The Homemade Living Series – BIG Giveaway

March 04, 2011, 08:50 am  Posted by Lark

Two years ago, a morsel of an idea for a book series sprung forth, fed by the growing interest in back-to-basics living and the popularity of the slow food / locavore movement, community engagement and self-reliance. Paired with Ashley English, a holistic nutritionist and skilled writer and bibliophile who left her office job to fully embrace a homesteading lifestyle, the idea immediately took off. We published Keeping Chickens and Canning & Preserving, two of the hottest trends in the movement, last Spring. One year later, we’re proud to publish the next two books in the series: Keeping Bees and Home Dairy.

Keeping a backyard beehive is a fantastic step toward championing the homegrown food movement. In HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES, Ashley shares all the nitty-gritty details and tips she’s discovered in her own beekeeping journey. Learn what questions to ask before you acquire your first package of bees; discovery the ins and outs of hive hierarchy; explore hive housing, location, and feeding requirements; get tips for how to best provide for the health and wellness of hives; learn how to extract honey; and try some mouthwatering honey-based recipes concocted and perfected in Ashley’s home kitchen.

Making your own dairy products is another one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to get a bit closer to the foods you eat. With just a few gallons of milk and some friendly bacterial cultures, you can indulge in your own artisan butter, yogurt, mozzarella, and more. In HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY, Ashley walks you through a primer on the history of home dairy-making, including all the essential tools and equipment and the ingredients involved; delectable recipes to make for family and friends; how to make your own cheese press; and even some body care recipes with dairy products featured front and center.

All of the books in the series are classic, go-to references that show how you (yes, even you!) can participate in the homemade living movement, walking you each step of the way with practical, need-to-know information; personal reflections from Ashley about her own experiences; profiles of people living this lifestyle; and unique recipes you’ll want in your cooking arsenal. Filled with just the right mix of knowledgeable guidance and friendly encouragement, the series provides you with the essential basics to start enriching your own homemade life.

To celebrate the publication of the new books in the series, we’ve got quite the giveaway for you this week: one autographed set of all four Homemade Living books: Keeping Bees, Home Dairy, Canning & Preserving, and Keeping Chickens. So, how do you enter for a chance to win this great bundle of books? Leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Friday, March 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 Wednesday, March 16. Click here for the official rules. And good luck! Congratulations to Kim Inge for being our winner!


183 Responses

    Dixdizzy says:

    I would be most excited about the chickens and the bees. I live on the edge between country and city and think these are pursuits I could manage here.

    Asheridan says:

    I especially would love to get the canning and preserving book, since I already make jam and can tomatoes from our fruit trees and vegetable garden. Would love to have some new ideas!

    Tashalouiza says:

    Oooh, keeping chickens! Supermarket eggs (even the free range ones) just aren’t as good a proper, fresh from laying, home grown eggs.

    Anonymous says:

    Since I already have a source for farm fresh eggs and local raw honey I would love the canning or dairy books! My husband I have dabbled a bit in both, but would like to do more.

    Kristi aka Fiberfool says:

    I made a few recipes from the preserve book that I checked out from my local library and enjoyed them. There are several others I’d also like to try. My husband is a big cheesemaker and I’ve been making butter semi-frequently so I’m intrigued by the dairy book as well. They all sound great though.

    Dibellaj says:

    I already own a copy of Canning & Preserving so, since I know how beautiful it is, I’d love to have a copy to give away as a gift to my mom or sister. Thanks for the chance!

    Amber Shehan says:

    I’m so excited…I love supporting local communities, and Ashley and Lark Crafts are both in my Asheville circle! I am super-excited to read the Keeping Bees. I have an infused honey business, and have chatted honey and chickens with Ashley before. I look forward to having my own hives!

    Joanna says:

    I’ve already started canning and preserving, but would love a better resource than the Ball book — and we’re getting ready for chickens too! We are very excited about doing as much as we can to make a homemade life on our little city lot.

    Brandi Rinks says:

    I am so excited about Keeping Chickens! We had chickens when I was a child and now I can’t wait to have my own! I know there is a strong backyard chicken community in Asheville and I would love to join it!

