb when I can finally get my garden up and running again!

    Cat K. says:

    I love Canning & Preserving, and I just started canning my own things. And I would love another copy to send to a friend. I think I am as obsessed with cardamom as Ashley is, so I’m dying to try the apple butter. Mmm.

    Anna says:

    I’ve just started canning my own jams and butters, so the canning book is very covetable. However, we’re also spending the winter preparing and planning our first chicken coop, so the chicken book is just as desired. I’m torn!

    Zillah says:

    I love everything about “Keeping Chickens” and even though I don’t have any actual chickens yet…my dreams are (very) slowly becoming a reality! I’d love to gift these to a friend who has some clucking ladies in her yard and a drool-worthy garden just begging to be canned.

    Chppie says:

    I was able to check out the canning book from the library and enjoyed it as a good read and also a practical guide. I make some of my own things – yogurt, bread but am not a consistent preserver. I think that will need to be my new focus. Can’t wait to see the new books in the series this Spring! Chickens are a maybe in the future for us.

    steph says:

    I have some chicken books, but haven’t read this one. I’m interested in both, but MOST interested in the canning and preserving book. My grandmother lives 8 hours away and neither of us has grown enough this year to can anything. Well, I’ve grown a lot of green tomatoes that the chickens love to eat, which works out because we get eggs and the chickens get happy. But next year… I want to learn more so I can pass the knowledge on. So much info that used to be known by everyone is harder to find…

    I would like both, I want to teach my grown up daughters how to live like my grandmother did.

    Laura says:

    I have the canning book and LOVE it…since I’m about to get the chicklins’ would love to have the Chicken book!!.I would also pass the new canning book on to someone deserving!

    Chatbuencon says:

    I like both but if only one should be given, I prefer canning & preserving because I want to learn & know more about it. Thanks so much if you could give me the opportunity to have it.

    Colleen says:

    I would love to win either, but if I had to pick I would pick the Chicken book! Thanks for a great giveaway.

    Chris says:

    Thanks for a wonderful giveway. I would love the canning and preserving as I would like to learn to do that.

    Chatbuencon says:

    I came to know your website & I like it. But sad thing, your contest is within the US only. How i wish like me in the Philippines could join also. If not now, I wish later on it would be possible. Thanks.

    Marsy says:

    I just started canning this year, so I am devouring all of the new books out there! Would love to get a chance to add this one to the knowledge base!

    hettie says:

    i started canning this year to pay homage to my wonderful mama nelle (grandmother) would introduced me to pear preserves, an abundance of jellies, and canned veggies growing up; and also, to pay homage to my bountiful garden that i (and others..) will be able to embrace throughout the next year. as an asheville resident, i have become a quick fan of ashleys and her blog, small measures, and would love to enjoy her books, too. thanks for this WONDERFUL oppurtunity!

    muffin says:

    I have to be honest, I would love them both!!

    thanks for the chance to win!!

    I grew up watching my mother can the fall harvest fruits as a child. However, as she is no longer here, I never did learn how to do it. It would be nice to learn how to can fruits and vegetables. I’ve got the Ball jars… just need the knowledge. Thanks!

    Maar04 says:

    Honestly either would be wonderful! I have 7 baby chicks and just moved onto a farm with an orchard so the canning book would be great also!

    Ann says:

    Would love both, but we bought a house that has apple, pear and peach trees and we haven’t yet prserved any of the fruit.

    Sharonnz says:

    Would also love both but we’re unable to keep chickens in our current rental. Love the look of these;-)

    Kaye says:

    I know I would enjoy reading both; always interested in how other people are “making do” in these times. I do a lot of preserving, so the canning/preserving book would be of particular interest.

    Cat Curran says:

    I love both of these. Her style and the format of the books are so great. I even had the library I work at buy them. I would love to own both, but if I had to choose I think the food preservation one would be most useful to my life. Great giveaway!!!

    Amy says:

    Both of these books look great, but I would have to say that the raising chickens book would be my pick. I know quite a bit about canning, but relatively little on raising chickens!

