Giveaway: Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less)

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Today I’m happy to share this giveaway for a signed copy of Angela England’s new book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less). You can meet Angela on today’s podcast — and if you listen you’ll be able to answer the bonus question for a bonus entry.


Angela’s book is a fantastic resource for beginners and advanced homesteaders. There’s something for everyone. She’s thorough in covering everything about homesteading in small spaces — from planning your farming to gardening to raising animals to what to do with the food once you’ve got it. I especially like that her advice isn’t mainstream. For instance, instead of giving you the rundown on the conventional breeds of chickens, she talks about heritage breeds that are better foragers and dual-purpose (meat and eggs). This is really smart and gives you more flexible and potentially more successful options.

If you decide to purchase the book yourself (before December 20, 2012), you can get a fabulous FREE bonus pack of books. Here’s where to buy it, and here are the bonus pack instructions.

What’s In The Book?

You can transform your yard into a sustainable bounty of healthy food.

It doesn’t take a lot of space to reap a bountiful harvest of nutritious, affordable food. With proper planning, you can grow your own fresh vegetables and fruit; raise chickens and  goats for eggs, milk, or meat; and keep bees for honey—on as little as a quarter-acre of land.

Whether your goal is to eat healthier, save money, live more sustainably, or a combination of these, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) helps you get there.  Comprehensive and detailed, it covers everything you need to know to plan, purchase, plant, raise, harvest, preserve, and enjoy your own backyard farm. Written by someone who has done exactly that, this helpful guide is packed with information, illustrations, instructions, advice, and resources. In it, you get:

  • Down-to-earth advice on acquiring land or using the space you have, plus considerations such as water access and zoning restrictions.
  • A useful primer on garden planning, including edible landscaping and container, raised bed, and vertical gardening.
  • Key information on the tools and knowledge you need to prepare your soil and plant, nurture, and protect your garden.
  • Tips on maximizing your harvest through crop rotation and succession and extending the growing season.
  • Details on cultivating dozens of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and other popular crops.
  • Startup instructions on buying and raising chickens and other poultry for eggs or meat; goats and sheep for milk, meat, or fiber; and rabbits for fiber or meat.
  • The essentials of animal care, including housing, signs and prevention of illness, breeding, milking, and shearing.
  • A year-round guide to beekeeping, with tips for acquiring a hive, keeping healthy bees, and harvesting the honey.
  • Comprehensive coverage of home preserving techniques for every type of food you grow or raise.

Who Is Angela?

Angela England is a freelance writer who, along with her husband and four children, cultivates a 1/2-acre farm in their backyard, where they raise dairy and meat goats, keep free-range chickens, and maintain a productive garden of fruits and vegetables. They started with a small garden and took on chickens, goats, bees, and fruit trees over time, eventually managing a larger plot while shedding the conveniences of urban life. Angela is the Founder of Untrained Housewife (, which guides others in the arts of rural living. She also manages and maintains the Blissfully Domestic web community and contributes to other sites and forums.

The Giveaway

Allrighty, it’s time to get to that giveaway!


What’s up for grabs: a signed copy of Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) by Angela England.

This giveaway begins today and ends next Sunday, the 23rd of December, at midnight. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, December 24, 2012.

It is open to anyone, anywhere. :)

Use the widget below to enter. Don’t forget: if you listen to the podcast, you’ll know the answer to the bonus question and therefore get another entry.

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That’s it! Best wises, everyone!

Don’t forget — if you purchase the book yourself (before December 20, 2012), you can get a fabulous FREE bonus pack of books. Here’s where to buy it, and here are the bonus pack instructions.

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. Ammetta Whigham says

    Since buying into 2 local farms, having a backyard garden is next on my list to do with my family! This is a great giveaway!

  2. Marie says

    I’ve got a bit more than an acre, but learning how to use it, that’s what I need! A “productive garden of fruit’s and vegetables” , exactly what I need :)

  3. says

    Oh, I am planning to do chickens next year if I can find someone to help me build a proper enclosure and also want to do more to be self-sustaining. I would love some pygmy goats to milk every day for raw fresh milk. This book is right up my alley!