    Carlin says:

    These books are gorgeous. I would love to see them sitting on my bookshelf. For Christmas I was given a preserving kit, and would really enjoy reading Ashley’s words of wisdom on the subject. Her blog is so enjoyable.

    Gillwatson says:

    I’d love to read the dairy book! I dabble in family history and I’ve found cheesemakers on both sides of my family!!

    Autumn says:

    i’ve checked out the canning book from the library many times, but am very excited to check out home dairy!

    Christine says:

    What an incredible contest! I’ve had my eye on all of these titles, but I think I’m most excited about the Home Dairy book… I’ve made butter and would love to expand to making my own cheese and yogurt. Sounds very do-able for my tiny urban apartment. But I think my boyfriend would be most excited about the Keeping Bees book… he loves his honey and if he could get it from his own backyard hive he’d be in heaven :)

    Ash says:

    This is so awesome!! I was just looking at her books online. I’m truly excited about all her books, but I have to say the keeping bee’s got me looking, I’m totally fascinated by it!

    Andrea Hull says:

    i’ve had my eye on these books for a long time – the home dairy book especially! i’ve made some cottage cheese in the past but would LOVE to try out more types. such a great series lark books!

    Cat K. says:

    I love these! I have Canning & Preserving (though if I won, I would certainly gift my spare to a good friend), and I’m most excited about Home Dairy! Looking forward to delving into chickens soon too!

    Shelby L. says:

    Would love to have these books! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jessica says:

    Oooh! I love Ashley English…I already own the preserves book, but would LOVE the book about keeping chickens as that’s whats next on the docket. Crossing my fingers! :)

    Amber says:

    So excited about the new additions to this series! At this point in my life (living in a 450 sq. ft. studio with no outside space) I am most excited about the Canning & Preserving and Home Dairy books. Despite the small space, I am learning to live sustainably and these books would be an awesome addition to that endeavor.

    TeriC says:

    Canning and Chickens top the list. Finally we have expanded our yard and each of our daughters will be picking out a pair of chicks in the coming weeks to inhabit it. The excitement id rampant this week, and the book would make a great bedtime addition.

    Lindsay Sews says:

    Canning and preserving–I’d love to learn if I have the patience to take up this hobby!

    Mrs.Miller says:

    The Home Dairy book is exactly what I’ve been searching for to make my own cheeses and yogurt. We have moved to a farm and are anxious to go ‘whole hog’ into the lifestyle! Bee keeping, canning our organic veggies, and then chickens. Could life get any better than that?

    Kat says:

    I don’t think I can choose just one! I’m really excited about all of these books!

    Little Bluebell (Adrianne) says:

    My husband tells me everyday he wants to keep chickens in the backyard. We live smack dab in the middle of suburbia. He’s tells me it’s possible. I would love to read and share the Keeping Chickens book with my husband.

    Sharlyngp says:

    I think the volume I would most enjoy receiving is Home Dairy. I’ve done canning and freezing, and I just can’t visualize myself raising chickens. I have tried making cheese. The first time, it was great. The second time, let’s just say not so great. I didn’t have much in the way of directions, so I’d love to try again!

    Colleen says:

    I am most excited about the raising chickens book! I really would love too get a few. thanks!

    Chris says:

    My brother and I would love to bee keep – so I am most excited about that book.

    Jenny says:

    What a great giveaway, thank you! I am most excited to check out the dairy book. I’ve tried my hand at making yogurt before, and would love to find out more.

    Anna Blanch says:

    I would love to have this whole collection – i think i’m especially interested in the dairy and the bee books (those are the two i know least about!

    Gabrielle says:

    It is a running joke among my friends that together we have all the skills needed to survive an apocalypse… lets just say I know a lot of organic farmers, midwives and scientists. I love to sew and cook and this year I made shoes, so obviously I fit right in with these crazy wonderful people. But what would our brave new world be like without cheese?? The Dairy book please! Although I think we really need all of these books in our library.