    Kellylgeer says:

    Canning is a new pastime for me–am loving seeing the beautiful reminders of the summer harvest waiting in my pantry to be enjoyed this winter…..would love adding a copy of the canning/preserving book to my library–it would be my pick….cannot wait for the beekeeping book to come out!

    I am interested in both actually. I don’t think chickens are really practical to have in my big city apartment but I dream of one day moving to the country, becoming a full-time potter and enjoying a quieter life.

    Victoria says:

    I’d be most excited to get my hands on the Canning and Preserving book. I worked on a farm this season and in addition to learning all about how food grows (it’s amazing how disconnected we can be from our food supply), I’ve been learning the art of canning the harvest. Any help and new ideas would be welcome in my little kitchen!

    Erin says:

    I got Canning and Preserving out of the library this summer and absolutely loved it. I was literally licking peach lavender butter off the canning utensils when I was done. What a great introduction to the art of canning!

    Bergerfamily says:

    I love both books. I love my chickens too, so Keeping Chickens is my favorite so far! It’s nice to know I have a friend in my enthusiasm for my girls! Looking forward to the Home Dairy book.

    Marinscott Art says:

    Just starting gardening and can not wait to get into canning. Thanks!

    Mandy says:

    Oh how wonderful. I’m taking the leap into keeping chickens this next spring and I’m sure there is plenty of valuable information in these books. I’m gonna have to check em out!

    Mcbailey22 says:

    I can and I raise chickens and I would love these books – thank you for your offer…..

    Rebecca says:

    My mom has always been big on caning and I’ve lately become more interested in taking up the past-time. The canning & preserving book would be a big help and give us both new canning ideas :) Plus I think raising chickens would be great fun too!

    i’d love to have either of those books – we’re hoping to get chickens next spring and i’ve dabbled in canning but i know there is so much more for me to learn!

    Shannon says:

    I’m hoping to have chickens in the next year and I’ve only ever made one batch of jam, under supervision. I’m just getting started and could really use the advice on homesteading.

    AMF101580 says:

    I started gardening again and now am interested in getting some chickens in the spring. I own Keeping Chickens and it was a wonderful book, it has helped me choose which breed will be right for me. Looking forward to owning the other book as well one day. Keep them coming Ashley English!

    Mycoolart says:

    As I’m getting into more and more of “doing it myself” these books would be fabulous to have.

    Bairdcaitlin121 says:

    I have nine healthy layers….but I’ve just started gardening and I would love to learn how to can!

    Oh i can’t wait to see the keeping bees book! i have wanted to keep bees for a while now. I’d be most excited to own the canning & preserving book. my best friend started canning this year and i can’t wait to learn and try it out.

    I love this series, especially the canning and preserving book as I have started canning recently – this time without the guidance from my mother.

    Courtney F. says:

    I’ve had these books on my wish list ever since I saw them featured on Design*Sponge! Please enter me! :)

    Carmen says:

    This would be a good incentive to finally start canning. I have wanted to for some time.

    Kay says:

    I would love to have the books. The canning one is great – I saw it at the library and made the peach-lavender butter. My daughter and I would enjoy having the chicken one because we have plenty of chickens on our “Fantasy Farm”!

    Michele says:

    Ah! I follow Ashley’s blog and have been coveting the books for months! (Especially Canning and Preserving, which I plan on getting if I’m not lucky enough to win this blog.)
    My great granny always canned and I want so badly to have row after beautiful row of freshly canned goods like she did.

    (crossing my fingers!)

    Pollysgarden says:

    I am really interested in this chickens book. (Polly)

    jules says:

    I’m just starting out with our garden plots, and don’t know how to can yet, so the canning book sounds just lovely. I don’t keep chickens, but it sure sounds interesting too. I’d love to win either of these!

    Leigh says:

    Cardamom Apple Butter, oh my! Would love to have both books, but the one on canning would be particularly fun and useful for me right now. Thank you!