  4. Tina says

    I started on my city lot, by removing the concrete driveway, then recycling that driveway to make raised beds for gardening. I’d love to learn more, and am hoping to move to chickens this year. Love books like this!

  5. Amanda says

    This book is exactly what my husband and I need. I’ll probably just end up buying it. We are planning on moving soon to a home with more land, but no more than an acre. So this will be really helpful.

  6. Deb Whitten says

    I have a small plot of land that I garden on but I would love to know what else I could easily accomplish on this land :-)

  7. Tanya Bell says

    I would love to learn how to turn my small plot of land into a small homestead! We have had a small garden and want to venture into getting chickens soon, but I’m clueless! This book would definitely help!

  8. shelly says

    Having a 3 acre plot, we’ve got a bit more space. We also have 8 kids, so probably need more space than most, too. I can’t wait to read the book.

  9. Sarah Cooper says

    The intensive (low acrage) aspect interests me the most. We have a small area in which to work, on our property, and I’m really looking for ways to maximize our space and output! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

  10. Salome says

    Living on less than half an acre, and not being able to move at present time, I want to be able to use what land I do have to its fullest.

  11. Katrina S says

    The section on bee keeping is something I’d love to read right now, since we are wanting to get bees in the next year or so.

  12. Heidi Maxwell says

    I’m still learning how to utilize our smaller space to its maximum potential. this book would be a great resource~

  13. Carla Barnes says

    I’m interested in the book because I have about an acre, and would love to begin developing it so I could be better nourished and more self-sufficient!

  14. Penny Simmons says

    I am so excited about this book! I have a sister who is on the brink of joining me on this homesteading/ traditional food journey as she prepares to move to her own land and this will be an excellent intro for her, and an excellent encouragement for me as I continue to expand our homestead! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy!

  15. says

    I’ve got so much to learn about successful gardening that there is a lot I am interested in – having set up an unheated greenhouse I’m very interested in her chapter on extending the seasons, but I still need lots of the basics about crop rotation, etc.!

  16. Rebecca says

    I have always been interested in bee keeping, but not sure how to go about it, so this book looks like it could give me some pointers.

  17. Sarah says

    I have another book on farming, but I feel like it only gave all the”traditional” advice, I am really interested the more detailed information about heritage breeds and vertical gardening. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  18. Judy J says

    Land is so expensive out here that we are learning to be content with our 1/3 of an acre. This book would help optimize our use of it. Thank you for the opportunity ot win!

  19. Terri says

    I am most interested in learning more about how to be less dependent on businesses and more dependent on my own efforts at health and sustainable living. I am inspired by your accomplishments!!!

  20. says

    What intersts me most about this book is:
    The small space on which you can produce so mcuh for your family. The crop roation, The fact you can put chickens in your garden and still have crops. I put this on my must have books. I have the garden space, I have the chickens and goats. Now I need the knowledge and I know by listening to the podcast I can find a real down to earth way to make it work for me. Thanks you both!

  21. Kim says

    I’m pretty good with the gardening but am very interested in learning more about incorporating animals and also other ideas besides just food such as the beeswax. Sounds like a great book!

  22. says

    I would love to learn more about keeping chickens and vertical gardening. We have a smallish city lot, and already do quite a bit of gardening. I’d love to expand to producing even more of our own food.

  23. Dawn says

    Having moved from Ontaio, Canada to souher GA, I am seriously struggling with growin just about anything down here. I’m hoping this book reawaken my green thumb!

  24. Ashley says

    I am thrilled to hear about this book coming out! My family and I are busy building our chicken coop to raise our first chickens. We are beyond excited! We would also love to continue to transform our two acres into our own little homestead. Neither my husband or myself were raised with the necessary skills to accomplish this, so this book sounds like a valuable resource!