    Hannah says:

    I’d really enjoy one of your books… So the opportunity to win the bundle sounds wonderful! :) as a dietitian, foodie and lover of all things hand-made, I’d enjoy reading and making all the goodies bundled inside your books. Many thanks for the opportunity, Hannah

    brado says:

    My shelves are itching for these titles. Thanks very much for an exciting giveaway!

    LindaSchiffer says:

    My grandfather and father were beekeepers … that would be quite a challenge for me to master, living in suburbia as I do! :) Still, the idea sticks and I’d love to read this book’s advice.
    :) Linda

    bees and canning! ok, and making cheese… i already have some chickens and a mean old rooster. very exciting.

    Catherine says:

    I would love the canning& preserving book as it’s something I am very interested in learning about. My husband would be thrilled to own the chickens book since he’s been itching to add some animals to our yard. :)

    Lizzywarren says:

    Every morning I walk my dogs past this fantastic house with beautiful gardens, happy chickens, and two busy bee hives. And every morning I wish I could to the same thing, but wouldn’t know where to begin. Hopefully this set of books will help me do just that.

    Jennifer says:

    I think these books ROCK and I would love to have any of them, esp. the Canning & Preserving. Some day, I will own all of them. :)

    Faryn says:

    yes please! All of them!

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    Kristina Mercedes says:

    Yay for giveaways!! I’m particularly excited for the Beekeeping book…the hubby and I are starting with our first hive this spring! We could use all the help we can get :)

    Elissamh says:

    Every Summer I tell myself it is time to learn how to can for real, no more of these “refrigerator pickles”. But Keeping Bees, Chickens and having a Home Dairy, it all sounds like a wonderful place to live. Hope it is all in my future.

    Jessica says:

    I live with my mom, so keeping bees and chickens are out of the question right now, but I confess that those are still the ones I want the most!

    michellemalette says:

    I have to say I’m excited by all four. Sooner than later I plan to try each. Chickens aren’t allowed in our urban area at the moment by we are working to advocate & change that! The most useful one at the moment…. probably a toss up between the preserving and the dairy. Thanks for the chance to win! I’m a big fan!!

    Briar says:

    Love these books!! Now that beekeeping is legal in NYC, I’d love to learn how to do it!

    RachelFox says:

    I loved Ashely English’s blog, Small Measure, so I know I’ll love Keeping Chickens. My husband had chickens as a child, and we can’t wait to have our own chickens. Especially for our child to have the experience. This book will be a great start!

    Lara says:

    I would love a copy of the Keeping Chickens book, but I think at some point I’m going to need them all!

    Jeangm says:

    I’ve just discovered these books, and am particularly interested in Keeping Bees. We are planning on getting a hive or 2 this spring. Last year we got chickens who have just starting laying for us, I’ve recently started making mozzarella, and I’m ready to branch out beyond canning tomatoes to making jams this year. So the entire set would be put to good use!

    Jennifer says:

    I’m most excited about keeping bees. Having honey on hand all the time would bee wonderful!

    FarmgirlCyn says:

    Would love the one on Dairy….canning would be nice, too!

    Kathryn Z says:

    I am most looking forward to sinking my teeth into Keeping Chickens (on a rooftop in the big, bad city you say?) and the Home Dairy. It’s about time that people started bringing the homesteading arts back to the city!

    Kate Francis says:

    I’m doing my best to convince my husband we need a goat…. the written word is my back up!

    Froggerfreak says:

    Keeping Bees is the best!!!

    sally says:

    The bee book! We’re planning to set up hives soon and I want this book so badly! :) But really, they all would thrill me…we have chickens, I can seasonally, and we’re getting goats as soon as my husband finishes up the fencing!

    Danna BC says:

    I’d love the homemade dairy book, who doesn’t want to learn to make their own yogurt? :D

    southernese says:

    I am looking forward to the books on Canning & Preserving and Keeping Chickens. I have raised Guinea fowl previously and should like a good reference for home.

    Cafabfam says:

    Woot! Here is hoping I win your wonderful books!

    smiller says:

    do i have to choose!? canning and chickens are amazing, thank you chicago public library. would love to add this series to my home library.

