***Giveaway is over***
Well, it's about time we had this discussion.
I promise I won't be long about it because after all, you and I have A LOT of work to do.
I want to tell you for a minute why I think country living is so important. I grew up farming and at the time I didn't much care for it. I didn't see the importance of raising animals, breeding livestock, tending a garden, and just plain workin' hard day-in and day-out. I just wanted to be like all the other kids who got to go to Disneyland and play every Saturday. Instead I got to clip hooves, fix fence, weed the garden, and when a day of hard work was finished, go swim in the creek. Oh, that was great fun! We were blessed to live on a creek and get to go fishing whenever we wanted and we could swim until we felt like we were fishes. I truly do have wonderful memories growing up.
Looking back, I am SO thankful for all the skills I acquired from our lifestyle. I mean how many people can say that they could pull a lamb if they had to or that they got to go check up on the cows with their dad on horseback? Probably not very many. Now I know some of you may be about to say that not everyone should or has to be a farmer. I agree, but I do think that all of us should have a certain set of skills when it comes to self-sufficiency.
There's a lot to say when you know that you can plant a garden and actually have it produce food for you and your family. We may have our disasters here and there, but it's a great thing to have a good knowledge about plants and such. It is a great thing to know about fruit trees, berry producing bushes, and herbs that can heal, and grasses that can feed your livestock. It is also wise to know how to raise chickens, care for sheep, or even butcher a cow. All of these skills are of benefit to every person.
Are you wondering why I think this way?
When you get down to it in order to live on this amazing earth we need just a few simple things. Food being pretty much first on the list. And friends, farming is about food. It's not about animals or growing plants for the fun of it. Farming in all seriousness is about food, plain and simple. So I think it safe to say that everyone should probably get friendly with their inner farmer.
We all gotta eat, right?
I know that I'll probably never get to meet most of you, but I'm not gonna let that stop me from helping you out in your farming journey. And so, in an effort to give you that extra nudge towards self-sufficiency and find your inner farmer rogue I am doing a giveaway.
Oh yeah, I'm giving away this awesome book to one lucky reader!
Are you excited yet? I hope so, because I can't wait!
In the Encyclopedia of Country Living you'll find everything you need to get started on your journey. I absolutely LOVE this book and I feel like I haven't even scratched the surface of it's contents. You'll know why if you win this...it's HUGE!
Here's a quick glimpse of what you'll find in these pages:
- Live Simply
- How to Buy and Save Seed
- How to Grow Grasses, Grains, and Canes
- The Secrets of Making Pickles
- Herb Gardening
- How to Prune Bushes, Vines, and Trees
- Food Preservation
- Animal Husbandry
- How to Hatch Eggs
- How to Milk Cows, Goats, and Sheep
- And Much, Much More!
This is just the tip of the iceberg friends when it comes to what this book contains. There are almost 1,000 pages!
I know, just incredible.
The author Carla Emery, made this book her life's work and so it grew as she grew in knowledge. She wrote the first copy in the 1970's and remained a dedicated advocate of self-sufficiency until her death in 2005.
Alright here's where it gets fun.
Enter to win below. On some entry's you can enter them on a daily basis. If you keep comin' back you'll increase your chances! Spread the word and I hope you are as excited about this as I am!
The contest starts today (obviously) and ends Sunday night which is June 2nd. I'll announce the winner Monday morning, the 3rd of June.
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***If you are the lucky winner, you have 3 days to claim this giveaway item. If you do not claim it within 3 days then a new winner will be picked.