  25. Rachel says

    My husband and I used to live on a half acre but have recently moved into an apartment because he got a new job. This makes me feel a little nostalgic for that half acre again! I look forward to finding a little land and building a house in the next year or so. Can’t wait to have little chickens and goats running around :-)

  26. says

    My husband and I have talked about adding chickens sometime in the next couple years, but neither of us understand why a chicken too old to produce eggs would not be plucked and cooked for the table, at least as a soup. Hearing about the section on chicken breads which could be used both as egg producers and for meat intrigues me.

  27. says

    This would be perfect for me! We have just about an acre, but I am a complete novice at homesteading. This fall we got some raised beds up and are seriously considering chicken, but I don’t really know how to take care of them. I would love this book!

  28. Joellen says

    Everything! We’ve started a very, very small garden, but we want to learn to be more self-sufficient, growing more of our food.

  29. Diana says

    I am hoping soon that we can purchase some land and start our own little homestead. I have been doing a lot of research and I think in the next 2 years it will be a reality. thanks for sharing all your knowledge with us. diana

  30. says

    I am living in a suburban area but have aspirations of a farm in the country someday. Until that day I want to do what I can with what I have and this book seems to be just what I am looking for to help me do that. I love the whole concept of this book!

  31. Gail E says

    My husband and I are trying to figure out exactly how and where to begin as we currently live in the city and are looking for more acreage. When I listened to you and about the book on Wardeh’s podcast I thought it would be the perfect resource to provide the information we need.

  32. says

    The whole books sounds great . . . I would love to learn more about how to rotate all the different plants and animals around. Thanks for making us aware of such a unique resource.

  33. kristi says

    love this stuff, we are living on .48 of an care inside a sleepy little town in Mo. We currently have chickens, rabbits, and a pair of ducks. We hope to sell eggs and meat at our local FM this spring. I am learning all I can right now.

  34. Amy says

    We will be moving from northern California back to the Midwest in a few months & are in the midst of planning what our life will look like at that point. We definitely want to create a homestead for our family & this book looks like an excellent source of info for us!

  35. Julie Snow says

    I would love to learn about keeping backyard chickens! Then I’d like to learn how to change ordinances so I CAN keep backyard chickens :)

  36. Steph says

    We recently mover to a suburban area, our dreams of having a farm were a bit destroyed, but we needed to have an affordable home for our income. I chose to be a SAHM and well one income doesn’t always go far wit a bigger family. This book interests me because it will show me and my family how we can still live our dream where we are. Thanks for offering this giveaway

  37. Chrissy says

    I have just completed my nursing diploma. I am interested in rural nursing, so my hubby and I are wanting to sell up and buy a property out west on some acreage. We are not farmers or have any experience with livestock except our 4 chickens that we have in our back yard at present (500 square metre block) – its a beginning. I make kefir and grind my own wheat/rye, amongst a few other things. Our climate here in Australia/Queensland can be quite harsh and unforgiving and some things are very hard to grow because of temperature fluctuations in areas including the dry and flood seasons. I believe this book can assist us with ideas and know-hows and be an excellent resource of information of what we would need to know.

  38. Jennifer says

    I love the idea of a backyard farm and have recently been interested in learning about keeping bees as well as having chickens and goats!

  39. Marilyn K says

    Just having a good resource like this would be a big help. I always call a friend when I have questions, so I bet she would be happy I had a book like this too!

  40. Krista says

    Everything! We’re currently looking for a piece of property while getting our house ready to sell. This is exactly what we want to do. We would like to be as self-sufficient as we can. Thank you.

  41. Rachel says

    I would love to get this book and learn more what I can do in my own backyard. We can’t have chickens or bees because the back yard is too small according to the city but I love working on sustainment projects.

  42. Lloyd Sizemore says

    I have recently purchased a home on 2 acres and am working on setting it up to raise our food. I have plans for gardens, vineyard, orchard, green house, aquaponics,rain water harvesting, chickens, goats, ducks and what ever else comes along. I am always looking for good ideas that will help my little farm be more efficient and I think this would be a great asset.