    Melanie J. says:

    Commenting! I’m most excited to get Home Dairy, but looking forward to owning all someday. Ashley rules!

    Keeping Chickens would be awesome! It’s something I plan to do soon.

    booksNyarn says:

    This entire set looks wonderful! As I just took a beekeeping class last spring, Keeping Bees would definitely top the list!

    I’m so excited for the bee book! I hope to keep bees soon and it would be a great reference.

    justval says:

    Oh my gosh, those books are fantastic! My husband and I are building a small off the grid home. I plan to have chickens, goats, bees and a huge organic farm. The two books I am most excited about are the bees ( for pollinating my garden and fruit trees) and the chickens. I plan to have a bright pink hen house for my girls! They should have flair too!

    Carla says:

    May I say our family would be excited to have all of these books? We enjoy Ashley’s style of writing (books and blog) and are slowly creating a small urban farm around our home. My husband is very into canning and preserving and is looking forward to making good use of the produce from our garden and young backyard orchard and his next project is chickens. I started making butter and yogurt last summer and would love to learn more about home dairy-making. Bees are next on my to-do list!

    Annie Thompson says:

    Man… I don’t know which one I would want more… the home dairy looks amazing and I’ve been looking for a good book to work on my own cheese-making, buttermaking, etc.! And I love to can and preserve… and we’ve been wanting to get chickens – even got the coop built last year!

    Jenny Can Can! says:

    Ohh I would LOVE all of them…But MOSTLY the Canning & Preserving Book!

    They are all great books. I am really curious to check out the Home Dairy one as I have not seen it at the Book Store yet.

    Charmincarmen says:

    It’s a tough choice! I think Home Dairy is atop my list- i’ve had an urge to make my own yogurt. Yay!

    Kate says:

    After much deliberation, I think the Home Dairy book is at the top of my list. Keeping Bees & Chickens are high on the interest list, but not as feasible right now.

    Susan says:

    Canning is my choice….thanks

    Suzanne says:

    I would love to get my hands on the Home Dairy book. I have just recently started making my own butter and really want to branch out and try some other dairy items.

    Jessica says:

    They all look amazing!

    Clara Janecka says:

    Home Dairy!

    Remily says:

    Home Dairy! I just began getting milk from a local farm…. I make butter, whip cream but want to go on!

    Kristinlmarsh says:

    I’ve been following Ashley’s blog for over a year and her recipes are the best, so though it is hard to pick one, I’d go with canning…

    Terri says:

    LOVE the canning book!

    Sarah says:

    These books look like great resources!

    I so love Ashley’s books and her blog. They’ve been a huge inspiration for me in starting my own homestead! She’s also been a bit of a writing mentor to me even as she was having her son. Thanks Ashley! Looking forward to reading them all over and over again.

    Stampalina says:

    It’s a tie between the home dairy or the keeping bees book. I can’t choose! :)

    Viggie says:

    Awesome! Someones gonna be very lucky.

    Anonymous says:

    Keeping Bees is a book I’m looking forward to. I’d love to have more resources to read from real life experiences before we go out and get our hive.

    This would definitely be a very nice addition to our library…

    Darlarshannon says:

    This looks wonderful. Would love to win these books.

    melhuss says:

    I would be most excited to own the Canning book. I recently got into it this summer and don’t have any reference materials on my shelves. However, at some point in my life I’d like to be able to know all of those skills (especially home dairy!)!

    Megdoran80 says:

    Awesome giveaway! I would like to know more about keeping bees.

    mommy2jj says:

    I would love to win these books! A great addition to my library.

    Iris says:

    they all look so interesting but the chicken one intrigues me most… thanks for the chance

    Kim Inge says:

    I want to win these sooooooo bad! I already have chickens, & have tired a few cheese making & canning, but would love to learn more! I’m very interested in bees, but a little scared & would love to know more about them! Please pick me!!!!!!

    I’ve checked these books out from the library and they are all terrific, and beautifully designed. I’d love to win the set. We are moving soon and my husband and I have agreed that when we are settled in we’ll be getting some chickens.

    Wow, what a great selection of books. My husband and I have been thinking about raising some chickens so that book would come in really handy.

