Anyone Can Homestead: An eBook Giveaway

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Anyone can homestead. Even you. You might live in an apartment in a city. Your homeowners’ association might not allow you to keep backyard chickens or goats. None of that need stop you.

You see, all kinds of things are homesteading-type activities — vegetables growing in pots on balconies, backyard chickens in a suburban lot, edible landscaping, clothes drying on a clothes line, the use of hand-powered appliances. What you need is the homesteading mindset and then you’re on your way!

“…regardless of where you live, you can partake of the homesteading mindset in some way, shape or form.”

Your Custom Homestead by Jill Winger

Jill Winger, blogger at The Prairie Homestead, wrote Your Custom Homestead to bring balance between the two tendencies she sees in people — those who jump into homesteading without considering the details, and those who are so cautious they never get started. Every one of us has personality traits which can get in the way (or help us along), plus we’ve each got difficulties (or blessings) that arise from where we live. This eBook can help anyone get over their hurdles and begin homesteading in their own way.

Jill is an inspirational homesteader working around unique challenges: a windy climate with little moisture and tough winters. She wrote Your Custom Homestead from a place of “here is what worked for me” rather than “I have it all figured out” — a really refreshing approach!

I reviewed Jill’s book some time ago and found it incredibly helpful. She starts off with the history of homesteading (fascinating stuff) and then takes you day-by-day through a 21-day plan to become a homesteader. Really! The daily Home(stead) Work assignments are simple and doable. Yet when you get to the end, you can see you’ve come a long way toward becoming a homesteader yourself, no matter what your unique situation. Making incremental steps is the key in this, as it is in so many other areas of life.

How can this work for all kinds of people and locations? Simple. This book is not a “how to garden” type book. Rather, it is a “how to organize your thoughts, dreams, and ideas” so that you can turn them into an actual, real-life custom homestead of your own.

Want to make sure this approach is right for you? Download a sample chapter here.

How Much?

Normally, this 79-page eBook is just $4.99 — for either PDF or Kindle version. That’s a great deal!

But how would you like to save a dollar? Get the PDF version for just $3.99 with coupon GNOWF20 through Wednesday, April 4.

Click here to buy Your Custom Homestead.

And now for the giveaway!

Giveaway: 3 Copies of “Your Custom Homestead”

You can win one of three copies of Your Custom Homestead!

If you buy the book using the coupon above and yet win a copy here, Jill will refund your money. :)

This giveaway is open now and ends Sunday, April 1, 2012 at midnight. It is open to anyone, anywhere. The winners will receive the PDF version of the eBook. Use the widget just below to enter.

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Have a blessed week! Be sure to share in the comments what about this book interests you the most!

GNOWFGLINS will earn a small commission on purchases of this book that begin here. Thank you for supporting our homesteading dreams and goals. :)

This post may contain affiliate links. We only recommend products and services we wholeheartedly endorse. Thank you for supporting Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS with your purchases. Our family thanks you!


  1. amanda says

    I would love this book! I always say how I’d love to just move off the grid and start a commune! Obviously that isn’t possible for us all. I think learning about homesteading where I am is a great idea!

  2. Katrina S says

    This would be a great tool to help get me on track with goal setting… we just got our little place, and now we have 11 acres and a lot of dreams to work with!

  3. Michelle says

    We already have chickens in our backyard, but we want to do more. While we cling to the dream of a homestead, the reality is that it will be a few more years before that could happen. In the meantime, we want to be doing everything we can to fulfill our homesteading dreams.
    This book seems like the perfect compass to help guide us to fulfilling those dreams while still living in the city.

  4. Michelle Grazor says

    We are definitely the “too intimidated to get started” type, and would appreciate some baby steps and encouragement. Thanks!

  5. elena says

    I love that she does not let space limit you. She encourages growth and learning no matter your situation.

  6. Elizabeth Dominy says

    I’m very interested in learning what I can do from my apartment. Thanks for another fun giveaway.

  7. Stephanie says

    I’m interested in the whole book! It’s a dream of ours to have a self sustaining homestead to support our immediate and extended families.

  8. says

    This is just what I have been looking for! I live in the burbs but can’t have chickens and have limited garden space and need to think outside the box. Brilliant!

  9. says

    I have been thinking of buying this book for a while but was waiting for when I had some time to sit down and read it. I would love to win it! I have been following Jill’s blog for a while, and like you, Wardee, I appreciate that she takes a “what works” rather than an “all or nothing” approach, so this is what I’m most looking forward to about reading it.

  10. Aimee Durham says

    This would be so awesome to win! When I have my own place, and more time, I totally want to do this!

  11. Michelle B says

    Have seen this in a couple Of places now and I think I am going to buy it even if I don’t win it. Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. Brittany says

    We’ve just really started rolling on our urban homestead, with illegal chickens and all, and this would make a great companion to help us out along the way- especially with gardening season coming up!

  13. Alicia says

    I keep telling my husband we can do more with the land we have even though we are in the city. He draws the line at chickens :(
    I’m intrigued by the “assignments”, that sounds like a great way to check where you are at and see your progress.

  14. Heather says

    I am interested in this book…learning the homesteading mindset is intriguing. I already have a large garden and someday I’d like chickens…but would love to find out more!

  15. says

    Thanks for the give away opportunity! I purchased the book anyway, but a refund is never a bad thing, hey? I am curious about the history of homesteading as this author sees it, and how she defines modern day homesteading. The incremental step approach sounds very refreshing.