  43. Jennifer says

    I live on a little over 1/4 acre in town and have a garden already. Our city is finally talking about allowing up to 12 backyard chickens. I would love to learn about the different varieties and also just everything I can about using our land to its fullest. Thank you for this opportunity!

  44. Susan says

    I live on a large urban lot where I grow most of the food to meet my yearly needs. What interests me most about Angela’s book is how she added chickens, bees, etc. to her urban farm as I am now in the midst of planning how I am going to do the same thing on my urban lot.

  45. Laura says

    A food revolution started in my house about 6 months ago when I read Nourishing Traditions. Ever since, I’ve been spending more time in my kitchen making better quality foods, reading real food / traditional food blogs, and dreaming about how to grow and preserve more of our own food. I would love to have a go-to resource to answer all my questions.

  46. Kathy T says

    We used to do a good deal of homesteading on a half acre and now we have a lot of acres but I still think this book would help to ease into a lot of acreage. Plus, now my son and daughter-in=law live in our old house and it would be great to help them.

  47. Deb Hemphill says

    We are getting ready to move to another house and hope to expand our gardening capabilities. So many of our friends are just starting out in homesteading. We hope to be working with them in a cooperative fashion sometime in the future. What a great help this book would be!

  48. says

    Everything in this book interests me! But, the thing that interests me most is maximizing your harvest. we have limited sun in our yard so we have limited growing space. I’d like to learn how to get the most out of the garden space we have. My dream is to become as self sufficient as possible.

    Thanks for offering this great giveaway!

  49. Stephanie C says

    This book we be awesome. We have a little over 1/2acre now but looking to purchase land. Would love to learn how to work the land we have now to it’s greatest potential.

  50. Jennifer says

    What a neat source. If my husband and I buy the property we re now renting I have plans for a huge garden and chickens. Maybe a few meat goats. Not only to feed us, but also my cat and dog who I cook homeade food for.

  51. says

    We bought a house on a acre this April so we could grow most of our food. A few months later, we learned that we had not ONE, but TWO acres! We dug up our asparagus form our other house and planted them here. Can’t wait to get the garden started! I need all the help & advice I can get!

  52. Billie Yates says

    I’ve wanted for so long to transform my little bitty plot of land into a garden I can feed my family from…:)

  53. martha says

    Would be nice to have a step by step guide to follow BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i often run off the track and need directions Nice to have valuable information,,THANKS

  54. Jeanna Feliciano says

    We live in the city on about a half acre. I look around the yard and think about how I can plant in order to raise most of our fruits and veggies. It would be great to have a resource for ideas!

  55. Susanne says

    We’re trying to make our little piece of suburbia as self-sufficient as possible. This book sounds like a great tool to have in our “kit.”

  56. says

    We moved out to our property in the country almost seven yeara ago now. My garden has failed every single year.. Iam (obviously) in desperate need of advice! The people around that offer advice only want to tell about chemical fertilizers.

    • Leah G says

      Have you tried mushroom compost or kelp and fishmeal? we live in NC and have horrible rocky clay soil and this made it into something usable and we had a fantastic garden. No other chemicals added….well maybe some wild bunny droppings.

  57. Robin M. says

    We live on 7 acres and currently have chickens. In the near future, I hope to get a couple of dairy goats and maybe a calf and a cow. I grow a garden but would love to do more.

  58. Tina McElhattan says

    What interests me the most about this book, a little bit of everything in it. Especially the useful primer on garden planning, including edible landscaping and container, raised bed, and vertical gardening, plus learning how to preserve it. I have 1.2 acres and it’s not being used as productively as it should be. I need to learn to grow my own food and save money.

  59. Lori says

    We farm 3 acres with chickens, goats, hogs and produce. We’d like to learn more about growing crops to feed our animals so we are not so dependent on the feed mill.

  60. Barbara Sibley says

    I want to learn as much as I can about growing my own food. We have started with chickens and need to know what to do next. This book sounds like it might have the answers. Thanks.

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