    Tiredmom812 says:

    I would be most excited to win the canning and the chicken books. I have a large yard and want to utilize it.

    Anonymous says:

    Got chickens, can’t do milk or bees, love to can, so canning it is!

    Shannon says:

    I would love to own all of these books! My husband is currently serving in the military and in just a few more years we are approaching his retirement. When that happens, we will be moving to a nice chunk of land and living the most self-sustaining lifestyle we can. All of these books would be a good addition to our collections of books on living this way and doing it ourselves.

    Margy says:

    Our little peeps are growing under the heat lamp in the garage as I type. Love their song! We’ve had ducks for about 5 years. Now we’re branching into chickens. We also garden and can as much as possible… I did a 24-hour canning spree last fall to put up 200 pounds of gleaners tomatoes that needed to be used ASAP.

    Wednesdayjunester says:

    The bees book, we really want to do bees

    They all look fantastic! Actually, the one on canning is currently in my Amazon basket. I guess I’ll wait until the 17th to see if I need to buy it!

    Krisandnat says:

    I have been wanting all her books. I am interested in all and would put them to good use.:D

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Armadillomail says:

    I would LOVE these books, they are on my Amazon wishlist. I really want to reed Keeping Bees because I dream of having my own hive. Maybe I can talk my friend into letting me put some on her 2 acres hmmmm . . . .

    Rebecca hanson says:

    Thanks for the chance. I’ve already gotten into some canning, but I’m hoping that there might be chickens in our not-so-distant future.

    Kristin says:

    I would be so thrilled to own the canning and preserving book as it is something that I have wanted to try for a while now.

    Angela says:

    Someday I will own a goat…I need the Home Dairy book! Love Ashley English and all her musings!

    Tanya says:

    Canning and Preserving is on my wishlist, but Keeping Bees is not there. yet…..

    Devon H says:

    I am excited for the homemade dairy book! I would love to learn how to make cheese at home. And the canning book is definitely on my want list. :-)

    Jess says:

    I can’t even bear to think of how excited I am about these books! I am slightly obsessed with canning but can’t wait to read about keeping bees!

    Teruska says:

    I already LOVE the canning book ~ hoping to win at the county fair! But, I would really like to be able to put these books into circulation at the Clinton Community Library. That would be a real win for my entire community.

    Amberj_ says:

    I am interested in them all, but especially the canning book!! I just started canning last summer and I love it.

    chicksnsticks says:

    I checked out “Keeping Chickens” from my local library last fall and started plans for a coop! This morning we’re taking the kids to pick out chicks for our first flock! After we master chicken keeping, bees are next on the list! They’ll help pollinate our big garden, giving me lots of home-grown produce to can and preserve!

    Brenda says:

    I would LOVE all the books. My chicks come in April, bees come in May, cows or goats to follow. These books would be a great resource.

    Heather Lewis says:

    Saw these books in Lark’s window yesterday – look fabulous. Reading the descriptions on Amazon, I want them all, but I’ve always wanted to make my own cheese for a while so the dairy one is the most intriguing.

    Mary D. says:

    I think all of the books are great. I would like to have the Dairy book especially as I am wanting to make more kinds of cheese. I also like the Canning and Preserving book. I want to share with my daughters, hoping I can get them involved more in sustaining a lifestyle.

    Virginia says:

    The thought off living of the land is so appealing. I would love to learn how to truly run my own little farm on my land. All of these books would be amazing resources, especially the bee book. I have no experience in this area and we use honey like crazy!

    Jenny Bec says:

    All of these books sound right up my alley. Right now I have a serious bee in my bonnet, if you will, to start a hive. I’m a canner from way back but making cheese is only ujst now working its way into my idea of possibility. Thanks for writing them and thanks for the giveaway.

    Tempe says:

    They all look amazing. Right now, I think my space is best suited to the canning book. Good luck everyone!

