GIVEAWAY: Keeping Bees In Towns & Cities


**This Giveaway is now Closed. Congratulations to Kathryn @ Freeing Life!!

Any of you interested in keeping bees?

If you are like me, and love the idea of harvesting your own fresh honey but are intimidated by the thought of managing your own hives, Keeping Bees In Towns & Cities by Luke Dixon is a GREAT resource for beginners.

Even though this book is pretty much geared toward urban dwellers, almost all of the advice Dixon has to offer can be put to good use in the country as well.

Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities features everything an urbanite needs to know to start keeping bees: how to select the perfect hive, how to buy bees, how to care for a colony, how to harvest honey, and what to do in the winter. Urban beekeeping has particular challenges and needs; this book highlights the challenges and presents practices that are safe, legal, and neighbor-friendly. -Timber Press

One of the things I appreciated about this book is that the author is able to hold the reader’s attention by interjecting personal stories of his own beginner beekeeping experiences while lacing the text with plenty of interesting facts and informative side-notes. He walks you step by step through the process of raising bees and harvesting honey with a contagious passion enough to make anyone consider placing a hive out back.

My only caveat comes in the fourth chapter entitled Sex and the City Bee. It would have been more appealing to me if he had used the term “mating” instead of “having sex” throughout this section; it just seems more appropriate in the animal world to me. Call me overly conservative, just my two-cents.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book, it can be found at Amazon.

Now for the fun part! Timber Press has a free copy of Keeping Bees in Towns & Cities to give away to one of my lucky readers. Wanna chance to win your very own copy?

Here’s how to win…

For one entry simply leave a comment letting me know why you’d love to have this book!

If you REALLY want to win one, you can do any or all of these bonus entries for more chances at being chosen! *Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry method you complete.

1. “Like” Timber Press on Facebook, and/ or “Like” New Life on a Homestead on Facebook (or let me know if you already do!)

2. “Share” this giveaway on Facebook

3. Tweet about the giveaway

4. Blog about the giveaway

5. Visit Timber Press and let me know any of the other books they have to offer that caught your attention.

I’ll choose one random winner on Monday, Oct. 29th at 9pm EST. Open to US and Canada only. (Unfortunately it is too cost prohibitive to ship outside of these areas.)

Good luck! And a big thanks again to Timber Press for supplying me a copy of this book for review, and for the giveaway!

About Kendra 1103 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. There are many books that would benefit our family, some that caught my eye were Free-Range Chicken Gardens, The Green Rood Manual and Rock Garden Plants. Again, thanks for having this giveaway! ~Jordan

  2. I would love to learn all I can about beekeeping for my family. We really enjoy trying new things and we all really love honey too! 🙂 Thanks for having this giveaway! ~Jordan

  3. I would be THRILLED to win this book because bees are next on my list!
    Our family has started gardening, have a flock of chickens, and bees just seem to be a natural extension. It truly fascinates me what amazing creatures God designed in bees and what a crucial role they play in our food supply.

  4. i LOVE you on Face Book!!
    The book “In The Layered Garden” looks so interesting!!! Great ideas to use limited space!!!

  5. I would love to learn about bee keeping. I LOVE organic honey, we use it instead of sugar, so it would be great if we could “make” our own.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I would love to have this book. I am in the process of learning how to keep bees and hope to add them to my little 1/4 acre homestead in the forest. I have had goats and chickens for 11 years now and love it. I am planning to add bees in 2014 as we just moved3 weeks ago to our cottage and next summer will be spent getting the garden designed and planted. I would love to raise bees and harvest my own honey.

  7. Aww well I would love to learn how to raise bees but…I am one of those who are severely allergic to them.One bee and I’m down! Hope this book goes to someone who is excited about bees.

  8. I would love to have this book. We are getting ready to move onto 39 acres. I’m looking forward to having a big garden, chickens, a couple cows and a bee hive.

  9. I would love to start keeping bees – I just have to talk the hubster into it! This book would help me argue “informedly”.

    I Liked Timber Press and I liked New Life on a Homestead.

    Shared on Facebook

    Tweeted giveaway

    Visited Timber Press about books.The Roots of my Obsession sounds like a fun read, and I’m sure I could benefit from The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers.

    I blogged about your giveaway too. Thanks for hosting it!

  10. Went to the Timber Press website and actually found the book Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard. One of our next projects is to build a chicken coop as soon as our fencing is complete.

    Definitely going to have to save the Timber Press website as a favorite and I am already subscribed to New Life on a Homestead.

  11. We just bought our first farm and this book would be a perfect addition to our do-it-yourself library. Our goal it to live as independently as possible by hunting, raising goats for meat, milk and cheese, gardening, and of course beekeeping to help pollinate the fruit and vegetables. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book but also for just bringing it to our attention.

    I’m now off to earn the additional entries. 🙂

  12. I would love to win this for my husband. He dreams of having a hive, and I would love to help him make it a reality on our 1/3 acre city homestead 🙂

  13. I would love to win this book! My husband and I have been thinking of beekeeping for some time now, but lack the specific know-how. This might empower us with much of the knowledge we need!

  14. I’d love to win this book. We have a 1/2 acre suburban lot and I have considered getting bees but didn’t know where to start.

    I liked you on facebook.

    I went to timber press and I liked the book Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older by Sydney Eddison.
    Now that my hubby and I are in our 50’s I’d like to plan ahead.

  15. Ever since we harvested the honey from a bee tree that fell in the woods in front of our house, we’ve talked about possibly getting our own. This book sounds like a great resource.

  16. I have really been considering keeping bees, but the intimidation thing has always stopped me. I would love to have the opportunity to read this book as it sounds so straight-forward. I just need the right information and since he tells personal experience stories, it sounds interesting also, thanks.

  17. This is some thing I really am looking in to. Our garden has not been doing well for the last few years.We saw a bee for the first time in 3 years, this summer.Something we all need to be worried about.

  18. Bees are on my someday list! I just have to convince my husband they are worth it first. He is afraid of bees so we have some work to do. ; )

  19. I would love to add this book to our library because my husband and I have talked about raising bees, but have no idea where to start.
    I Liked Timber Press and I already like New Life on a Homestead.
    Shared on Facebook

  20. For my home library and to learn more about keeping bees. That would be the reason why I would love to win this book. Bee keeping is on my list of ‘Skills I Want to Learn’. Perfect timing! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  21. Honey… that’s the sole reason why I would ever consider keeping bees. We go through over a gallon a month, hard on the budget!

  22. *I have tweeted, shared this link, and liked Timber Press on Facebook. I already ‘like’ New Life on a Homestead on Facebook.

    I am interested in the book on the Timber Press website:

    The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms
    By Nancy J. Turner and Patrick von Aderkas
    Foreword by Brian Saunders, MD

  23. I would like to win this book to give to my brother for Christmas. He is helping my dad with his farm now and would like to learn more about beekeeping, keeping goats, and making cheese. He has been researching bees and is appalled by the amount of bees that are disappearing, so he would like to do his part to keep them going. Please consider me for this contest. 🙂

  24. I would love to have the book because the subject matter interest me and I love to learn. I have a huge book collection and would love to add this to it. Thanks.
    I Liked Timber Press and I already liked New Life on a Homestead.
    Shared on Facebook
    Tweeted giveaway
    Visited Timber Press about books.

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