GIVEAWAY! Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less)

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**This Giveaway is now Closed. Congratulations to Shirley (sswovela…)! And a big thanks to all who entered.

There’s a new homesteading book on the market, and it’s packed full of everything you need to know to get started on your own homestead.

Angela England, founder of The Untrained Housewife, has written a fantastic book entitled Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less). The focus of the book is on giving you the how-to you need to turn your backyard, however big or small it is, into a productive, sustainable mini-farm. England encourages her readers to eat healthier, save money, and live a more self-sufficient lifestyle by making the most of whatever space you have.

In this book you will find information on:

  • Finding the right piece of land
  • Turning your current property into a working farm
  • Backyard Gardening
  • Tools and skills you’ll need
  • Keeping Chickens
  • Raising Rabbits
  • Sheep and Goats
  • Backyard Beekeeping
  • Harvesting and Preserving Food
  • Root Cellars
  • Garden Herbs
  • Making Butter, Yogurt and Cheese
  • Fibers
  • Home Brewing
  • Soap Making
  • And more!

Seriously. I can’t think of anything else to add to the valuable information England has to offer in this book. This one ranks right up there with Carla Emery’s book, The Encyclopedia of Country Living. Not quite as thick of a volume, but definitely worth having on the bookshelf.

If you’ve been toying with the idea of turning your backyard into a space that you can use to grow food and raise animals in, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) is a must buy.

Now For My Favorite Part!

Ms. England has so generously offered one of my lucky readers a chance to win their very own copy of Backyard Farming! Woo-hoo!!

To get in on this awesome giveaway, you can do any or all of the following for one entry each. *Leave a separate comment for each entry, as each comment is counted as the entry itself!

1. Simply leave a comment here letting me know why you’d love to own this book!

2. “Like” Backyard Farming on Facebook

3. “Like” New Life on a Homestead on Facebook (be sure to let me know if you’re already a fan there!)

4. Follow Angela England on Twitter

5. Share this giveaway on your blog, or other Social Media/Networking sites

I’ll choose one random winner on Monday, Feb. 4th, 2013 at 8pm EST. Open to US and Canada. Good luck everyone!

Angela England is a freelance writer who, along with her husband and five children, cultivates a 1/2 acre farm in their Oklahoma backyard where they manage to raise diary and meat goats, keep enough chickens for eggs and free-range poultry, and foster an intensively productive garden for fresh fruits and vegetables. Angela is the founder of and enjoys guiding others in recapturing the lost arts of self-sufficient living. She also manages and maintains the Blissfully Domestic community and contributes to other sites and forums on a regular basis.

I received a copy of Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) in order to write this review. The opinions I share when writing product reviews are mine, and are always my honest opinions.

About Kendra 1096 Articles
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.


  1. I live on just about an acre and we would like to put it to “good” use. Your book would really help.

    We have chickens and just put in a ~ 30×30 garden which we hope will really produce this year.

    Thanks for the opportunity to try to win,


  2. I live on a (weirdly) rural 1/4 acre… So many books are geared towards small urban lots and this book sounds like it may be closer to my situation. I love to read about what others are doing in a limited space.

  3. I’d love to win a copy…how funny, though…I’d just added this book to my amazon wish list when I saw this posting! We’re in the process of turning our 4 acre lot back into a small farm (we bought one lot that a farmer’s family sold off when their father died…all the lots were repackaged as residential but it seemed like such a horrible use of good land to leave it as big lawns…so we’re trying to get back to its originalstate). Man, do I ever wished I’d paid more attention when I was a kid working on farms!! :o)))))

  4. I have been trying to become self-reliant for a few years now. We have made a lot of changes and our eyes are open now. This book would really help me achieve my goals as we are on just under an acre. 🙂 Thanks.

  5. Thanks for the chance! Would love a copy of this book since I only have 1/3 of an acre to work with. Liking you on Facebook too!

  6. Liked Backyard Farming and New Life on a Homestead (can’t believe I hadn’t liked it already, I’ve been reading your blog for more than a year now!).

  7. We have been blessed with a rental house that is the size of three house properties and landlords that are fine with us having a huge garden. This would be such a great book to find ideas and inspiration!

  8. This would be a great book to have! We live in the city and have limited space, so learning how to do things on a small scale would be so beneficial. Thanks!