    Zoe says:

    Have been keeping my eye on the Dairy book myself… But hey, thet all look great.

    cori says:

    What a great idea for a giveaway. Thank you. I love to gardening and love chickens

    Patricia S. says:

    I’m so excited for these books! I’d love to have any and all of these for my collection….especially the Home Dairy one!!!! I tried my hand making cheese with a friend and it was so fun when the curds started stretching and turning to mozzarella! I’m hooked now but I need help! Also, chickens and canning are also now a big part of our lives, with bees hopefully in the future and I love the content, format and graphics of these books. Thanks so much to Ashley for writing these and sharing her knowledge with the world and for Lark books for giving them out!

    againes says:

    I need these books!

    Rebecca says:

    I am most excited for all of them :D Perhaps the Dairy and canning ones the most, but all!

    Vickiewhalen2000 says:

    I love everything that has to do with being self reliant. I wish I could do bees, but scared because I’m so allergic. I have chickens, and lately I’ve been want to make homemade cottage cheese for my 83 yr. old friend. She says all the time they don’t make it like moma use too. How exciting!

    Crystal says:

    I’m excited for all of them, but especially the one on raising chickens, since that is our next adventure. :)

    FiberBungalow says:

    Back to the basics…I love it! Everyone should have these books to pass on to our children!

    Toni Van Buhler says:

    Someday I’d like to have my own chickens and/or be a backyard bee-keeper. Keeping Bees and Keeping Chickens would both be great additions to my personal resource library :-)

    Maegan says:

    oh i would love to start canning and making cheeses! imagine the quality of food you could produce from your kitchen, what a great give away!

    Jenny says:

    Love her books! Her blog is great too. Thanks for the chance to win the whole set.

    Gosh all these books sound wonderful. If I won the Keeping Bees I’d gift it to my dear friend who has bees, and Keeping Chickens I’d give to my husband. Canning & Preserving I’d want to use at once. Home Dairy would be amazing too. Yes just any one would be grand. All my friends and family would get home made cheeses and preserves for holiday gifts forever.

    Danielle says:

    I would love to add these books to our farm library!

    Selina says:

    Any of these books would be wonderful to win! We are gearing up for a big move within the next year and I will finally have the space for the little farm I’ve always dreamed of. However, I know very little about any of these subjects and I have a limited amount of time to learn. These would be a great help! Thanks for the giveaway. mrskoreski (at) gmail (dot) com

    Ohhh, I want to learn all about chickens!! I would LOVE to own this book, now that I live in the country. Please, please, pick me!! : )

    Taryn says:

    Oooh what fun! I really want the canning and preserving book. My gram used to fill the cellar with pickles, tomatoes, etc. and I never did get to learn…

    AliciaJacobs says:

    I am most excited to own Canning & Preserving, but I would really love the whole series! I like to do some canning and I want to learn to make Jelly, every time I have tried it has been a failure! Perhaps a book would help ;) aliciamjacobs@gmail.com

    Terikens says:

    Wow!! What a great Idea for a book series! We have bee’s and chickens, and I can almost everything we grow. Next we are thinking about raising goats for diary. So the diary book is awesome! I am a fulltime potter and make crocks and bottles to use for diary and would love to see what that book offers. Good luck on the books, I know they will be a hit! Take care, Terri Kennedy

    Kayci says:

    I wouldn’t know which one to pick! I would love all of them! I am a beginning chicken keeper, and would also love to learn how to keep bees, mini dairy goats and preserve the harvest from my garden this year.

    Lindsey says:

    What a great set of books. I have the canning preserving book and we own chickens. I have been thinking that bees would be fun to try, but a little inimidated… that book could be very interesting!

    Nicolette says:

    I would love the beekeeping book especially. With the shortage of honey bees in recent years I’ve become pretty interested in what it takes to keep a hive and about the honeymaking process.

    Shinyshanie says:

    Ooh I am VERY excited about Canning and preserving. We have ben gardening now for a few years and canning a bit more every year! Also our city is in the process of allowing city dwellers to keep chickens! WE are also VERY excited about this!!

    Patty Hicks says:

    What a great series these would be to own for anyone wanting to be more self sufficient…like me! I’ve been wanting to learn more about chickens and rebooting preserving the harvest here at our house…these would make an awesome support for those efforts. Exciting!

