Finally a Facebook page and an Inspirational GIVE AWAY!

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Friday, December 6, 2013 10:36 AM

I've been meaning to launch a Facebook page forever.  But for some reason I just never got around to it.  Well that's all changed now.  The page is up and running and ready for some content.  And what better way is there to launch a new page than with a give away?  Personally, I can't think of one.

Through the generosity of the folks over at Mountaineers Books and author/photographer extraordinaire Lori Eanes, I am giving away three copies of Lori's book "BACKYARD ROOTS - Lessons on Living Local from 35 Urban Farmers"
Lori is an amazing photographer who has also become a good friend over the past couple of years.  When she first started working on this project she contacted me to see if she could photograph my homestead. As I had never heard of her before, I bopped over to her website to see some of her work.  There were some absolutely beautiful images of food and numerous tear sheets from publications her images had appeared in.  But photographing a still life image of a perfectly prepared, staged and lighted plate of food is a far cry from trying to photograph a garden in natural, often unpredictable daylight.  And it's like night and day when compared to trying to capture a perfect image of a goat or chicken that is in perpetual motion with the same lighting limitations.  Trust me on this.  I've taken a lot of pictures around here over the years.

Little did I know of her talents when I browsed her website.  I agreed to her proposal and she came to my homestead several times.  And boy oh boy was I ever surprised at the results.  Lori has a unique talent of capturing the essence of urban homesteading in her images.  She has taken some of my absolute favorite pictures here at Havenscourt Homestead.  
She also photographed several other homesteading friends of mine and I'm sure they would all agree.  Her images aren't just photographs of gardens or animals.  They convey the hard work, pride and joy that I personally find so hard to express in words.  It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  And Lori's images say it all.
I was honored to be included in her book.  This beautiful photo essay on urban homesteading offers a unique glimpse into the lifestyle we urban homesteaders have chosen.  I own a couple of bookshelves worth of books on homesteading, gardening, raising livestock, etc.  But Lori's book is different.  Rather than a "how to" manual or a first hand story, it's a celebration of a unique way of life.  And it's an inspirational glimpse inside for anyone that is interested in urban homesteading.

And now, a copy of this inspiring book can be yours!  All you have to do to enter the give away is follow these simple steps:
Three winners will be chosen at random.  Entry deadline is midnight Sunday December 8th.  I will announce the winners on the Facebook page and contact each winner directly via private message for delivery information.  Please note that it may take 6 - 8 weeks for delivery.

7 Response to "Finally a Facebook page and an Inspirational GIVE AWAY!"

Auntie Pita Says:

Come the revolution, I want/need to know what plants to plant and where to plant them... I already spin, weave and sew... but planting... is a mystery to me!!!

Moira Hawthorne Copeland Says:

would love to own land... and have chickens... a goat or two some rabbits... and a BIG garden

Lilith Starfire Says:

Thankyou for sharing your journey as I take the first tentative steps on mine

Suzanne Says:

I was fortunate to be able to live a homesteading life for four years in Montana and I miss it dearly. Now I live in the burbs but we try as well as we can to bring a little of that which we loved with us so our modest back yard is full of edible garden, plants and trees. We just try to compact what we can of what we love into our small space and thank our lucky stars it is not any smaller. I think what inspires us is the love of fresh fruits and vegetables with a taste no store can match.

Desiree Sumner Says:

My husband and I are working hard to live this dream.

Kate Says:

My husband and I are considering homesteading as a way to teach our kids responsibility and a better way to live. What inspires me is seeing the different ways that others have accomplished this, whether in the city or the country, with lots of money or not, for all different purposes, reasons, and goals. It's so encouraging to see that no matter how small you start out, or no matter what it might "look like" it's a worthy venture. And you can be yourself and use your own creative ideas. Basically, there's almost no wrong way to do it. That gives me hope, because I tend to do things in a roundabout fashion. :)

Anonymous Says:

Although I'm currently stuck in the city (small town, really); I would love to live in the country. Since I've milked cows and fed calves in the past; I would love to have a mini-farm and grow a lot of my own food. I currently can and pressure can whatever I can get my hands on - to keep costs down while I feed my last two (of 5) children - teenage sons.