GIVEAWAY: The Weekend Homesteader

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This Giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to Nancy W!

Here’s a great book to get you up and moving toward your sustainability dreams one month at a time!

The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency is jam packed with manageable projects that almost anybody anywhere can do as they work toward self-sufficient living.

Author Anna Hess has managed to deliver a year’s worth of homesteading projects in 12 chapters of bite sized goals to work toward. Each section begins by telling you the goal of the task, the cost, the time you can expect to put into the work, the difficulty range, and whether it’s a kid-friendly job or not.

Projects range from mulching your garden, preserving food, and saving seeds, to bringing home chickens, baking bread, and learning how to stay warm without electricity. If you feel like you just don’t have the time to learn homesteading on the weekend, this book is guaranteed to encourage you to get out there and start working at it a little at a time!

Buy your very own copy of The Weekend Homesteader from Skyhorse Publishing for $17.95…

Or, try your luck at winning a free copy by entering this giveaway, courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing!

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” Skyhorse Publishing 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 Skyhorse Publishing and check out their other homesteading and gardening type books; let me know which ones caught your attention!

I’ll choose one random winner on Monday, Nov. 19th 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 Skyhorse Publishing for supplying me a copy of this book for review, and for the giveaway!

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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. I would love this book there are so many things I want to learn to do but I have no idea what to try first this book would help me get started and also give me some new ideas I haven’t thought of 😀

  2. I would love to add this book to my library, and often times the weekends are my only work days for yard work… well except Sabbath.

  3. I have been searching for a simpler way of life; saving, storing, preparing for the big ‘what-if”. I don’t have a lot of money, and time is just about as scarce. If this book is broken down into as easy to do sections as you say it is, then I think it may be the resource for me. (crossing my fingers)

  4. I am constantly striving to be more self sufficient and love homesteading books. We are on a tight budget so books are a luxury we rarely splurg for. This looks like a great addition to anyone’s library!

  5. Since we live in coastal North Carolina, the book that interests me from Skyhorse Publishing is ‘The Homeowner’s Hurricane Handbook’ by Bob Stearns.

  6. I would love to have this book! Homesteading is overwhelming and this would be so helpful to break it down in a step by step fashion.

  7. I would love to have a copy of this book. I work full-time and my homesteading efforts are limited to after work and on the weekends. This would be great to help me on my way.

  8. Oh my, I bet this would be perfect to get us started since we’ll be in our new place in a month or two…maybe even tips for what/how to grow in this hellatious thing we call a climate as I HAVE to get back to more natural and green eating and living.

  9. I’d love to win this The Weekend Homesteader, which describes me perfectly – I have a full-time job but I’ve got chickens, raised beds, compost systems, rain barrels, and I water bath can my excess. I really need some new projects to add to my list.

    Oh, and Whiskypedia on the Skyhorse Publishing site would make a great gift for my Dad, who was born and raised in Scotland and loves to try new Scotch distilleries and critique them with my brother at our weekly Sunday clan get-togethers!

  10. The books that caught my eye include all of the homesteading ones, in particular ‘The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living’.

  11. And I would really love this book because, like so many, I can see rough times on the horizon and want to improve my mini-homesteading efforts (currently, mostly annual gardening and planting in fruit trees/bushes on the property). I have got to get this together and think this book could help with some small projects that don’t interfere with family and work committments.

  12. I REALLY need 10,001 ways to declutter on a budget! It looks like it could pay for itself because I know how much I waste just because of the stuff we have!

  13. I would really like to have this book because I’ve decided to live my life serving God through farming. I haven’t gotten the resources to do this yet, but maybe this book could give me some good points!

  14. A lot of the books caught my attention, however, I would like to get Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail R. Gehring. It’s been on my Amazon Wishlist for over a year now!

  15. I would love to win this book because I want to learn to become more self sufficient. I often times don’t even know where to start. I think this is important in the times we are living in!

  16. I would really like this book because it sets out a practical time-line to a more self sufficient lifestyle… something that is very necessary if you work outside of the home too.