    Mail2thebrowns says:

    All four books are wonderful! I would love to have any one of them but all four would be awesome. This weekend at the NC/SC spring bee keepers meeting, several of the vendors had the Keeping Bees book and my husband wanted to get one but we didn’t. March 12 & 13, we will be helping with the Buncombe County Bee school at the Folk Art Center, maybe Ashley English will stop by. I do have a slight chicken problem, one of my bantum hens has started eating other chickens’ eggs, maybe Keeping Chickens has some suggestions to correct this behavior. I love canning and use my grandmother’s 1950′s pressure cooker…I really need the Home Dairy book so I can make by own butter.

    Mellibee says:

    It’s hard to pick just one – but I already keep bees, have a large flock of chickens and learned to can last year. I still need to learn so much more about what I’m already doing – but I’m also very interested in the homemade dairy book. We have goats on our property for milk but have been thinking about getting a cow or two!

    jennifer says:

    I would love to know more about preserving and canning!

    Rachel Linquist says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! I have dabbled in canning and dairy (yogurt making), and would love to know more about both. Thanks!

    Katie says:

    Home Dairy is literally something that never occured to me – how awesome would it be to make your own butter or cheese?!

    I love this type of giveaway! “Home Dairy and Keeping Chickens would be my choices! Peace and Blessings!

    Kelandis says:

    All four sound fantastic!! But dairy and bees have got to top the list–I am in love with the idea of making my own cheese at home! Cottage cheese, cream cheese, cheddar, swiss…yes please! And how cool would it be to have your own supply of local honey? I’ve heard this can help reduce your allergies too–sign me up!

    Kristin says:

    I would really love to read the “Home Dairy” book. Our family has two dairy cows, so it would come in handy! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Jules says:

    Just saw the other day that the two new books were released, and I’m so excited! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making cheese, and my husband has been talking to a few local beekeepers about getting his own hive. And I love Ashley’s blog and her approach to life…looks like these books are a great starting point!

    Clare Stiles says:

    Back to basics is the way to go for a healthier frugal future. These books look amazing and a chance to help everyone get started!

    Clare Stiles says:

    Oh, Canning and preserving and keeping chickens would be my choice to aid my home made home!

    Trish says:

    I have one chicken left after a visit from foxes. Would love to get more, but need ideas for a new secure house, and also more economical ways to feed them -the possums keep breaking in and eating her pellets!

    The ol' Chicken Ranch says:

    I bought acreage this summer. 1.68 acres, used to be a chicken farm 50 years ago. My goal is mini-homestead. I’ve started canning this fall with a batch of apple butter, next year may I use my own apples from these neglected trees. The posts are in for the chicken yard. A couple small goats would sure help regain control of the brambles. I would love to add all of your books to my reference shelf!

    StingerB says:

    Looks like a great series. I am particularly interested in the Canning and Preserving as well as Keeping Bees. Thanks for getting these books out!

    Seth says:

    All four would be great for my farm! But we do get our bees next month!

    Whitneylaw says:

    Wow all four look great. I live in an apartment now and can mostly only dream. But I am studying up for when I am finally able to do everything in these books.

    Lizzie says:

    I think this series looks lovely, and I am particularly interested in the canning and preserving one – one of my passions that I can always use another resource on!

    Hollymapper says:

    What fun! As fellow beekeeper and backyard duck and turkey minder, these books would fit right in on our coffee table! Great job!

    Catherine says:

    What a great sounding series! “Canning and Preserving” and “Keeping Chickens” would be great for us. We have a big family and live in an area with a lot of farms. All of the books sound great, but those two would be immediately useful. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Danni77girl says:

    Any of the books would be great for me we have recently started trying to have a simpler life i have begun a garden recently got come chickens i would love the canning book so i can learn how to start canning

    Nichole2203 says:

    Ohh I would love the chicken and canning books. They’re both things I have been thinking about doing for years, but have no idea how!

    Wow! I think these were written for me! My husband and I have recently been talking about getting a few hens for the backyard and garden, so I would definitely love Keeping Chickens. What a fabulous giveaway!

    ms.jen.ward[at]gmail (dot) com

    Great collection of books, would love to be considered for this fantastic giveaway!!!