  9. I would love to win a copy of this book – currently looking for several acres to set up my own homestead and small farm and could use all the info I can find right now.

  10. I would love to win this book because we are currently in the process of moving to the country on 1 acre. My husband and I both grew up in the country, but are not experienced enough to jump right into a big garden, chickens and goats, but that is our dream in the next 1-3 years. This book would help trememdesly!

  11. I’d love to win a copy of this book! I have read about it all over the Internet, but do not have my own copy (yet…I will when I win one!)

  12. I’d love to win this book because I’m being downsized and my husband is not well. We need to make our backyard work for us the best we can!

  13. I would love to be the proud owner of this book! I have been searching all over the internet looking for canning recipes and ways to become more self sufficient. We bought a small place with 3 1/2 acres and will be moving there as soon as we get everything accomplished. I wrote about it on your other page where you were describing your to-do list. 🙂 I just love your website and I’m soooo glad I ran across it while searching for canning pears. It’s alot of work to try to find all the things you need to know. I have purchased my canners and over 700 jars. Now I have to find a tiller. I have all of the hand tools but I have a long way to go in getting a garden set up at my new house. I have never canned before so that is alot to learn in itself. I plan on getting chickens. I’m learning by reading how to care for those. I have a LONG way to go with learning about what kind of animals can live on a small farm but I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for posting this chance for us to win! I just love your website and especially your stories about your family and your daily life in general.

  14. I have a moderate vegetable garden every year, but I would love to expand it…the idea of calling my backyard a FARM is so exciting! I would love to own this book!

  15. My family and I just moved to the country, and we are planning by the grace of God to try growing much of our food and hopefully have a few chickens as well. This could be very helpful. Thank you

  16. My family has been gardening for quite some time. We are just preparing for animals. We eventually want milk goats, milk cow, beef cows, hogs, chickens and honey bees. I am sure this would be a tremendous help. Thanks for the chance.

  17. I just “liked” New Life on a Homestead and am really glad to have found you! going back to read it now. oh and yes will share. don’t tweet so no more entries. but thank you for the opportunity!

  18. I had read a review of this book and it sounds awesome. We are buying a single wide trailer in a mobile home park and it has a fenced yard, yay! The dirt here has never even had a lawn let alone a garden so we are really starting from scratch and since we are 60 and 62 we want to do it as easily as possible.

  19. I have always been interested in homesteading and have recently become even more enthusiastic about raising my own food. I currently live with my parents on an acre and help with the garden, orchard, and canning. I am trying to learn all I can, through helping them and through reading and reseach, so that when I have my own place I can be as self-sufficient as possible. Thanks, Kendra, for offering a book that would be such a help to so many!

  20. My husband and I would LOVE to own this book. We are just starting down the path of homesteading and we have a lot of questions! We are very excited about this new adventure and are so thankful for helpful resources like this blog and books like Backyard Farming. 🙂

  21. I’d love to have more information on how to be more self-reliant.I’ve Liked and am following
    Back yard gardening and new life on a homestead.

  22. I am so excited to see this book. My family wants to start doing more for ourselves and this book looks to be a great resource. I am currently expecting our 2nd child and my husband is blind, so this book would be a great way for us to learn some new things. We already have a small garden planned for this year and I can’t wait to try canning my veggies. I get so excited just thinking about it!

  23. I am a military wife constantly moving and every few years starting over and having to figure out how to “homestead” on little land. I would love to win this book for help with that! Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. This book is on my “to purchase” list and if I could win it that would be awesome. I liked “Backyard Farming” on facebook and I was already following you on facebook.

  25. This book is just what I need. I just moved from the city to large suburban lot in the fall. I can finaly grow my own veggies and raise chickens this spring but I don’t know where to start.

  26. We are always striving to be more self sufficient… this book would be a very welcome resource for our family as we have extended our ‘farm’ and will take all the help we can get! Thank you so much for having this giveaway! ~Jordan

  27. Considering we live on less than an acre and probably will never live on much more than an acre anytime in the future, this book would be perfect to learn how to create a mini farm for my family and me!

  28. My wife and I are becoming increasingly interested in urban homesteading and backyard farming. I just found your site today and have spent much of my lunch break reading various posts. We’d love to own a copy of this book as it seems like a great resource to help get us to the next level of self-sufficiency.