  17. I visited Skyhorse publishing’s website. Being a lover all things natural and homemade, the books “Backyard Medicine” and “The Complete Book of Home Crafts” are some that I would love to own and I already own “The Homesteading Handbook” (Great book for beginners I must say!)

  18. I would love to win this book. It’s just so overwhelming to know where to start, and it sounds like this book would help. 🙂

  19. And last but certainly not least… the reason I would like this book is that we are trying to live a sustainably as possible and tips on how to do it are always helpful. With both of us having full time jobs it’s difficult to find time to do things the old fashioned even though we would like to.

  20. 3. and 4. – Don’t have Twitter or a blog so…

    5. Visit Skyhorse Publishing and check out their other homesteading and gardening type books; let me know which ones caught your attention!

    I liked Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail R. Gehring.

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

    Done! And I already am a fan of New Life on a Homestead. 🙂

  22. I would love to receive a copy of this book. I am making every effort to work toward sustainability and any more info would help, thanks!

  23. I just visited Skyhorse Publishing. Another book I’d love to have is The Woman’s Handbook of Herbal Healing, or else Backyard Medicine. Thanks Kendra!

  24. Thanks for another great giveaway! I’d love to have The Weekend Homesteader b/c we’re in need of a crash course on homesteading. I feel like we’re behind the times and need to learn quickly. Thanks, Kendra!

  25. I would love to win a copy of this book. We don’t have any land but I would love to do everything I could on the weekend to be less dependent on grocery stores.

  26. Oh yes please! I so need something like this to break things down into manageable pieces for me! Thanks for the chance to win, Kendra!

  27. I would love to win this book. I also think the books they have about “Foraging” would be very useful. They have many great titles, I’ll be checking them out for some of my book needs.

  28. We are striving to live a more self-sufficient life and this book would be a great blessing! Thanks for having this giveaway! ~Jordan

  29. Because I live in an apartment for most of the year while attending college away from my hometown, the only chances I get to work on my homesteading skill are on my trips home or during the summer. I planted a killer garden last summer, and I’d love a book with little steps to work on for next summer!

  30. I would love to win this book. I am fairly new to your blog, and I have really enjoyed the information you provide. This book would help me further develop what I already have in place at my little “in town” homestead.

  31. This book would be a great one to have. I’m constantly stumbling over all of the tasks that need to be done on the homestead and when to complete them. It would be nice to have that laid out in a book. Living off grid fascinates me also. Thank you for a great giveaway.

  32. These books caught my eye–
    Barns and Outbuildings
    Fences, Gates & Bridges
    Forages Guide to Wild Foods
    Handy Farm Devices and How to Make them
    The Joy of Hobby Farming

  33. I already like your page and I clicked on the like button at Shyhorse page. I would really like this book for guidance in improving my self-sufficient.

  34. Gosh, where to start with the books. Country Skills, Foragers Guide to Wild Foods, Natural Remedies, Simpler Living, The art of Baking Bread and Artisan Breads, Back to Basics, Cheesemaking, Cooking with Herbs, Dehydrating Food, The Farmer’s Cookbook, and last, but not least, Simple Smoking (something I am working on learning right now).

  35. I would love a chance to win this book. Unfortunately I don’t “do” facebook so no extra entries there. LOL

    I have been slowly learning self-sufficient skills but need oh so many more ideas and great resources to learn from and this book looks like it would really help!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. I would love to add this book to my library. I do have a small garden and can quite a bit, but i would love to learn more about the other topics covered in this book. I’m also new to your blog and I look forward to exploring it more!

  37. I would love a copy of this book. Living through Hurricane Sandy, and other events in this area, has made me realize that I need to move toward being more self-sufficient. It’s always been an interest of mine, but now I’m going to make it a priority.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  38. I currently have the first edition or version 1 of this book with kindle cloud. And would love a hard copy of the newest version as well. While I want to be more than simply a “weekend homesteader”, my husband thinks that I have lost my mind and has informed me that any projects I decide to undertake had best be projects I can handle on my own. This book could be a great asset to helping me with my goals.

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