Book Giveaway: Enter Now to Win a Copy of The Weekend Homesteader

Weekend Homesteader at Happy Simple Living Blog

This week, I’m giving away two brand spankin’ new copies of Anna Hess’s new book, The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency. Anna blogs over at The Walden Effect, where she writes about simple living and homesteading from the 58-acre property where she lives with her husband in Virginia.

For those of us who don’t live on a farm but still long to be more self-sufficient, this book is full of great ideas. Anna shares photos, experiences and thoughts about topics like finding room and setting goals for your homestead, garden planning, budgeting, eating seasonally, storing drinking water, turning trash into treasures, backup lighting and learning to enjoy what you’ve got.

I loved reading her detailed, budget-conscious descriptions and instructions about raising chickens, baking bread, making a rain barrel, growing edible mushrooms and saving seeds.

If you’d like to win a copy of this book, just comment below and tell us what project you’d most like to implement on your own homestead in the future. Let’s keep this open through next Thursday, November 15 at midnight MST, and I’ll give the books away on Friday.

Thanks to Anna and Skyhorse Publishing for providing the books for this giveaway, and good luck to all of you!


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UPDATE:  Congratulations to Kerry Anita and Jane Bloss, who won the copies of The Weekend Homesteader. Be sure to stop back for more book giveaways in the future!

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

48 comments to Book Giveaway: Enter Now to Win a Copy of The Weekend Homesteader

  • Tammy Walker

    I am interested in vermicomposting and would love to learn how to build my own vermicomposter. I will start keeping bees and chickens in the spring. This book would be a valued resource to me.

  • Johanna

    We would love to start a veggie garden next spring 🙂

  • Hello, i’m new here. Found you on BlogHer. I would love to get more ideas about organizing small spaces.

  • Darla

    My dream project would be to add solar panels to the house. However the project that is most likely to get done is a rain barrel while I lobby the municipality to allow people to raise chickens.

  • Cheryl at KC Farms

    Having just completed fencing a backyard (carved out of our 10 acres), we are extending our fence project along the side of the house to the front garden and the future chicken/duck run. Our plan is to have the runs and coops built by spring in time for chicks and ducklings!

  • Bev

    I would love to win this book–I live in the country and am a tried-and-true country girl–already bake and garden, make soap, etc. However, would love to know more about the more “uncommon” homesteading skills.

  • Tifani G

    Thanks so much for this insightful blog. I am very interested in living “off the grid” or as close to it as I can get. There is a plethora of information on the net, but it can be overwhelming at times. I would love to have a copy of Anna’s book to help organize my tasks & learm from someone who is actually doing it every day. Thanks again!

  • Wendy goss

    We’re in the process of starting to design our permaculture farm and it would be great to win one of the books.We’d like to build a strawbale home and do the same for our chooks,all made from strawbales to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer.

  • the biggest project Id like to undertake is gardening. we move a lot so I think container gardening would be our best option. Im interested in all ways of becoming self sufficient.

  • Patricia

    I have always had flower gardens, but I would love to create a vegetable garden next spring. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for the past couple of years. I love the idea of doing it as a family project with my 11 and 12 year olds and my hubby. I also want to start composting but need to learn how to do it in a cold climate.

  • Shannon

    We want livestock asap!

  • Jane Bloss

    I would love to win this book. I’ve been away from the farm for 28 years and my dream is to move back and build a tiny cabin. I want to go off the grid also!

  • Kristin M

    I would really love this book! We are working on being more self-sufficent & this looks like it would be a big help.

  • Yum! Baking Bread and just in time for the holidays. Baking Bread is something I would love to do all year!

  • Rachel

    I would love to read this book.
    One of my long term goals/projects is to have chickens, but I currently live in a condo so that will have to wait a few years.
    My more short term goal is to find a way to develop a compost solution that the condo association would approve of for the community garden we were able to get put in a few years ago.

  • nicole

    I’m a 23 yr old stay at home mom of 2 and want to make a transition from consuming and dependent on everything commercial, to becoming self sustainable! But I have no idea where to start. This book seems to be a good starting point!!

  • kristi

    The book sounds great! We are always looking for ideas to help us in our quest for the simple life. We are finishing our 2nd year on our 35 acre homestead and loving it 🙂 We have created veggie and fruit gardens, an apple orchard, a greenhouse and flower gardens. Next on the list we are talking about getting chickens, bees and implementing rain barrel and compost systems. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  • Deborah Gore

    I have been gardening for about three years. This year I would like to add a rain collection/barrel system and several fruit trees. I enjoy reading about new ideas during the winter months. I think this book would be a great resource.

  • I would love solar panels and solar water heating. We live in Australia and I don’t know if your giveaway is open worldwide.

  • Rachel S.

    I’m just starting out on the path to simple, self-sufficient living, so there’s a long list of things I’d like to do, but a vegetable garden is probably at the top of my list for next year. I’d love a copy of this book–I need all the help I can get!

  • Jennifer Monroy

    I would love to grow an herb (indoor/outdoor) garden, and just learn to be a little more self-sufficient all around.

  • Chickens and perhaps an angora bunny or 2. Getting a spinning wheel soon.

  • For three years we’ve been saying we’ll build a greenhouse and a chicken coop, and for three years we haven’t. They’re still at the top of our list. 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway!