  29. Okay, please enter me in your contest. I see where the author is from Okla. and I am from “Okrahoma” also and would be very interested in gleaning information that is specific to my location. How exciting!

  30. I’d love to own this book. We have 1/2 acre and have made steps toward self reliance, (chickens, garden, orchard) but know that there is much more to do. Thanks for the opportunity.

  31. already like you on fb. i just got 4 chickens and im at a total loss ae to what i am doing. there is so much conflicting info out there it has confused me even more. tried gardening, my kids called it the garden of death. so much i want to try but cost is a huge factor.

  32. We just moved into this house and I would love to do this to my backyard, but am a little overwhelmed and would love the book to help get me going!

  33. This book would be perfect for us! We are already doing some vegetable gardning and do have 4 chickens, but we’re always thinking about adding more!

  34. Winning a copy of this book would be such a blessing. The husband and I are currently having daily discussions on how to transform our 3/4 of an acre into a sufficient “backyard farm”, in an effort to efficiently produce enough food to can and freeze to get us through an entire year. I have 4 out of the 5 ways to enter. 🙂

  35. I WOULD love to own this book. The subject list has so many things I need advise on. I would truly appreciate it. Thank you for the chance.

  36. I would love to have a copy of this book. I already farm but there is a lot of the things listed that i don’t know anything about!

  37. My neighbor and I are co-homesteading. We each have about two acres. She raises the animals and we are planting a larger garden on my property. We share the work and costs and get twice the amount. I would like to own this book because it would help us to use our land more efficiently. Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. I have a small collection started of books like this. I would LOVE to add this to my collection. Being self sufficient is one of my dreams!

  39. With where our economy is headed, a person needs to become more sufficient or totally sufficient. I think this is a wonderful too to assist in getting a person to that point

  40. I listened to a podcast with Angela a few weeks ago, she has so much good information to share and I’d love to have her book to help me on my farming journey 🙂

  41. Hi Kendra
    Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to win the book. YOu are such a wise person. Thank you so much for all that you share with us in your life.

  42. when I go skiing, I like to get lessons from different teachers, because they all have different tips to offer. The same for homesteading authors. I would love to own this book for my reference library and see how she does things and what I could learn to use on our 25 acres. Thanks for your blog!

  43. I’d love this book since I live on just shy of an acre and would like to have some information tailored to my situation. I have chickens and a garden, but would like to maximize the productivity of my space.
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  44. I like all the subjects she covers and this would be a great reference in our library as we try to accomplish many of these areas.

  45. Hi Kendra!!! What a great giveaway!!! I would love to win, I live in a suburb of Rochester, New York, and we have, oh, MAYBE 1/8 of an acre!!!! But I love to Homestead and garden!!!!! : )

  46. I would love to own this book, we just purchased 10 acres in the country. This book would be a great help. Thanks for all the work you do for all of us!

  47. i would love to own this book! i have been searching all over amazon for information as to how to turn my little home in the burbs into a productive homestead situation and it sounds like this book will have alot of the information that i do very much need!

  48. I would love to win this book. We are starting to move into a more of a self sustaining life style, getting back to basics if you will. We’re looking into maximizing our efforts bit in a small space. At this point we are reading and researching everything we can and hopefully are building ourselves up with the right kind of knowledge needed to help us reach this goal. I think this book would be a very welcome very used tool in that goal!!!
    Thanks for offering the giveaway!!!

  49. I need this book to help make my backyard farm more productive. I’ve learned as I have gone up to this point and some expert advice would be much appreciated.

  50. Wow… that looks great! We’re looking at houses this next week (finally) ranging from an acre to 7. Our favorite (except for small land size) is 1.3 acres. This book would be a great reference as to what someone else did with that much space! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. As a new homestead owner, I would love to have this book in order to get a clue about how to sustainably operate our new place!

  52. This sounds like a book our family could use :). We started the chicken adventure last April and we have soooo much to learn!!! Also, we have less than an acre.

  53. Oops… please dont count this comment… I wish I could edit my old comments. My facebook goes under a different name and a different email adress…. Marquian that is…

  54. I would really love to own this book. I have a dream of having a homestead and so far, I have great ideas but dont do them. I keep hoping Ill be able to find the push to actually do something maybe this book will help. I always love learning too especially about homesteading and frugality.