  16. Gabrielle says

    Love, love, love how accessible and interactive this ebook sounds. I’m a complete novice in regard to homesteading skills and living in urban central finding practical ways to get to my dream of homesteading can seem difficult so I would really benefit something like this.

  17. Emily says

    The idea of homesteading has always seemed unreachable – we live in an apartment in a city and that isn’t going to change any time soon. I’d love to figure out what we can do where we are now – not where we aren’t.

  18. Kristy says

    I think I really need to buy this book. I am stuck on deciding how to get started so I’m not doing anything, afraid I will screw up.

  19. says

    my husband and I are trying to get our homestead up hand running. When we first started we jumped into it too fast without really doing the preparation and research we needed to do. I’m excited to read some practical advice on how to get ourselves up and running!

  20. Marissa W says

    i love the idea of the “homework” as I am big on accountability and taking things step by step. I often need guidance with that one, so this is great!!!!!

  21. elaine says

    I like that I can start right now, right where I am and I don’t have to wait for some ideal time or place in the future. Thanks for the offer!

  22. Jill Kanipe (Jill Stewart) says

    Would love to read/own this book. If I owned a copy I could refer back to it any time I needed/wanted.

  23. says

    The part that interests me most is that it says, “anyone can do it”. I’d love to know how! Even if I can just improve one thing at a time, learning as I go, this is what’s got me really interested in the book! Can’t wait to read it ~

  24. says

    I homeschool my teenage son, go to school full time, and work part time. Would love to read this book and get my family on the road to better health!

  25. Amber says

    We bought a house in October, and we’re in the process of making things the way we want them, especially our yard. This book would really help us decide how to best maximize the outside–and inside–space we have now!

  26. says

    We are struggling to figure out how to turn our city lot into a city homestead. Money is more than tight, as only one of us works full time due to his throat cancer, so this book would be SO welcome!

  27. Gayl says

    I’m interested in expanding my knowledge and adding some animals like chickens and goats. And I think the book will help me get more organized as we delve into homesteading.

  28. Holly says

    What a great way to learn about homesteading! I live in a neighborhood so my options are limited, but I’d like to know what Jill thinks about suburban homesteading.

  29. Heather says

    Sounds fascinating. I’ll be sure to check this out since we are beginning our homesteading in the city adventure!

  30. Meghan says

    This is a perfect book for me as I’m trying to this year and onwards working towards moving to the country again and homesteading. But the section on embracing where you live right now would be good for me right now for my current living in a condo apartment in the city and along with formulating a mission statement and setting goals.

  31. Lisa S. says

    I’m nowhere compared to where I’d love to be. An HOA dictates no animals, but I’ve been working on sourdough, grinding fresh wheat, gardening in my little 4×8 foot raised beds, sewing, quilting, making my own cleansers, etc. This book seems like something that we all need to read and be inspired by to take our own little baby steps toward our homesteading futures.

  32. Sharolyn Tilton says

    Knowing how to use our land to help us become more independent is such an important subject in today’s economy and uncertainty of our future! Even if we have just a few tomato plants out our front door, we have started our journey to self reliance.Thank you for all the important information you are sharing!

  33. a8ala says

    I live in an apartment in the city.
    Yet I grow enough veggies in my community plot to eat like a queen, and can, and freeze and dry and ferment.
    I’d love to get tips on moving further down this path.

  34. Andrea says

    Making the most of where we live is what interests me most! I am interested in homesteading but have a smallish yard.

  35. Leah says

    I would love to learn more how to be self-reliant here and now, instead of waiting until I can buy a farm and have cattle and chickens. I can’t wait to see what she has to say!

  36. says

    We live on my mother-in-law’s property so we don’t really feel like we can homestead on it. However, I know there are ways we can use it better to our advantage. I have so much to learn!

  37. says

    I love the idea of getting more organized with what we already do. So, the information about creating the binder would be so useful!

  38. Karin C. says

    I’m a list person and love having books that inspire us on our homesteading journey. I’m also trying to inspire my city friends and family, so this book would be read and passed onto them so they can do all they can to be more self-sufficient! Love this! :)

  39. Karin C. says

    Can we only receive the free chapter download if we have FB or Twitter? I cancelled mine-need a “simpler” life that doesn’t connect me to so many media distractions!

  40. Abi Craig says

    Already thinking toward a more homestead-style life. Would be great to have the guidance of one who has gone before.

  41. Donna M. says

    I’m most excited about the part of the book that teaches how to homestead no matter where you are. I have absolutely no where in my yard to grow a garden because it is all shaded. My husband doesn’t want to cut down any trees, so I’ve felt “stumped” by how to stock my pantry with home-grown veggies. I hope I win a copy of this ebook! Blessings!

  42. says

    We’re about to move into the country in just a couple months and, while I’ve been looking forward to it for 20 year snow, I’m suddenly terrified at the prospect. I have no idea how to live in the country. This book looks helpful.

  43. says

    I would really like to read this book to understand the concepts of sustainable homestead. We’ve kinda jumped in already, converting our front and backyard to an edible garden, getting chickens, and making kombucha and sprouting foods, but I’d like to learn how to keep this going long term. Thanks for sharing!

  44. samW says

    like the idea of encouraging people to get out & do some homesteading, no matter where you live or how much land you have

  45. says

    I like that Jill has ideas for everyone from apartment dwellers to country folk. Even though we live on five acres, I am sometimes overwhelmed by the possibilities our property affords. I hope to find encouragement for “smaller” projects that I can share with those who are new to the idea of homesteading.

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