  • Donna

    I’m so ready to build our passive solar ultra-efficient house as inexpensively as possible! This looks like a great book!

  • ElainieMay

    I would like to implement the Homestead as a multiple family dwelling….with shared gardens,media space, dining, etc, but with private spaces/cabins for the extended family.

    It would be fun to update the dwellings to make the homested more sustainbable.

  • eliza_cross

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Anna. And thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments and ideas – keep ’em coming!

  • Glad to meet you all! I’m the author (and not entering the giveaway, although I did give my last copy of the book away last week — oops! 🙂 Now I’m waiting for new ones to ship from Amazon like everyone else.)

    Joe — Figs have been ultra-easy fruits for us, although in our area (zone 6), they have to be protected for the winter. Everbearing raspberries are even easier and better for northerners.

    April — I don’t have much on honeybees — I almost put in a chapter, then decided they were just a hair too complicated for the weekend homesteader level. I do have a chapter on attracting native bees, though, which gives you the pollination benefits, if not the honey.

  • Kerry Anita

    Looks like a great read! I would love to learn more about seed saving! I love to garden and really want to start saving my seeds, rather than having to buy new ones each year. Oh, and preserving food from my garden. I’d like to learn more about that too:) Love your blog!

  • Mariah

    Thanks for the opportunity! I would like to make a rain barrel, start a vegetable/fruit garden, and eat seasonally to name just a few.

  • Tess

    I’m fairly new at “homesteading” but as a Grandma & mother to 4-legged kids (now!), and with the way everything is going with the economy… I could go on… I just know I need to be more frugal!!! And make use of Farmer’s Markets & growing and making my own stuff!! Canning has been a passion I hope to work on this coming year… Nothing better than homemade anything!!! I hope I win the book so I can better educate myself!! 🙂

  • april

    oh my! this book sounds like the book of my dreams. because i dream of owning acerage and chickens and capturing my own seeds for the next year. and once, after sowing barley in my garden to keep the weeds down til the tomatoes could be planted, i thought how enjoyable it might be to one year plant wheat and take that wheat clear to the bread product, like the little red hen. i would love this book! oooh. and does it discuss bees, too? =)

  • Stacy

    Thank you for promoting your giveaway. We are already solar based. We’ve constructed a Growing Spaces grow dome for year round gardening. Chickens are next on the list. So much to do to be self sufficient … can’t wait to read Anna’s suggestions and ideas.

  • Heather

    I had my first big garden this year- I would love help expanding the season, and getting started with chickens!

  • Beth

    I would love this! We are new home owners and don’t even have a veggie garden yet. That’s our big goal for the spring.

  • eliza_cross

    I am thoroughly enjoying hearing about your project ideas and dreams! You all inspire me!

  • Bonnie

    We have a small garden in our backyard, that we have the desire to grow into something bigger and better, not only for us, but to share with our neighborhood. Not quite sure how to do this, and having two kiddos to take care of, this book would help us develop a plan that we can execute efficiently, without making mistakes year after year. This book wouldn’t just be for the use of one family, but several, in an effort to teach more people the goodness of home-grown!

  • Cate

    I would LOVE to win Anna’s book. My husband is on disability (he’s a vet) and I am recovering from stomach cancer. We are growing our own veggies and will be canning a lot of our own food and look forward to a much healthier lifestyle. The budgeting tips would come in extremely handy for us at this time as money is very tight. (Who doesn’t have this problem?) I also am interested in the garden planning tips and we have started to save seeds — would love to see her ideas on those two subjects. Thank you for offering this book giveaway. What a GREAT idea!!

  • christy howald

    I’ve just began exploring blogs that cover this kind of subject. I’d have to say that drinking water storage would be a priority. I’m also interested in budgeting tips.

  • Dorothy McLeod

    I only have a quarter acre but am striving to become a small permaculture plot. I would love more advice on anything I could do to make this little piece of land self-sufficient.

  • Maddie

    I am new to simple living, meaning that I’m trying to quit consumerism and trying to minimalize. I am also just starting out with things like compost and I’m planning my first vegetable gardens for next spring so I would love the book! The rain barrels sound great as well. Needless to say I’ll be needing some help haha! Even without the book I think I’ll start following Anna and I am enjoying happysimpleliving already!

  • Heather t

    I’d most like to get an herb garden established that is not only productive, but a beautiful and peaceful place to just sit in.

  • Christina

    Awesome book! I’d like to figure out how to homestead with less time (weekends only). I’m newly finding success with gardening and want to be more self sufficient!

  • Karla Hamersma

    I would love to learn about raising chickens. This is something we are going to start raising next spring.

  • Joe

    My next project is fruit trees (I’m thinking fig and/or pawpaw) and berry bushes.

  • Nan Bixby

    We recently bought some land with an old house on it. There was an old pond that needs to be redone, chicken coop to be built, barn and garden area to be made. So many projects to get it ready for us to move in. Thanks for giveaway

  • Lisa

    Great book give away. My dream project would be to install solar panels on our garage roof to power my husband’s car and metal work projects. I’ve got him reading up on implementation and installation – just need to keep it rolling forward.

  • Wow I’d love a copy. I follow Anna at ‘The Walden Effect.’ I already garden, make my own wine and vinegar, etc..but would like to expand my activities to include a cold frame for winter gardening. I’d also like to learn to grow mushrooms.

    Dan @ ZenPresence

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