  55. I am currently on a half an acre with chickens, goats on the way, putting in the garden this week, but I have a lot of space left over, and I’d love to see what this book would have me put in the remainder of the space. If I cannot win it, I’ll buy it anyway as I have heard only good things about it.

  56. I would love this books as I need to get more from my backyard (and front yard too). I don’t have anywhere near an acre but I’m sure you have tips for my small yard too.

  57. Would love to own the book and get a better idea of how I can use double lot more productively. We have a garden that we have not been real successful with, and are trying to figure out what, and how to be more productive with self sustainability. We have 3 girls that are homeschooled, and always doing some sort of outside project. We have 4 dogs & 2 rabbits, and added 5 chicks a few months ago (supposed to be egg layers). We are building a pallet coup/enclosure to allow the chickens & rabbits to have a safe area, but still allow them some “free range”. With 5 kids (3 bio/2 adopted)& grandbabies on the way…learning to live off the land,preserving foods, freezing/canning, homemade laundry soap, clotheslines…simple living, loving & praising the Lord <3

  58. I would love to own a copy of this book because while we already have chickens and a small garden, I know there’s so much more that we could be doing. Thanks!

  59. I would love to read your book. I am new to prepping and trying my hand at gardening . I want to learn more and have thought about trying to raise chickens but I have a lot to learn. Love your site.

  60. I would LOVE to own this book! I have been working towards Backyard Farming for a while now and could use all the help I can get! Thinking of relocating to a smaller place to then I really need help!

  61. I would love to win this book , my family of 6 live on a little over 1 acre in rural kentucky and I would love to get the yard to feed us!

  62. We are working our way towards a more self sufficent life and would love to have this as a reference book. I had already liked both of your facebook pages.

  63. I would love to own this book because I’m kinda new to this and I have soooo much to learn. I had already “liked” both pages on FB. Don’t use Twitter so I guess that’s 3 entries for me!!

  64. I saw this book in a bookstore (couldn’t afford to buy it 🙂 and have wanted it ever since! My husband and I are praying for God to find us some property to grow our own food for ourselves, and others. As well as teach our “citified” grandkids how to live off the land. In the mean time we only have 2 planter boxes in our backyard, so need some help and education on how best to use our limited space. Thanks! This is my first time stumbling across your website- Love it!! I will return 🙂

  65. We recently bought our first home, 6 acres with barn and other out buildings…I am eager to learn and get started on building up our little farm. I got my chickens, and a couple pygmy goats for play! Garden is planned out, root cellar getting cleaned out and prepped. Canning cellar is all painted and jars are a collecting. Cow and pig are in the plans for spring. Now to learn it all! and make it happen! This book would certainly help me along my journey!

  66. I’d love to win this book. My biggest New Year’s resolution is to make my family more self sustainable. This book would help me make that happen!

  67. We are saving up to move out of the city so figuring out how to make my dream happen with less land would be fantastic as that may make it happen sooner!

  68. I’d love to own this book because chances are, when we actually do get around to starting our homestead, we will be limited in terms of land. This book looks great in that respect!

  69. We have almost an acre on a corner lot. The front yard is flowers and bushes and a butterfly garden with a fish pond.. In the back are 10 chickens, a nanny goat and 2 rabbits. The veggie gardens are raised beds and containers with tires for potatoes. I have 5 moringa tress that are just a year old, an ruby red grapefruit tree and some empty room that is too shaded to plant. The rabbits love to eat the wild weeds in that area in their personal play pen. I love my home!

  70. Thank you for giving us a chance to win this book. I love doing my own thing. The fresh veggies and taking care of the animals. I love to learn about new things and reminded of the oldie bug goodies. Then there is the sharing with others. Makes one feel so good to be able to help those that are not able to grow their own.

  71. I would love this book because i am trying to do more gardening this year growing my own food. I figure if i do more than last year i succeeded. I would love more information on what i could do different/better/more.

  72. I am already a FB fan of New Life On a Homestead 🙂

    And I meant to say earlier I would love to own the book because I know someone I would love to let borrow it as they are trying their hand at something similar. 🙂

  73. I just was reading reviews on this book the other day and now here is a chance to win one. Perfect!! 🙂 Thanks for the chance.

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