    Theresa F says:

    I’d love to win.

    Bbmarie says:

    These books seem to be great! sign me up for a chance in the giveaway!

    http://www.greenkitchen.com says:

    I live on a ran@h and could use all these resources.

    Fabulous giveaway!

    Blamo45 says:

    I look forward to reading this series. I grew up urban farming. My father kept bees in the metro Detroit area. One of the best part of growing up was taking a tasty chunk of honeycomb to lunch.

    Stitchybritt says:

    We have been watching a lot of River Cottage and truly love the principles of a sustainable life. All these books would be well read in our house

    I would love to have the canning and preserving book if I won (although all are great- and I have been also pondering bee-keeping), because I really wish I knew how. I love homesteading and I am always excited to get a chance to check out a new book to improve my skills, learn something new and feel as if I am living life, not just purchasing mass-produced things. Thanks for the opportunity to win the entire series. That is awesome.

    Am_crittenden says:

    I would love to add all of these books to my collection! It is my dream to someday have a backyard homestead.

    Laken says:

    I would love to have all of the books.. but I’m most interested in Home Dairy!

    Laura says:

    I would love to have any and all of these books in my collection!! I just learned to can last fall and would learn a LOT more from “Canning and Preserving” but “Home Dairy” looks amazing as well!

    Cozette says:

    I’m super excited about “Home Dairy” and “Keeping Chickens”. My husband and I just bought our first house on two acres of land and we’re excited about becoming more food independent. I’m looking forward to starting a garden and getting our first little chicks! In the meantime, I need to do some serious reading! All the books in the series will be very helpful for us as we begin this new journey.

    My ultimate dream is to raise chickens, have a garden, and generally be less dependent on supermarkets and mainstream ways of eating. I desperately want to grow my own food & can all those summer goodies. These books would be an amazing start!

    Anonymous says:

    Chickens! I need the chicken book! And the dairy! Oh, I need them all. Except bees. I’m allergic to bees and we live in the bear-infested woods. (But on the other hand, that might make the thing a little more adventurous)…

    Michele says:

    These all look amazing! Thanks for giving us all a chance to win this awesome giveaway!

    I LOVE looking through books on preservation – and especially beautiful ones. I know you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I love the look of this series so much! I’m sure the inside is as beautiful as the cover, and I would love to own them all!

    Chickens, chickens, chickens! We’re about to move to the country and I’m trying to persuade hubby dearest… Laura

    Vntgowl says:

    Keeping Bees! I’ve been waiting on this book’s release since last year, after seeing a mention of it on the Short Street Cakes blog. I have grand plans of being the best bee charmer this side of the TN state line.

    I’m trying to can at 7000 ft. Also already planning to keep bees and make cheese. I need these.

    Maggie O says:

    Chickens, bees, cows, fruits and veggies…I want them all plus Ashley’s books to show me how to care for and use them the right way! Thanks for the chance to win!

    J. Miller says:

    They all sound great. don’t think my HOA would appreciate the cows. (:

    meganwf says:

    We have had chickens for a few years, I can tomato soup and applesauce, we just started with bees and I TRY to make our own yogurt but boy do I have a lot to learn! It is hard to find easy to read current books on the subject and I’d love to be chosen to receive these important books. Thanks! megan (at) frasers (dot) org

    Jen says:

    Oo oo, pick me pick me! I’ve been looking at these in the window of Lark, wishing I could buy them. Thanks for having the contest.

    Stephanie Dietz says:

    I would LOVE to win these books. i am a chef and it’s important to me to know where my food comes from, and even better when i’ve made key ingredients myself! i’m really interested in starting my own hive, so keeping bees would definitely come in handy for me. thanks!

    Shannon says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love to start canning at home and my husband wants bees (I already let him get chickens). These books would be a great inspiration!

    I have the Keeping Chickens book (in preparation of getting chickens this spring!) and it’s quite good. I’d really like to check out the home dairy book. Mmm…cheese and yogurt…

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