Monday, May 31, 2010

100th Post: Book Giveaway

From the City and the Country...

We've finally reached it, our 100th post! In celebration we've decided to have a giveaway of one of our favorite farming books. We've both read it and loved it and decided it only made sense that it should be our giveaway.

All you need to do is simply comment on this post. You can just leave your name, tell us why you want it, share what you're making for dinner or let us know what your favorite post has been thus far.

We will announce the winner Thursday night and we'll send the book right to your door.

Farm City; The Education of an Urban Farmer

" I love this book in a way that makes adjectives seem puny and inadequate. It is just flat-out amazing (see? lame) - all that Novella did, the place that she did it in, the things she grew and raised and loved and killed and ate and learned. And how deeply and utterly it paid off- both for her and for anyone fortunate enough to be reading this book. Novella made me want to get up off my ass and go buy a pig! Plant heirloom tomatoes! Build a chicken brooder! Fortunately for all involved, the book was too good to put down, and I just kept on reading instead."
-Mary Roach, author of Stiff and Bonk

On a side note, a warm thanks to all of our followers for reading about our adventures of growing, eating and living in the City and in the Country.


The Harvest Kitchen Sisters
Laura and Amelia


  1. I loved this book! I don't want to give too much away, but I'll never forget the lengths she went to for the sake of feeding her pigs and she gave me the courage to try my hand at bee rearing. Good choice.

    Congratulations on your 100th post. The two of you have a great blog and I am eagerly anticipating the next 100 posts!

    Be well ~Andrea~

  2. Hi there! Congrats to you on your 100th post, cool! Isn't blogging liberating? I love it! You get to interact with likeminded people you've never met but know if you did it would likely be you've long been bosom friends! As far as the book giveaway goes, what a great way to celebrate that 100th post, which makes me wonder how many I have done, hummm......

    I have not read the book but would like to since the comment about making you want to get off your a$$ and go buy a pig, I just did. Funny little pigs they are. Well good luck to all who enter and congrats in advance to whomever the winner is!

  3. Let me count the reasons I should win this book:
    1) I check this blog daily (sometimes twice) and read each post eagerly for a hit of vicarious living both in the big smoke (where I LOVE the choice) and on the farm (where I REVEL in the muck and wonder). Love the photos too!
    2) I've infected my friends and coworkers and our progeny with the addiction.
    3) I am a serious foodie and even when I travel my best days are spent wandering local markets.
    4) I make most recipes and they have all been excellent (tried the bean burgers last night Amy and they were delish)
    5) I scratch away at my garden allotment at Community Gardens in Lindsay and grow beans and lettuce on my lawn.
    6) I've been meaning to read this book for awhile and will pass it around and take it to the library when I'm done.
    Keep up the good work girls. I predict I'll be buying a copy of your book someday.

  4. Hi ladies! I too am a HKS junkie. I have your blog on my RSS feed and I frequently go back and read old posts when there is (ahem) a lag in your posts.

    Here is why I love your blog:
    - It's a great concept! Two similar sisters giving their different takes on the same subjects. I get all mushy thinking about it.
    - It's an important blog because it reminds us where our food comes from and the importance of eating good wholesome food and enjoying it. But it's not preachy at all, it is a pure pleasure to read!
    - Ames, your recipes are great. Those blueberry bran muffins and the quinoa salad are delish and SO HEALTHY.
    - Reading Laura's posts on farming is like being a fly on the wall of a farmer's life. The stories you tell Laur are wonderful and they always invoke some sort of emotion. When reading your posts I've been teary (your dad's Zetor 2011), happy (your new greens), amazed (all the great food you just whip up for your fam), grossed out (dead wolf), sad (your hen that was killed), mushy (Nate saving the blind chic), awe (you eat dandelions?!), and ALWAYS inspired.
    - Laura, your photography is amazing. As a fellow photog, I really value your pics. My absolute fave is the one of the chicken's foot hanging from wire. The lighting is perfection and it does what a photo is supposed to do: make you feel something (for me, a knee jerk reaction of horror...I'm a city girl). Other faves are the boys playing with their wagon and the clothes hanging out on the line.
    - Ames, your food pics are delectable. Perfect captures, natural light, nice angles, I just love them.

    Congrats on your 100th post! What an accomplishment!!

  5. I think you ladies are doing a great job, I read your blogs all the time and they are wonderfully addictive! This book would be great for us, at this time we are starting a garden in town where we live(Huntsville) to try to teach our children where everything can come from and working hard for it pays off in the end. Thank you for inspiring and livening up our dinner table, my family has all appreciated it.

  6. This book sounds like a great read! I would love to read it and hopefully learn about some things to try at my country home.
    Thanks for sharing.
    loko6 at peak dot org

  7. Hello, My name is Sheryl and I just came over from Rural Rivival blog...just from reading your first post I know I will enjoy catching up on the rest of your blog...always ready to learn more and more...Thank you for the oppornunity to try to receive this book.

  8. Hello everyone!
    Thanks so much for all your warm and fuzzy comments!

    Andrea - thanks so much for your support, it's nice coming from another blogger!

    Twisty - good luck with your pig rearing, I can't live without pigs on the farm!

    Barb - Such nice words! Best of luck with the gardens... thanks for spreading the word about us..

    Megan - I almost had a bit of a weep fest, your comments really touched me. You have been so supportive from the jump! This humble farm girl's head just got 1/4 bigger than average size

    Alison - I am glad you enjoy the read and that you get something outta of what we are doing that you can apply to your life and family. It all starts with educating our children.

    Lisawith4 - It is a super great read, if you don't win, I strongly reccomend taking this one out from the library.

    Sheryl - hope you like the read and keep coming back!Goodluck!

    And without further ado...ahem Amy?


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