    Helen says:

    Well, I need to get the chicken book for my husband’s birthday at the end of the month, and the canning one is way overdue at the library. So it seems that I need both these books! Thanks!

    Jessica says:

    I’ve been dying to read both of these books, but I’m completely obsessed with chickens. CHICKENS!

    NL says:

    Would love, love, love to win both of these books! I’m in the process of “rewilding” myself and canning is next on my list followed by city chickens…

    Carlin Reagan says:

    I petted Canning and Preserving at the bookstore, but had to leave it on the shelf. I’ve followed Ashley’s blog for ages- she’s amazing. I’d live Canning and Preserving, as I’m not quite ready for chickens yet. (But someday I will be!)

    Pinkantlercakes says:

    I want to can and preserve everything! That way I’d just live off my pantry all winter long, savoring the flavors of summer!

    Eileen says:

    Love Ashley’s blog, and would love to learn to can and preserve!

    TF says:

    These look delicious! I’ve always been interested in the idea of working with your own food, and these books look helpful.

    Alicia says:

    I would be most excited to own the canning book – I enjoy canning and perhaps this would be the motivation to do more! looks like so much fun!

    Nancy says:

    I grew up with chickens but have recently delved into the world of canning. I would love a how-to book and new recipes to try! The Canning and Preserving book would be a great way to further explore canning.

    Annie says:

    As I’m currently an apartment dweller, the Canning & Preserving book looks most exciting to me. Ask me in 3 years when I hopefully have a house, and I may say the Keeping Chickens one!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win them!! :-)

    Mommaraelee says:

    i most wish to read canning and preserving. i have just stepped into these waters and am excited to learn more. ashley is such a wealth of information and it is such a gift that she is sharing with the rest of us!

    Dawn says:

    I would love to learn more about canning and preserving as part of my journey towards a more homemade lifestyle…I’ve been reading Ashley’s blog for over a year now and it was a major spark that helped ignite my passion for a greener more homemade existance, a passion that has led to a recent move from Scotland to Arizona…the journey continues with the exciting addition of a baby on the way and I need all the how to books I can get my hands on! Thanks for the opportunity to maybe win :)

    Esthermeulenkamp says:

    when i read Ashley,s blog i always regret that i,m currently living in the city,but then i realize that i can bring gorgeous countryliving to the city! Not only by reaing her excellent books but by trying it all by myself also..

    Nkam1 says:

    I would love to learn more about canning!

    Lindsey says:

    I would love to have these two books! I am a newbie with chickens, so am especially interested in that one. thanks for the opportunity to win!!

    Carmen Lee says:

    I just found this site via a circuitous route from other blogs and am in love with the way these books are presented! As a new backyard chicken owner, I am very interested in reading the book on chickens especially!

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    Grendelskin says:

    I’d love to peruse both books. We’ve done some freezing from the garden and started canning but haven’t gone beyond tomatoes and pickles. We live on a former chicken farm and have talked about keeping them for many years but we’re daunted by the birds of prey, foxes and other threats in our area.

    Megan says:

    I want to win! Any way to get copies autographed by Nugget too?

    Natalia says:

    I would be devouring both books as I am equally called to both. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

    fillups says:

    I would really appreciate reading this information from the “approachable voice” standpoint you’ve highlighted. I’d love to learn this skills but have a hard time getting past the beginning, snafu-filled stage! Thanks for the chance to win as well!

    Vkj215 says:

    I would love to receive both of these books, but especially the one on canning and preserving. Unfortunately, I don’t have the room for chickens right now, but I’ve really gotten into canning!

    Jess says:

    I’d be most excited to win the book on keeping chickens since I don’t know much about it, but want to learn! And pass on any information I learn to other chicken newbies. Thanks for the chance to win! Jess

    Kate in NY says:

    Silly me – I left a comment on your “regular” blog – maybe it’s too late now, but I just love your two books (got em from the library) and would love to have my very own copies!

    Dulcimer Hope says:

    Ooh, I’d love to add these books to my library (and try the apple butter)!

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